Future State Flexibility a Priority

In today's business environment, data center flexibility is key

Future State Flexibility a Priority hero Image

“We needed data center options that would allow us the flexibility to expand or contract based upon usage and cloud adoption.”                                     
                                                                                                                             – CIO, Health Services Firm

The Challenge

This Health Services firm operated two company-owned data centers – a primary site in Connecticut, and secondary one in Georgia. They made a strategic business decision to exit the secondary site for a QTS colocation data center in Ashburn, VA. Based on favorable lease terms, the consolidation & migration needed to be completed in a very aggressive four-month window. Our client estimated that 1,000 devices would be impacted which supported mainly development/test, Performance Volume Stress (PVS), disaster recovery, email services, and some production data and applications. After performing an inventory in the Georgia facility, we found 3,571 physical devices would need to be migrated.

Our Solution

Align successfully migrated 3,571 devices from Georgia to Ashburn within the compressed timeline of June – August. In order to achieve this goal, the following were accomplished:

  • Worked closely with the client to develop Future State plan.
  • Developed a Current State to Future State transition plan that included
    • Compute UCS and HPE detangling plan
    • Storage upgrade/refresh plan
    • Network migration plan
    • Data Center Build
  • Developed an 11-week migration plan
    • All devices assigned to bundles
    • All bundles scheduled on nine specific waves
    • Managed and documented detailed migration tasks using a T-8 runbook
  • Executed and implemented migration plan
    • Wave Lead managed Command Center for each migration wave.
    • Disconnect Lead managed disconnect team in Georgia for each migration wave.
    • Reconnect Lead managed reconnect team in Ashburn for each migration wave.

The Results

$9M Savings Over 5 Years
3,571 Devices Migrated
40% Reduction in Data Center Footprint
  • Strategic enablement for higher consumption of cloud services in alignment with IT goals
  • Ability to consume a broader set of services beyond just co-lo/hosting activities
  • Potential for additional operational savings through reduced rent, utility and specific local tax abatement incentives on infrastructure purchases


“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.

Take The Pre-Assessment Schedule Appointment