As part of a major restructuring, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (LBHI) required a new, flexible and cost-effective global network infrastructure to support their changing technology needs. LBHI sought a technology outsourcing partner to:
Align came up with a unique and flexible solution that enabled LBHI to “rent” their technology infrastructure on a monthly basis, bypassing the need for up-front capital. Within six months, the project was completed. Data centers, server farms for storage, networks and voice systems were in place and ready to support a complete user, data and application migration.
Once the infrastructure was in place, Align migrated nearly 1,000 users across 12 international locations to the new environment. An on-site, private cloud platform was installed, delivering speed and flexibility for time-sensitive applications and data. Additionally, to ensure business continuity and resiliency, all locations were replicated to a disaster recovery site.
Working with key LBHI stakeholders, Align delivered an independent IT infrastructure and operational system that was secure, fully accessible and scalable. Combined with a per-user support fee structure, LBHI could now leverage its cash flow more effectively while scaling its technology needs up or down as business requirements changed. The outsource model delivered 60 percent savings—$36 million—in OPEX annually and eliminated the need to purchase equipment.