When asked to perform a 2,500 server migration from a legacy IT environment to a hyper-convergence environment on behalf of a telecommunications client, HCL knew it needed an automated solution to achieve the minimum amount of business disruption.
One of HCL’s customers, an integrated communications solutions provider of data, ebusiness and voice services to business and households in Canada, needed to ensure its infrastructure could support the aggressive company growth predicted for the next five years. After consulting with HCL, the customer decided to move their physical legacy infrastructure to a hyper-convergence environment, to achieve cost savings, and increased flexibility. The hyper-convergence model is software-centric and tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources.
HCL needed to perform the migration project with as little business disruption as possible, as explained by Polu Srinivas, Transition and Transformation Director at HCL: “We wanted an ‘anywhere to anywhere’ migration solution, so that we could support the move to a virtual environment, but also include some physical server targets. We needed to migrate 2,500 servers, across a variety of operating systems and multiple, application-specific, SQL database versions, supporting Cognos, Citrix, and Oracle-based applications. The requirement was an automated solution to help us achieve full results within a timeframe of seven months, as set by the customer, with a minimum of business disruption.”