Origin Energy expands public cloud push

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Origin Energy expands public cloud push

"Re-assembles" cloud teams, earmarks more workloads.

Origin Energy is restructuring its internal cloud practice, coinciding with an expansion of the number of workloads it plans to migrate into public cloud.

The utility told iTnews it is in the process of “re-assembling” its cloud personnel “under three new units”, all of which report into head of cloud Mark Ledgerwood.

Two of those units appear to handle back-of-house functions.

A cloud architecture and automation unit is being set up to oversee architecture, standards, common artefacts and automation.

A second unit called cloud shared services will handle “foundation services, service management and operations, account management and financials”, the company said.

The company’s front-facing efforts on cloud, meanwhile, are to be handled by a new cloud business office, known as the CBO.

Origin described the CBO as “an 'engagement, evangelisation and feedback' function ... that focuses on driving the adoption of the Origin cloud services effectively across the Origin business”.

“The CBO not only front ends service enablement to customers for the cloud services function but provides internal services to support successful operation” of the other two cloud units, the company said.

The office will oversee “engagement, consultancy, business case development, solutions architecture, project delivery and training”, among other functions.

Origin is involved in a multi-year “cloud first” project that aims to “progressively and aggressively move new and existing applications and workloads into public cloud environments”.

iTnews reported back in September 2016 that "more than 1000 workloads” had been earmarked for migration out of its data centres and into the cloud.

It appears that number is set to grow as the company moves deeper into the cloud-first project.

“Under the new structure, Origin will move a further 500-plus workloads to public cloud, allowing us to substantially reduce our data centre footprints,” Origin Energy’s chief technology officer Shane Thatcher told iTnews.

Origin began its cloud journey in early 2016 when business units began consuming public cloud services outside of central IT oversight.

The company’s market risk unit was the first to spin up AWS instances, committing what it called a “minor infringement of policy” by paying for compute on a corporate credit card in order to quickly simulate a new project.

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