Building a Community Cloud for Employees and Businesses

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Executive Summary

Salford City Council is one of 10 metropolitan district councils within Greater Manchester in the northwest of England. Their challenges are to support growth of small and medium-sized businesses, overcome infrastructure capacity constraints and transform IT from cost base to revenue stream. They chose Cisco Community cloud based on FlexPod. The results of deploying Cisco were up to 99 percent server virtualization, helping provision private cloud services to local businesses, server capacity increased by 50 percent, improving delivery and responsiveness of applications and five-to-one reduction in data center floor space requirements, providing room for revenue-generating hosting services.

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