International development charity Christian Aid is migrating its website from a Linux/Apache based platform to a Microsoft Windows environment after signing a new management contract with Attenda.
The charity has signed a five-year web application managed services contract with Attenda to host and manage its new corporate website and microsites. Christian Aid uses its web presence to raise funds online as well as to provide information and campaigning material.
The contract will provide a resilient Windows environment made up of clustered SQL Server 2005 Servers and Microsoft's .NET framework. Christian Aid has built its new corporate website on the new hosted web infrastructure, while three campaign websites are still to be migrated across.
Phill Humphries, infrastructure and operations manager at Christian Aid, said the charity had been looking for high levels of security and availability for the new website.
“We also required a partner aligned with the nature of our work, providing flexible scalability in the event of a natural or human disaster when traffic to the site is likely to increase considerably,” he said.
Christian Aid selected Attenda through the Catalist framework deals set up by government’s public sector procurement agency OGC Buying Solutions.
The charity has also been developing other areas of its infrastructure. In March it rolled out compression software so overseas aid and development workers can tap into its collaborative network even if they are based in areas with poor internet connections.
The software allows staff worldwide to continue working offline when they have no internet access in remote areas, and then transfer data efficiently when they are able to go back online.