Case Study

Private Cloud Migration – Tender Advisory Service

Client Details
  • Metropolitan Council
The Challenge(s)
  • Relocation of production server compute and storage relocation to private cloud infrastructure
  • Aging DR infrastructure and corresponding services
  • Obtaining cost effective, reliable, and high-speed connectivity (critical requirement for cloud service)
  • Production server and compute environment reaching end of life
  • Council considering relocating administration (production environment)
The Solution
  • Carry out a baseline health check on the critical systems, infrastructure, and baseline core business applications.
  • Review BCP requirements, backup and DR processes and associated risks
  • Carry out workshop to review design considerations and provide specifications for required equipment (switching, WLAN and firewall); ensure that business continuity requirements are addressed to minimise any disruption to operations.
  • Workshop cloud migration options and viable strategies. Ensure that we had a clear understanding of all workloads and related services.
  • Carry out some general market investigations with some of the key service providers to verify feasibility of deploying the proposed solution.
  • Draft tender requirements include key specifications, desired outcomes, and technical specifications of all components to provide a low-risk migration.
  • Workshop project requirements to finalise the desired outcomes and deliverables to be included in the tender.
  • Go to market and provide technical advisory service to assist with qualifying the tender responses and answer any questions from the panel.
What did we learn?
  • Take the time to go over the requirements multiple times and drafting detailed design documentation prior to deployment will ensure a smooth transition and minimise the time to troubleshoot any post installation issues.
  • Providing a clear set of as-built documentation during the training and hand-over phase helps get the clients IT Team up to speed quickly.