Data Center Migration to Azure for a Fortune 500 organization

About the Client

The client is a Fortune 500 asset management organization with more than 6000 employees and managing approximately $213 billion of assets across services. Based out of United States, the client has been serving institutions and individuals for more than 40 years and have the expertise of 250+ professionals. The client and Coforge enjoy a trusted partnership between them as Coforge has the experience of supporting the client’s on premise infrastructure.

Business Challenge

The client was moving out of their location at Windsor, CT and thus wished to reduce risks by having a business continuity solution in place. For the same, they needed to migrate their on-prem computing resources, which included 750+ TB of data, 250+ applications and services present at the location to Microsoft Azure cloud. To add on, validation of migration of 800+ enterprise systems with disaster recovery within a span of 15 months had to be completed.

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Our Solution

Coforge followed a streamlined approach and an inhouse converged cloud adaptation framework for migration. It started with having a clear picture of why the customer wanted to migrate, then after the assessment of the business situation, Coforge started with defining the methods and tools, which were required for migration. Following this, migration started.

Utilizing the same framework, the client was facilitated with an assessment and migration plan. For the same,

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  • Presales activity continued for approximately 3 months where, multiple client workshops were organized to analyze the business case in detail
  • Realization of the gaps and bottlenecks was done using fitness assessments
  • Considerable amount of time was spent to simplify the process by removing the complications
  • Business adaptation framework was the key to the migration process
  • Design workshops were organized to decide on the application, data and infrastructure design
  • Security and regulatory compliances that needed to be adhered were defined
  • Security and regulatory compliances that needed to be adhered were defined
  • The tools and methodology to be used were established
  • Once done with strategizing the process, Iterative methodology (agile) was used to move candidate workloads to Azure
  • Coforge created interdependent application groups and then they were put into sprints based on numerous design principles and application requirements

Coforge made sure that the process is completed to a degree that all in-scope and servers were easily decommissioned with cost efficiency. Leveraging the experience of working with giant clients, proven capabilities and in-depth industry expertise, Coforge successfully completed the migration task within 12 months of starting. The disaster recovery setup was also completed & validated way before the given deadline of 15 months.

The whole project was divided into various phases and the activities that took place in those phases are as follows:

 Figure 2: Phase wise activities for the project

Delivering Value

Because of this migration, the client successfully moved out of their location at Windsor, CT and was able to set up a business continuity solution for smooth functioning. They were able to move the capital expenditure to operational expenditure and created a better cost model. The client had been trying to adopt agile for their organization from past many months and were failing at it. They benefited from Coforge working closely with their organizational process and were able to adopt agile in the same period.

In a recent trend of events, most of the investment firms are keenly interested to have a future backed by cloud and are ready to fuel to their business by embracing the cloud technologies. The firms want to benefit from the features that cloud brings along with it. They aim to be more agile, efficient and scalable to increase their client base, test new strategies and enter newer markets. Along with high availability and lower cost of adoption, Cloud helps in reducing the time to market using DevOps practices, provides a secure medium for transactions, allows complying with host of regional and global regulations. Disaster recovery, data replication, tightly integrated tools come as a part of services offered by various service providers.

The Coforge Advantage

Coforge has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ by analyst firms in cloud migration. We provide a vast range of cloud services for organizations in the BFSI sector. The services range from advisory services and migration to management to transformation and has an experience of working along large clients with industry expertise and proven capabilities.