The Met Office is the UK’s National Weather Service, with a long history of weather forecasting, and has been working in the area of climate change for more than two decades.
They are a Trading Fund within the UK’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills, operating on a commercial basis under set targets.
As a world leader in providing weather and climate services, the company employs more than 1,800 at 60 locations throughout the world.
The Met Office is recognised as one of the world’s most accurate forecasters, using more than 10 million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric model and a high performance supercomputer to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings a day. These are delivered to a huge range of customers from government to businesses, the general public, armed forces, and other organisations.
The Met Office provides forecasts for the public as well as offering a range of services and information for clients in the public and private sectors. This means continuous updates and deployment of applications to improve services.
The Configuration Management (CM) Team, part of Service Transition at the Met Office, needed to upgrade their in-house deployment solution for new releases of applications to address challenges they were facing related to speed and scalability for their customers.
Additionally, the team was looking to support other groups in the organisation, but taking on more responsibilities required a substantial improvement in efficiency of the deployment process.
The overhead of maintaining and extending the scope of their in-house solution led the Met Office to look for a more flexible solution that could better scale and support continuous delivery. XL Deploy from XebiaLabs enables the company to save time, reduce the risk of errors and records all deployments, ensuring not just more efficient performance but also the ability to keep track of and report on deployment results.
Alan Morbey, Configuration Management Team Leader at the Met Office explains “XL Deploy is a very focused product, with a simple interface, and designed to minimize deployment errors.”
XL Deploy is model-driven rather than workflow-oriented, with unique deployment plan generation capabilities. This makes it easier to use and scale, as well as being a better fit for migration from the Met Office in-house solution.
Within a timeframe of only a few weeks, the Met Office has already seen an indication of the reduction in errors and increased efficiency with XL Deploy.
Compared with their in-house system, deployment times have been reduced from 10 minutes on average per deployment to one minute or less with XL Deploy — with all deployments being automatically recorded, something which was previously not possible. In addition, the company has been able to increase the number of projects and services managed, now in the low hundreds with two major release windows along with numerous minor and interim releases per month.
“The more we use XL Deploy, the more we’ll see in terms of time savings and efficiencies” concludes Alan Morbey, Configuration Management Team Leader at the Met Office.