Multinational Conglomerate

Issue

An IaaS cloud provider was challenged by a division of one of the largest multinational conglomerates to migrate their test and production servers from their current datacenter to their IaaS platform.

Business goals

The aim of the project was to lower the total cost of ownership for the client’s infrastructure, benefit from increased agility in the cloud, and realize performance and service level benefits for critical applications.

Infrastructure migrated

  • Operating systems
  • WS2003 R2, WS2008 R2, WS2012 R2, RHEL 5.x, RHEL 6.x and OEL 5.x
  • SAP Applications
  • SAP HANA
  • Oracle Database
  • Oracle ASM
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Challenge

The first challenge was to perform a discovery and understand the application dependencies then be able to move 90 workloads within a 6 week period.   After configuring the Console, discovering the source environment, understanding the dependencies the team went to work and moved the first migration waves with ease.

With those successful migrations completed the customer presented them with a bigger challenge, to move their production systems without taking the production environment offline for any extended period.

Multiple challenges would be presented:

  • Migrating production servers without affecting performance
  • No extended downtime during the migration
  • Moving large amounts of data over the wire

Solution

Migration projects are typically delivered utilizing a highly manual process, and minimal automation, increasing the risk of errors and lengthy engagements.  ATADATA simplifies migrations through automation and orchestration, target environments are auto-provisioned, data transfer is direct from source to target and business disruption minimized.

With the proprietary transfer engine utilized in ATAmotion, ATADATA achieved an average speed of 16.23MB/s during transfers. Below is a sample of the data sizes and migration times (start to finish) from the project:

 

 

ATAmotion drastically reduces the manual effort required for migration utilizing its agentless automation technology. Regardless of platform mix – physical, virtual or cloud - it automates the simultaneous transfer of hundreds of live enterprise workloads entirely online and without any size limitations.

The agentless solution is managed through a web-based portal either on-premises behind the firewall, or via SaaS, and is accessed through a simple, intuitive GUI.  Direct integration with hypervisors and clouds enables auto provisioning of greenfield or brownfield environments, and the multi-threaded transfer engine delivers efficient and secure replication direct from source to target.

  • Single console to manage discovery and migration of Windows and Linux workloads
  • No software pre-requisites or reboots eliminates business disruption
  • Integration enables auto provisioning and reduces manual effort
  • Direct data transfer increases efficiency and improves security

Result

ATADATA’s agentless and lightweight architecture allows for rapid, effective, and secure solution delivery. Detailed ATAvision reporting enabled fact-driven migration wave planning and with a data-informed migration plan in place, the team was able to execute migrations with ATAmotion ahead of schedule.  Migrations were 100% successful, there was no unscheduled downtime, or business disruption, across very complex multi-tiered critical business applications.  The security, compliance, performance, efficiency and consumption-based billing for complex production applications has enabled them to enhance IT operations, reduce risk and offload IT management, thereby redirecting IT resources to focus on other strategic projects and business process improvements.