PlateSpin® Migration Factory delivers for HCL America

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Blog post by Alain Salesse

Many enterprises are undergoing a digital transformation—driven by the relentless pressure to innovate while keeping IT budgets under control. This means transforming the way they deliver business applications, for example, replacing and redesigning them with software-as-a-service or platform-as-a-service components. However, these complex transformations take time and money to deliver successfully. Often, the priority is to transform with speed because, as Benjamin Franklin famously said, “time is money.” That’s where re-host comes in: relocating entire business applications as-is from one platform to another, such as the cloud or virtual infrastructure. 

In enacting a Data Center (DC) migration, the business has two main requirements for their IT staff: “Don’t break my application” and “Minimize disruption to my users.” Enterprises recognize how difficult it is to deliver on this, so they often outsource the project to an experienced third party. Managed service providers and service integrators must address these concerns across multiple enterprises, each with different infrastructures and transformation strategies. This creates additional challenges in terms of complexity and scalability. 

For example, how do they migrate a wide range of operating systems to a mix of virtual, physical, and cloud platforms, and do so quickly and efficiently, in a way that minimizes downtime and reduces risk to the application? That’s a big ask. Most platform vendors offer a free tool to onboard servers to their environment, but these are typically point solutions with limited capabilities that support only a single platform. Any savings in license fees is quickly eaten up by the investment in learning several new tools, each with different infrastructure and run-book requirements.

So, how can Micro Focus help? IT professionals have long turned to PlateSpin® to perform physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) server migrations in a way that reduces the risk of unexpected problems, as well as minimizing application downtime during the migration. PlateSpin also supports popular cloud platforms including; Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and VMware vCloud Director, enabling enterprises to migrate entire server workloads between physical, virtual, and cloud platforms in any direction—and do so efficiently at scale.But, you don’t have to take just my word for it. Let’s look at a real-world example.

HCL 600x300 Twitter.pngIn order to reduce cost and increase flexibility, a Canadian communications solutions provider wanted to migrate 2,500 servers hosting a range of complex applications to hyper-converged infrastructure. However, they also wanted to complete the job in just seven months! They turned to HCL America, Inc. to deliver the project. HCL assessed several migration solutions before choosing PlateSpin from Micro Focus. Support for a wide variety of platforms and the ability to meet the customer’s challenging timescales were the determining factors.

Using PlateSpin Migration Factory, HCL completed the migration project well ahead of schedule! HCL told Micro Focus, “We finished our migration a month ahead of schedule and within budget. Our customer loved the solution provided by HCL. And the new infrastructure has given them a cost savings of approximately 80 percent in terms of power, space, and hardware. By deploying PlateSpin Migration Factory, we have realized a downtime savings of approximately 60 percent during the migration, and we estimate that an alternative automated migration solution would have cost us 30 percent more.”

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