Phase One of Hinkley Point C Cloud Migration Completed: Corporate
April 13, 2022
Microsoft solutions provider Avanade has completed the first phase of a project to bring state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure to EDF’s Hinkley Point C (HPC), providing a secure cloud platform to support construction of the world’s first nuclear power plant from the UK to be built in over 20 years. Additional applications will be migrated in future phases.
A different type of cloud in this view of a bunker lid lift during the construction of an HPC (Image: EDF)
Avanade said the company, which is part-owned by Microsoft, and HPC have overcome challenges unique to the nuclear power industry, including intensive security, data retention and regulatory considerations through the Cloud Foundations methodology. unique and robust solution from Avanade combined with the Microsoft Azure platform.
Avanade’s project manager, Peter Jennings, said the “groundbreaking” project demonstrated the essential role of the cloud in “the most ambitious and sensitive” projects. “The state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure that underpins building HPC will enable thousands of workers to better collaborate and manage the UK’s largest sustainable energy project for a generation,” he said. . “With our partners at Hinckley Point C, we have built an extremely secure and scalable IT infrastructure, with a high degree of automation that delivers greater efficiency.”
Given the scale of the HPC project – one of the largest construction projects in Europe – it needed an IT infrastructure focused on security and scale, Avanade said. The company worked with HPC to design and build the new secure cloud environment, bringing together components of HPC’s existing infrastructure and the Azure cloud to control access to information. This provided a secure foundation for the migration of key services, new servers and document storage.
“Several thousand” additional field staff are now using the platform and information to support construction activities, Avanade said. He also streamlined processes so that more than half of the tasks required by Avanade, EDF and other third parties are automated.
Research and writing by World Nuclear News