Case Study

Cloud Migration Strategy

Client Details
  • Metropolitan Council
The Challenge(s)
  • Cloud migration pressure from management; move to a SaaS or IaaS platform
  • Outdated datacentre servers and storage platform which are starting to fail and cause performance issues
  • Maintaining and upgrading current local datacentre is very costly
  • Business Continuity risk in having both production and DR datacentres within close proximity
The Solution
  • Carry out a baseline health check on the critical systems, infrastructure, and baseline core business applications.
  • Review BCP requirements and risks
  • Review council business plan and strategy for the future – Digital Transformation
  • Workshop viable cloud migration options and approaches; ensure that business continuity requirements are addressed to minimise any disruption to operations.
  • Discuss requirements with cloud providers and more importantly ensure that the required communication services (WAN links and Internet) are available.
  • Draft Cloud Migration Strategy and present to stakeholders along with the associated risks.
  • Obtain some budgetary pricing to implement the proposed strategy.
  • Draft tender requirements include key specifications, desired outcomes and technical specifications of all components to provide a low-risk migration to the cloud.
What did we learn?
  • Baselining the environment and current performance of key business systems is crucial to ensure that any proposed cloud services can be properly measured to ensure the desired outcomes are met.
  • The strategy must be simplified to a very high level to ensure that all stakeholders can gain a clear understanding on the critical components and associated risks.