The UK Ministry of Labor and Pensions says it has managed to reduce the time it takes to deploy its cloud services from hours to 15 minutes by automating key implementation steps and working on a common container orchestration platform.

Established in 2001, DWP is responsible for various public services in the United Kingdom, including various social assistance, pension and child support schemes, which serve up to 22 million claimants per year.

Demand for its services increased during the pandemic with rising unemployment, sparking a desire in various function development teams to accelerate deployment and respond to this changing demand.

Creating a common cloud platform

Starting 18 months ago, DWP Digital, which employs 5,000 people and is responsible for the technology state of the department, turned to Red Hat to explore how a common layer of its OpenShift container management platform could enable all engineers to consistently deploy their microservices in one platform, regardless of the basic infrastructure.

“Over and over again, we’ve seen teams want to adopt cloud ways of working, but we wanted Red Hat to help us collaborate on a common platform and open source ways,” Dean Clark, DWP Digital’s technical manager, told InfoWorld.

Historically, DWP has managed technology assets through stand-alone teams running its applications both on-site and in a combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure public cloud platforms.

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