Limited bandwidth and unreliable connections made planning a migration to Hyper-V challenging.
Using PlateSpin Migrate from Micro Focus, the company migrated workloads from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V in automated, low-risk migrations that minimized downtime and cost. To move larger workloads across unreliable and low-bandwidth networks, the company used the staged migration capability of PlateSpin Migrate.
With a manufacturing and design presence in multiple countries across three continents, this automotive company supplies leading vehicle manufacturers with a wide variety of components. Following a number of corporate acquisitions, the company had become reliant on multiple data centers to support critical applications for different parts of the business. Aiming to reduce costs and centralize its IT expertise, the company decided on a policy of consolidation to shared regional data centers.
In its global IT infrastructure, the company had a mixture of physical and virtual servers, the latter based on VMware. For technical and financial reasons, the company wanted to centralize everything to virtual Windows servers on Microsoft Hyper-V.
With limited bandwidth available on its WAN and unreliable connections in some geographies, performing exclusively WAN-based migrations would have been time-consuming and required extensive production downtime.
Equally, the company could not afford long periods of downtime, so a “lift-and-shift” migration of the physical hardware was also not an option.