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Venerable Financial Times goes cloudy

by on07 January 2021

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The 132-year-old Financial Times has managed to get its entire operation onto the cloud and save money by closing its data centres.

Greg Cope, technical director for enterprise services and security at the organisation told Computing that in 2019 the FT decided that it would close its remaining data centres in 2020, launching a project called ‘Cloud 2020'. It was a large operation, with lots of supplier contracts designed to end at the same time.

"We had to migrate our newspaper CMS [Content Management System], and our digital print systems, amongst others", said Cope.

Part of the Cloud 2020 project involved making the CMS available over the internet in a secure way, using encryption and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

"So now our editorial colleagues can work from anywhere, which is a big win for them, and really helped us as we went into lockdown in March last year", said Cope.

The operation is based around Amazon’s cloud and so far seems to be working better than the old expensive data centre operations.

Last modified on 08 January 2021
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