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UK Scouts Map Digital Transformation with Hybrid Cloud




One of the largest UK nonprofit youth organizations with a customer base in the millions, The Scout Association determined that it needed to replace its traditional IT infrastructure with a cloud-based solution that could support its evolving needs.

As youth members are becoming increasingly tech savvy, the association needs to provide faster response times. With social media emerging as a central point of communication, it needs real-time capabilities, as well. And the ability to deliver new services and tools to accommodate new members is a priority—as is maintaining control of the data.

The Scout Association CIO Alexis Cheshire and his team knew their solution needed to combine the power of public cloud capabilities and back-end support. So, the organization partnered with OCSL, an HPE Platinum Partner, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to put in place a world-class hybrid cloud infrastructure built on HPE Helion OpenStack®.

“Putting everything in a public cloud is not an option given some of the sensitive data we need to maintain and manage,” says Cheshire. “But a fully private, on-premises infrastructure just won’t satisfy the demands of our growing customer base. We need to be able to move between both a public and private cloud.”

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The Best of Both Worlds

One of the association’s top priorities is to expand its services beyond location-based events and adult training. The organization is working toward providing more tech-driven offerings, such as e-learning, private social spaces for members, and integrated mobile applications.

Although it’s too early to quantify the cost savings and other benefits, building the hybrid cloud infrastructure on HPE Helion OpenStack provides The Scout Association with the flexibility, agility, and ease of management it needs to succeed.

Breadth and Depth of the Partner Experience

Working with seasoned cloud providers, like OCSL and HPE, has eased the process of ushering a decades-old organization into the digital era significantly, according to Cheshire.

“We’re able to learn the lessons we need to learn quickly,” Cheshire says. “It’s been really helpful because it enables us to push back and challenge some of our thinking and make sure we’re taking the right steps at the right time. I don’t think we’d be able to achieve our digital transformation goals without the power of HPE and OCSL.”


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