UK University Migrates to Azure

A prestigious University based in the North-West of England which supports over 13,000 enrolled students were into their sixth year of a Flexpod DC environment; provided and managed by ANS. As the University approached the next cycle of required infrastructure investment, they began exploring viable platform upgrade options , these included Hyperscale Public Cloud, IaaS, SaaS and on-premises hardware refresh.

The University leveraged ANS’ Assessment services and expertise in order to identify the best options available to support their continued growth and success. ANS recommended migrating to the Microsoft Azure IaaS and PaaS; a solution designed to both improve efficiency, increase accessibility whilst upgrading the user-experience for both staff and students. Following this recommendation  ANS were awarded the contract as the sole Hybrid Cloud Managed Service Provider.

The University requirement demanded that the chosen solution also allowed for a reduction in their Data Centre footprint by moving to hybrid Public Cloud, that would provide a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution in the Cloud and allow access to enterprise tooling in order to provide for the optimisation of cloud resources and ensure efficient cost control and oversight.

The University also required a partner to project manage and migrate/transition services to Azure IaaS/PaaS (Infrastructure as a Service/Platform as a Service) from their existing VMware environment, as well as migrating the remaining services to a new on-premise infrastructure. This requirement included the assessment of over one hundred virtual servers (both Linux and Windows operating systems) as well as databases, including Microsoft SQL Server. ANS engaged with the migration following our standard factory migration process. Native Microsoft tooling in the form of Azure Migrate and Azure Site Recovery (ASR) were used in order to provide minimal downtime and end-user impact.

This migration enables the University to meet their key business outcomes underpinned by the latest cloud technologies. This significantly reduces their requirement for the need for on-premise hardware whilst, at the same time, not increasing their existing recurrent cost exposure.


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