A private cloud has successfully been built for United Kingdom gas and electricity metering solutions provider OnStream Utility Metering Services Limited by the global information technology, consulting and outsourcing business Wipro Technologies.
The project was initiated in October 2010. As part of it, OnStream replaced its existing legacy IT infrastructure with a new service driven model using a private cloud approach. This approach aligned the IT architecture to be more flexible in functionality and configuration while at the same time lowering operational cost and improving responsiveness.
“With the commencement of a smart metering rollout in the U.K. and the need for a flexible dual fuel smart metering offering, OnStream embarked on a transformational program through 2010 and into 2011,” commented Declan McLaughlin, head of transformation at OnStream. “OnStream envisages that the private cloud based framework will drive consistency across IT environments so that OnStream can build on existing investments and skill sets.”
This project, which uses Microsoft’s Private Cloud solution, will help OnStream seamlessly manage heterogeneous environments, standardize and automate data center processes to continue to optimize business efficiencies. The solution will also provide timely insights into key business applications that will help in delivering a new level of customer service management. This will lead to a common identity management platform that can seamlessly federate to public cloud in line with the business demands in future.