A leading utility company based in the Midlands with 400 staff members employed across central and southern England, partnered with ANS to facilitate a Cloud First strategy. The successful deployment of that strategy included the planned migration of over 30 applications across a server estate comprised of 120 virtual servers to Microsoft Azure therefore SSP needed to select a trusted partner with a proven track record of performing large scale migrations with minimal disruption.
After the completion of ANS bespoke Cloud Readiness Assessment, ANS experts built an Azure landing zone based on the ANS CloudStart methodology (an approach fully aligned with the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework) designed to host the workloads which included a Microsoft best practice Hub and Spoke architecture within UK South and UK West regions in order to comply with geo-diversity best practice. The Application Migration required the re-hosting of multiple virtual servers including Windows 2012 & 2016 and Windows servers running Microsoft SQL Server databases. This deployment employing the standard ANS migration process; utilising Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to provide minimal customer impact.
With the infrastructure now running in Azure, SSP is looking to innovate by utilising cloud-native PaaS services such as Azure SQL Database to reduce their TCO whilst providing a more scalable and robust platform. They are also now assessing the remainder of their infrastructure using the newly released Azure Migrate to migrate further virtual server workloads where possible.