With digital transformation, companies continuously modernize their IT, innovate, and rapidly shift to cloud based models. Many Atos clients are interested in a cloud environment to reduce their operational costs, create a higher availability platform with an uptime guarantee of 99.999%, improve their security, and centralize their IT management.
However, providing reliable migration services to these clients was challenging without a unifying migration solution like PlateSpin Migration Factory. Many platforms, including cloud platforms, come with native migration tools, but these tools lack the scalability and manageability of a true enterprise-grade migration solution. Having to use multiple tools for different migration types increased costs in terms of training and the potential for human error. Furthermore, platform tools often lack advanced features for keeping downtime to a minimum and allowing necessary test cycles before cutting servers over to the cloud.
To migrate the datacenter workloads to the cloud, Atos has chosen PlateSpin from Micro Focus. Stephan Riebroek, TTS Migration Factory Manager for Atos, comments on this decision: “We wanted a flexible solution that has earned our trust in large-scale projects before. At Atos, we don’t just support cloud migrations, we also help our clients migrate between physical datacenters or from a cloud environment back to an on-premise environment. We found PlateSpin Migration Factory works well in all these scenarios and we knew we could count on it to minimize downtime while dealing with many different bandwidths and a large variety of server workloads.”
Atos is in a great position to compare PlateSpin with other solutions in the market place and Riebroek illustrates why they like it: “We feel PlateSpin has a maturity not many other solutions have right now. This is demonstrated by the fact that our manual effort, both before and after a workload migration, is virtually eliminated if we deploy PlateSpin. In fact, I estimate that we complete workload migrations 50 percent faster if we leverage PlateSpin. The technical teams behind PlateSpin are very knowledgeable and provide great support whenever we need it.”
The Atos team takes advantage of key PlateSpin features to minimize the impact on business users and migrate server workloads as transparently as possible. The intelligent PlateSpin migration preparation means that when the actual migration happens, the team can be fully confident of a good outcome, as PlateSpin has checked all the target servers and will have warned the team of any issues that might negatively affect migration, such as missing drivers. The ability to create comprehensive test environments is another failsafe method to ensure a successful workload migration.
PlateSpin Migration Factory offers other capabilities really appreciated by Riebroek: “We have the ability to schedule a full server workload for automated migration in off-peak hours. We do all the preparation work during office hours, and leave PlateSpin to execute the migration when it will least affect users. We don’t need to be there either; a full report tells us exactly what happened when we return. The PlateSpin dashboard enables us to keep the overview of many sub-projects as part of a major project. We can make it really granular, with different views for different job functions within the project group, and a high level overview for management to gain a real-time at-a-glance project overview.”