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Datacentre consolidation and migration to Microsoft Azure for a regulatory authority in UK

About the Client

The client is the UK’s communications regulator and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries of the United Kingdom. It regulates the TV, radio and video on demand sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.

The client has wide-ranging powers across the television, radio, telecoms and postal sectors. It has a statutory duty to represent the interests of citizens and consumers by promoting competition and protecting the public from harmful or offensive material.

Business Challenge

The client’s operations deal with requirements demanding greater compute capacity. In order to cover the aspects of high-availability and disaster-recovery, it spread its 300+ servers across multiple locations. Most of them were running legacy hardware. As an extension of ICT Team, we managed these sites over the years and had identified places to improve service quality while minimizing physical on-premise datacentre footprint

Our Solution

Coforge followed a streamlined approach and an inhouse converged cloud adaptation framework for datacentre management and migration. The proposed solution was to consolidate datacentres in one location, while moving possible data to one virtual datacentre on Azure Cloud. This arrangement enabled efficient datacentre management while keeping the cloud initiative in check.

Utilizing the same framework, the client’s ICT team analysed the scenario and prepared an assessment and migration plan:

Initial study was done for Application/Database and plan was prepared to move every server running Windows & Linux workloads to Azure Simultaneously plans were prepared for datacentre consolidation MS-SQL Database footprint were scattered across server locations and same were migrated to Azure

Coforge made sure that the process is completed to a degree that all in-scope and servers were easily decommissioned with cost efficiency. Leveraging the experience of working with giant clients, proven capabilities and in-depth industry expertise, Coforge team successfully completed the migration task within 12 months.

The whole project was divided into various phases and the activities that took place in those phases are as follows:

Delivering Value

As a result of this migration, the client was able to consolidate its datacentres in one location i.e. HattonCross site. With Datacentre consolidation, the service delivery is been managed very efficiently in a way that monthly P1, P2 occurrences drastically reduced right after the implementation and at project completion these numbers reduced to half of its initial value. In addition to this the turn-around time for such issues also reduced significantly

In a recent trend of events, most of the investment firms are keenly interested to have a future backed by cloud and are ready to fuel to their business by embracing the cloud technologies. The firms want to benefit from the features that cloud brings along with it. They aim to be more agile, efficient and scalable to increase their client base, test new strategies and enter newer markets. Along with high availability and lower cost of adoption, Cloud helps in reducing the time to market using DevOps practices, provides a secure medium for transactions, allows complying with host of regional and global regulations. Disaster recovery, data replication, tightly integrated tools come as a part of services offered by various service providers.

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