Physical to Virtual Cloud Migration Case Study

Migrating from time-intensive, physical servers to a managed and virtualised private cloud. This project transformed our client's infrastructure and how their IT teams operate.


The client

In 2016, Cloudhelix worked with a world leader in retail screen promotions and TV home shopping. When moving offices across London, the client-side team were tasked with uprooting over 100 physical servers hosting a range of business-critical applications.

The brief

Over the years, the organisation’s infrastructure had sprawled as changing IT Directors imparted different approaches. Alongside the office move, it was time for the maintenance and management of technology to be brought under control, freeing up the organisation’s tech team to deliver more business impact than their existing provision allowed.

Private cloud

The solution

After assessing a variety of approaches, Cloudhelix suggested–and successfully implemented–an Office 365 migration and a move to virtualised, private cloud infrastructure. The private cloud platform utilises storage IO acceleration, fusion IO and high performance 10g fabric, giving the client the confidence that any application would run on the environment, regardless of its demand for input/output per second (IOPS).

The delivery

Not only did this assist in bringing the organisation's technology under control but it also removed the issue of maintaining email software and backups across the business.

The biggest challenge of the project came in the form of a fixed deadline for the office relocation. While working closely with various stakeholders to capture, assess and deliver requirements, our team planned and tested the migration to ensure it went off without a hitch alongside the wider relocation.

Beyond migration, all of the physical hardware has been decommissioned, reclaiming valuable office space. The ongoing cloud management meant that business processes could be streamlined, freeing up IT teams to support the trajectory of the business. Not only has this transformed the perception of IT within the business by making them increasingly valuable, the IT function today assists the rest of company in a workshop environment to inform stakeholders while planning new and innovative applications.