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“With a renewed shareholder commitment focused on reducing operational expenses across all business units, this world class analysis has turned into consolidation strategies with powerful cost saving outcomes"                                                                                    – CIO, Global Fin Tech Organization

The Challenge

An international provider of financial services technology announced a global savings initiative spanning all business units and cost centers including technology. The client currently has over 200 owned, leased and colocation facilities around the globe. They also recently completed a strategic acquisition of a global leader in payment processing.  Based on the amount of sites, it was immediately apparent that cost savings through consolidation could be achieved. Therefore, they leveraged Align’s experience in the data center marketplace to analyze their current portfolio to develop a strategy for consolidation predicated on reducing operational run rate while optimizing delivery.

Our Solution

Align collaborated directly with the C-suite and senior management to develop facility hosting policies and metrics to be used as the foundation of analyzing and classifying any site with IT infrastructure – from an enterprise data center to an office closet.  The analysis required working directly with facility operations, assessing the age and redundancy of the MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) infrastructure. It also required collaboration with the business entities to understand the applications and functionality of the IT infrastructure in each site.  Services included:

  • Hosting policy and classification development
  • Global savings strategy analysis
  • Technology inventories and audits
  • Critical infrastructure reviews
  • DC and site consolidations
  • DC and site closures (Decommission)

The Results

$5M Saved in Year 1
$50M Projected Save over 10 Years
25% Reduction in Data Center Footprint

The program has and still requires an agile approach to planning and executing data center consolidations.  The initial focus was on the US.  As we continue to support the facility consolidations (through migration activities) in the US we continue to support our client with the analysis of the international sites – in preparation for more consolidation and cost savings!


“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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