Cloud computing helping charity sector
Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular with the charity sector, according to a recent report in The Guardian newspaper.
Times are tough for all of us at the moment and the news that the country is in an official double dip recession will do nothing to help matters. Average households are donating less to charity, leaving the ‘third sector’ to find a way to deliver more and more with less and less.
Cloud computing has helped in many ways, according to the article. Smaller charity organisations are enjoying the fact that they no longer have to splash out on expensive hardware and equipment straight away. With the use of outsourced SaaS and remote desktops, for example, charities can keep operating costs very low. They can also open up IT workers’ days to help with more strategic functions.
One of the greatest challenges facing the sector, according to Carrenza’s Dan Sutherland, is having the right IT infrastructure in place to accept donations efficiently. This is particularly relevant to larger charities like Comic Relief and Sport Relief, which have to accept a massive volume of donations in a short amount of time.
Similar problems occur for any charity that gets involved with fundraising activities. Mr Sutherland spoke to The Guardian about the cloud computing systems his firm was able to help charities with. He explained, “We've been working with Comic Relief, for Red Nose Day and Sport Relief since 2008 and have created one of the first cloud-based charity donation platforms."
"This approach means that Sport Relief doesn't have to run physical infrastructure all year round, but can scale up by a factor of around 400 times in the peak period,” he added.
Charities can opt for a leased line connection to ensure that they have a strong enough broadband connection to enable them to make the most of cloud services.