A global auction house experienced an outage that took down most of their corporate systems for two days. In the scramble to get up and running, they discovered out-of-support equipment throughout their environment – a major risk to the global growth they were forecasting. Adding to the fact that their data center was located inside of a converted industrial warehouse, with limited redundancy for power, WAN connectivity & cooling, they turned to Align to help lead a mitigation & migration program into a purpose-built facility. Finally, the migration activities had to occur the week between Christmas and New Year’s when the offices were closed globally.
Align began the program by speaking with various stakeholders in order to assess the “current state” of the environment. This was a foundation for quantifying and assessing business risk. Areas we focused on included what were the physical devices in the existing data center? What were the applications and the infrastructure dependencies? This allowed us to provide a risk profile and model various “future-state” designs to help determine the capacities of their new data center and initiate conversations with various colocation providers.
Align’s current state to future state modeling included:
The Align team spent four months managing the various work-streams, and successfully consolidated and migrated the client’s infrastructure on-time and on-budget.
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