Client Case Study: Virtualization and Data Center Consolidation from the Cloud

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The Client: Credit risk is managed by their core businesses, avoid fraud, target advertising supplies and maximizes decision-making. They help people to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft. They are currently listed on the London Stock Exchange and also are a part of the colocation hosting examples. Their total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2016, was US$4.6 billion.

Through the years, acquisitions by our customer’s e-mail advertising division resulted in an IT infrastructure which consisted of 9 distinct data center colocation centers (some with numerous cages and shared closets ) and 3 big office locations (one on the east coast, one in the Midwest and one on the west shore ). Their products stayed in their silos, as the acquisitions were integrated into the company. This resulted in team members holding info about their merchandise, but the overall image of the IT infrastructure. The company estimated that the environment contained about 650 servers and network devices. The business was planning a significant network redesign and data center consolidation initiative. Just like many major initiatives, additional projects were added to the scope. The projects included a virtualization construct out, a disaster recovery site assembles out, clever hands help in vacation growth, the data centers, and daily network support. The workloads of the resources that are in-house would surpass.

Our Solution

The firm partnered with MDS to direct its Domestic Data Center Consolidation and Virtualization Standardization. Our customer leveraged both MDS Managed Services and Professional Service offerings. Especially Project management Data Center Solutions, and staff augmentation to assist them with their big scale initiatives. MDS, utilizing our Project Management Office, done the following services:

Offered 3 project managers to assist the companies Project Management Office.

Provided certified VMWare virtualization engineers to build out the virtualized environment.

Create Procedures, methodologies, and coverage for Virtual Environment.

Train client in-house staff through knowledge transfer

Managed Services: Data Center Solutions

Conducted a physical stock of every data center and office location. MDS’ teams traveled to each colocation centre and listed server information like Rack U space, Rack U place, name, model number, serial number, power, and community connections. With this advice, the project management team pieced together a detailed stock and and the internal teams met.

Reviewed telephone, colocation, and internet invoices to find out the connectivity and bandwidth between each one of the colocation facilities in addition to the office places.

Performed detailed analysis of the network equipment to come up with an overview of routing and IP Address space.

Provided network engineer consultants to assist the network team.

Smart hands & Remote Hands: complete possession of the colocation facilities to build and consolidate servers. The technicians stack and will execute the stand as well as configure DRAC and the ILO turn the servers over to the company teams to build.

Supply Cloud SME to design, architect, and incorporate network inside the Amazon Cloud

The Results

Upon completion of the physical stock and team meetings, we discovered there were really over 1300 physical devices. Using the advice of the inner team and these findings, we mapped out the infrastructure. Armed with the updated data, we suggested a plan. This comprised simplifying equipment’s consolidation and the system infrastructure.

We closed 1 data centre saving $2,450.00 per month.

Inside one data centre, we merged four shared space closets into present cage saving $26,000.00 a month.

Within another data center, we consolidated four shared space closets into present cage saving $13,000 a month.

We also merged a crate (with an expiring lease) containing 7 cabinets into an existing cage saving $34,000.00 a month.

MDS built a VM farm that enabled for failover into the disaster recovery site and handed it all over to our client.

We helped the customer’s network team with daily moves, adds, and changes.

MDS assisted the community team with SSL certification upgrades, ensuring protected sites failed to perish and new sites were set up in time to get end-user go-live dates.

Our team racked, stacked, configured and flipped over 200 of servers in 3 information centres. This included disaster recovery infrastructure and the holiday growth.