The Royal Mail Group, the U.K.'s national postal service, recently migrated more than 28,000 employees from legacy IT solutions to the cloud, according to a recent computing.co.uk report.
The move is part of a larger initiative by the organization to implement cloud computing across the board.
As the only organization that delivers daily postal services to every single household and business in the U.K., the RMG has a large infrastructure in place. With more than 165,000 employees, the organization processes and delivers more than 70 million items per week, to more than 28 million addresses, according to the report.
Each week, the RMP serves more than 24 million customers at its post offices and processing sites.
According to computing.co.uk, the RMG is currently government-owned, but this could change, as discussions are now underway that could lead to partial privatization of the organization.
Given the immensity of its operations, it is perhaps understandable that the RMG would look for ways to optimize its infrastructure and make its IT systems as efficient and cost-effective as possible.
To this end, the organization made the decision to migrate to the cloud. "The elastic and flexible nature of cloud computing, which allows for capacity growth or shrinkage, together with the virtual elimination of up-front capital expenditure, were among the compelling drivers in favor of transitioning services into a cloud computing environment," the news provider reported RMG infrastructure management head Adrian Steel as saying.
The organization is shifting from a legacy system that incorporates IBM Lotus Notes. According to the report, the cost of running the old infrastructure was "spiralling," while efficiency was suffering.
As with other organizations, the RMG would do well to consider cloud computing security as it migrates to the cloud. According to a recent SunGard report, IT architecture should be optimized and secured before adopting a cloud computing solution.