Relocate Critical Services from 80 UK & European locations to UK Data Centre

The Challenge

CHALLENGE: Following large investment in Network links between UK & European Sites to it's new UK Data Centre our client engaged us to relocate the hosting of infrastructure and application services from remote sites into the Data Centre.

REMIT: Relocate AD, DNS, WINS, DHCP, File & Print and Application services from in scope sites into the Data Centre. DO so without minimal planned outage and no implanned impact to the business.

Our Solution

Perform Network Impact Analysis.
Understand what services could an dcould not perform satisifctorilay over a Wide Area Network.
Keep our business governance group involved and clear on what was possible, what the risks were of moving certain services and run risk sessions and ensure the client was actively engaged and informed throughout.

AD, DNS, WINS, DHCP service were logically migrated.
Application services virualised where possible (PlateSpin/VMWare)
File Services were consolidated from over 100 multiple file servers to high spec, highly available NetApp NAS storage.

The Result

AD, DSN, WINS, DHCP, File & Print and Application services from over 200 legacy serverswere migrated with no unplanned impact and with the exception of some application client configuration updates all migrated with zero configuration changes required at the client end.
The migration of services in much improved RTO and RPO due to the new highly available, highly resilient, Data Centre hosted services and a significant reduction in legacy infrastructure footprint reducing OPEX and TCO costs.

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