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Jaguar Adopts Cloud Computing Jaguar Land Rover has taken another step towards the complete modernisation of its IT system as it seeks to adopt cloud computing. The motor manufacturer has already updated its IT with virtualisation and desktop virtualisation, moving from a UK-based facility to a globally-centric one by upgrading its datacentre infrastructure, Computer Weekly reports.
That move enabled it to offer more automation, in addition to better connections and IT services to an increasingly mobile and interactive workforce. Now it wants to operate more efficiently and sees the cloud as the next step. Chief technical officer at Jaguar Gordon McMullan acknowledged: "We are still relatively immature in the cloud era," but said the firm is taking steps to roll out the technology and make good use of it.
He added: "Adoption of private cloud, followed by public cloud to build a hybrid IT is a well-known cloud maturity model and that’s our cloud adoption strategy,” explaining that the bulk of the workloads will be hosted on the private cloud and about ten per cent will be on its public platform. Mr McMullan went on to state that the purpose of using the cloud was not to cut costs, but to meet the scaleability challenges of the company's increasing global expansion. This planned growth will include adding 1,700 engineers to the workforce and double the supplier base to 200,000 – a huge number of contacts that will be handled far more easily and efficiently through the cloud.
While most companies will not be seeking to make their own expansion plans as grand as those of a large company such as Jaguar Land Rover, the adoption of the cloud can be applicable in many situations, with the overriding benefit of helping to connect people working remotely to those who may need to access data from a central source swiftly. Jaguar's move comes at a time when the company is investing ÂŁ1.5 billion in creating a new range of advanced aluminium vehicles, which will include the arrival of a new mid-sized premium sports sedan in 2015.
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