Complex migrations. Minimal business disruption.

How a global information services firm seamlessly migrated with no downtime

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"The migration into 2 data centers allowed our firm to cut the server headcount by more than half – all with no downtime or business impact.”     
-CIO, Global Information Services Firm

The Challenge

Our client faced the challenge of migrating more than 400 applications and 1400 devices from 8 separate locations into their new facilities in the Southeast US. This would require all move planning and coordination in this time-sensitive endeavor, with a business mandate to keep business disruption at an absolute minimum.

Our Solution

Align took our phased approach, starting with Migration Design & Planning. We commenced an initial physical inventory of the devices scheduled to move and worked closely with the various stakeholders whose technology was being relocated – which included Network, Security, Client/Server, Storage, Midrange Database and Mainframe disciplines.

The second phase was the actual migration utilizing a Test Landing Zone strategy to minimize business risk. Align provided a single point of contact for all technical disciplines and application owners for the duration of the moves. Our migration efforts included:

  • Web-based dashboard reports on the sign-off rate for each server and its hosted applications
  • Physically removed all servers from the racks
  • Supervised the packing and transportation to the new location
  • At the new facility servers were unpacked racked, patched and network connectivity verified

The Results

$700K Annual Renewal Savings
75% Reduction in data center space
100% Completion with no downtime

  • 100% uptime with zero impact to the business
  • Complete documentation package and project knowledge-transfer
  • Trained client professionals managing IT at the new location
  • Leaner operations and a stronger focus on core business


“A well-planned Data Center Consolidation is one of the best ways to demonstrate IT’s positive impact on your company’s bottom line.” 
Speak with a Migrations Program Manager at Align, for a clear, no-nonsense review of the steps you’ll need to take for a successful Data Center Consolidation.
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