Large Banking Client

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Align provided current to recommended future state assessment services for 53,000 sq. ft. of data center floor space.

Align was selected as a partner to complete infrastructure assessments for a large banking client. Following the success of the assessment, Align was subsequently awarded a large-scale data center strategy project, consisting of contract review, data center site selection, and a data center road map for the New Jersey, Texas and Richmond locations. The assessments totaled 53,000 square feet of floor space.

Our Solution

Align’s data center engineers and designers developed a long-term plan for moving from current to recommended future state. To accomplish this, Align’s advisory group leveraged our experienced team of SMEs, trusted tool sets and methodologies within our Site Selection and Advisory solution. The assessment profiled the current configuration and was used as a basis to compare the current environment with industry trends and best practices. Each assessment was accomplished through detailed data analysis, on-site audits and structured interview schedules with personnel. From these assessments, Align was able to provide recommendations for short and long term improvements. Among the deliverables, Align completed a Current State Portfolio, Network Design, an Applications Criticality Map and Data Center Requirements and Evaluation Criteria Report. The assessment was leveraged as a decision management tool, for capital improvement and overall management of the facility.

The Result

Align’s final deliverable included a full assessment of current state and a detailed options analysis for future state, outlining three options for continued data center operations for the client – continued current state with minimal improvements, full phased retrofit at the existing facility and a relocation to a third party colocation facility. Our analysis also included the level of risk, complexity and cost for each option.