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LED shapes up with managed Azure migration with Claranet

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The challenge With a deep commitment to the communities it serves, LED is passionate about continuously improving the services it offers, and empowering its team to meet the needs of its customers and the wider organisation. The technology that sits behind its leisure centres – from its website for online bookings to its database and payment processing application – is critical to achieving these aims. Reliability and availability of these applications are therefore essential. About LED Established in 2006, LED (LED Leisure Management Ltd) is a charitable not-for-profit organisation which aims to bring a range of cultural, sporting, and physical activities to people living in South West England. The charity currently employs over 400 staff across 19 leisure centres in the region. LED works hard to improve access to its facilities by maintaining active communications via its website and social media channels, and by keeping its programmes fun and interactive. LED shapes up with managed Azure migration with Claranet Claranet case study LED Leisure Management Ltd Moving to the cloud offered the opportunity to right-size our infrastructure." " In addition, as a charity, cost is another key consideration, so the organisation makes every effort to ensure that it is operating as efficiently as possible. LED had been hosting its applications and servers in a traditional on-premise environment, through which the leisure centres accessed a centralised Remote Desktop Server (RDS) farm, which ran its booking and payment applications. While this setup had served the organisation well in the past, the operating system was nearing end of life and with its support contract coming to an end. Within this context LED saw the opportunity to migrate its applications to the cloud to future- proof its operations and achieve greater cost efficiencies. Kate Hoskins, Head of Finance and Support Services at LED, explained: "As an organisation we've been steadily transforming our services and the technologies that support us to better serve our customers and employees, and help to move the business forward. A lack of flexibility in our previous on- premise arrangement slowed the pace of this transformation and meant that we were paying for capacity that wasn't used a lot of the time. The fact that they only pay for the infrastructure they use will have a huge financial impact." "

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