Your IT function needs a refresh? Make sure your on premise infrastructure is Cloud ready.

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As an IT manager, you would know that most IT functions work on a cycle of renewing infrastructure and services every few years. Whether it happens every three, four or five years this opportunity to refresh your environment can be nerve wracking, but it is also an ideal time to architect your IT infrastructure, so it is cloud ready. This means you can be prepared for a migration to cloud services in the following 3-5 year cycle.

I have been recently working with one of Australia’s largest companies within the building industry and they were facing some of the common problems you might be experiencing when your IT environment is nearing the end of its refresh cycle:

*       Ageing infrastructure was no longer able to meet the performance needs of the business
*      Explosive data growth meant they were unable to back up their data within acceptable time frames
*      Running out of storage space
*      Had limited Disaster Recovery and no site based Disaster Recovery capabilities

By consulting with the client we were able to decide that, at this time, moving some services to the Cloud was not an option.

We’ve found, trying to remediate an environment while migrating to the cloud is not advisable. It is critical to get your “back yard” in order before considering cloud services. Problems on premise will only be magnified in the cloud.

What was needed was a new approach; one which considered the flexibility to include Cloud based services in future, once the refresh was complete.

We set about immediately planning and delivering the seamless roll out of the new platforms to all of the client’s sites around Australia. We boosted storage online and included a more responsive Disaster Recovery Capability.

The Cloud Solutions Group approach included:

* A new a VMware upgrade, using V-sphere 5.0

* A centralised highly available Exchange 2010 solution

* Utilisation of EMC VNX5300 SAN hardware.

* An upgraded Commvault backup and Archiving solution

* A new Citrix environment for remote access and Virtual desktop and application delivery

This upgrade enabled the client to centralise services across five interstate sites. Remote access meant that staff could access data and applications from anywhere and on any device, saving time and enabling them to more closely align with client needs.

The VMware upgrade also meant that applications could be consolidated onto fewer physical servers which meant cost savings through reduced hardware.

Apart from the obvious benefits of the renewal of IT hardware and software services, this forward thinking company is now able to consider the next stage of renewal. They can consider moving to Cloud based services during this coming refresh cycle, not at the end in two, three or four years.

If your IT offerings are nearing the end of their normal life cycle, we are ready to help you. Cloud Solutions Group is ideally placed to offer you advice on what approach is right for you. It could be an upgrade, a move to Cloud services or a combination of both. We have the knowledge and resources to renew your IT function, based on your needs, to drive your business forward.