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Arup constructs a better world in the cloud by delivering agile and flexible digital

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Another principal driver for change was the need to increase the productivity of each component of Arup's IT estate, as the complexity of the old setup meant the organisation's central IT function was being slowed down by incompatible back- office processes. The company's aim was to transform and modernise its existing Data centre model. This would free up the organisation from the constraints of on-site infrastructure and provide greater operational agility. Dai David, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Technology at Arup, explained the need to overhaul the company's digital estate: "Cloud technology platforms enable us to develop digital products and services in an agile and scalable environment. It is a fast and ever changing landscape and we need to be flexible. It also helps us align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. "If we don't differentiate to provide value, we run the risk of losing ground to niche providers. Working with Claranet, we can adapt and continue to aggregate multiple services and to deliver As A Service solutions to our customers. Claranet case study Arup The challenge "Due to its large scope and size, with offices located around the world, Arup's digital infrastructure was spread across eight large global Data Centres, 70 server rooms, and several different public cloud providers. Over time, this infrastructure landscape had become complex to manage, expensive to maintain, and inefficient to operate. As part of Arup's long-term modernisation strategy, the company chose a 'cloud-first' approach to its technology platforms and connectivity in order to reduce capex and boost the economic resilience of the organisation. A key objective for Arup was to decommission as many Data Centres as possible and reduce the footprint of those remaining by consolidating processing and power usage requirements. Arup Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. The company employs more than 14,000 people in over 30 countries. Recent projects include the High Speed 1 railway line, Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium, and the iconic Sagrada Família church in Barcelona. Arup constructs a better world in the cloud by delivering agile and flexible digital It was important for us to put a new frameworks in place...to fully embrace the agility and versatility of hyperscaler cloud."

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