A global technology corporation modernizes their systems by decommissioning and migrating end-of-life platforms.
Our client was in the process of migrating some of their applications, databases, and services from end-of-life storage equipment to new devices to mitigate security vulnerability risks. This project would allow the client to modernize their infrastructure and enhance service offerings to customers. Additionally, extending the life cycle of the current devices through extended warranties would be prohibitively expensive. Since they wanted to reduce support and warranty costs, the client leveraged Apex based on a long working relationship.
Apex deployed a blended team composed of Apex consultants - both onshore and nearshore - specifically for this engagement. The Apex team included Project Managers as well as SQL, Windows, Oracle, and Storage engineers. Key accomplishments included:
Exceeded storage migration targets by more than 300%
- Prepped and replicated applications and databases ahead of the migrations
- Executed migrations based on pre-approved runbooks
- Conducted migration validation and documentation
- Facilitated storage hardware decommissioning with the Operations and Data Center teams
Apex managed the migration and decommissioning of the end-of-life systems and coordinated that with other applicable client teams. Our team used the client’s CMDB, which is utilized by each of the client’s applications, servers, and databases. In addition, Apex partnered with the client’s onsite facilities teams to power down, remove, and return hardware to either vendors or internal client departments, repurposing the old equipment whenever possible.
Apex provided modernized solutions to migrate off end-of-life storage devices. This mitigated security and vulnerability risks tied to end of service life dates. In the process, the team alleviated outdated warranties, achieved software compatibility, and lowered operating costs associated to fixes and repairs. Apex’s team exceeded the targets set by the client, completing 307% of the expected block storage migrations and 330% of the on-file storage migrations in the time allotted; Apex’s team was more than three times as efficient as expected.