The autonomous nature of country based IT teams and business units had led to a plethora of data centres and infrastructure standards across its European hubs. This had increased the costs of running and supporting the IT infrastructure and had added complications to the planned introduction of Europe wide business initiatives and requisite compliance standards.
Country systems siloed by local language, business practice and diverse standards all needed to be consolidated and migrated to a purpose built facility in the UK. Not uncommonly this all had to be achieved to an aggressive timescale with minimal impact on the daily operations of the business.
A critical factor in successfully migrating data centre workloads between locations is to have a thorough and well documented understanding of the infrastructure and the associated applications and business processes to be migrated.
Xtravirt deployed its proven migration method to capture these key dimensions of the environments. Xtravirt utilised its Passport framework which provides a structred approach to ensure source environments are successfully transitioned to new target environments.
This method includes:
Working closely with the country IT teams a detailed plan plotted the sequencing of country consolidations, staging and migration activities. This identified the ability to parallelise a number of key activities that ensured timescales could be met without increasing the risk of business downtime.
Transition activities including staging, consolidation activities and the migration events were scheduled to minimise business downtime and any potential impact on customer service.