Ministry of Defence (MoD) engages Netcompany to migrate pivotal apps into MODCloud

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Netcompany, an international IT services company, has migrated 47 Ministry of Defence (MoD) applications from a legacy private cloud environment to MODCloud.

These applications include the armed forces websites and many more, used by hundreds of thousands of users.

A key objective for the migration was to deliver greater flexibility to manage and engineer applications, enabling app owners to scale use, giving greater resilience and cyber security. It will also deliver significant cost savings to the taxpayer.   

The MoD supports the country’s national interests, safeguards prosperity and manages the day-to-day running of the UK’s armed forces. Working with the MoD Core Enabling Services team, Netcompany completed the discovery, design, build and assisted with the migration of the applications on target by the end of June 2022. 

This migration forms part of a wider large-scale data centre rationalisation initiative started in 2019, with the MoD keen to get as many of its applications out of legacy data centres and into a public cloud infrastructure and a more sustainable and cost-effective hosting environment. Not only would this deliver significant cost savings, but it would also provide the MoD with the scope to refactor applications, making them more cloud-native, which will deliver additional cost savings for taxpayers in the future. But, more than that, it will enable the MoD to rapidly deploy new services and deliver much greater scope to innovate at pace.  It has added a layer of operational and strategic agility which will not only benefit the MoD on a day-to-day basis but will allow it to scale more easily in times of domestic or international crisis. Now the MoD is confident in its futureproofed capabilities and is better able to meet the demands of citizens as well as its armed forces and their families.

Richard Davies, UK country manager partner of Netcompany, added: “Given our extensive industry and domain knowledge, as well as our strong track record, we understand the challenges that the MoD encounters daily, and as a result were able to assist in rapidly and successfully deploying their applications. Today it is vitally important that our armed forces are as efficient, productive, and innovative as possible and moving to a public cloud infrastructure will deliver the flexibility and agility they need, both now and in the future.”

Netcompany claims to have a strong track record of working with UK public sector departments to enable powerful, large-scale digital transformation projects that deliver societal impact. For example, it has successfully delivered and deployed COVID-19 certification apps in Denmark and Norway and worked closely with NHS England on the development of the England and Wales COVID pass, which enabled these countries to open societies back up, safely, and quickly.

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