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June 24

Azure Data Center Migration Case Study

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Executive Summary

Company: Reynolds Logistics Ltd.
Industry: Transportation & Logistics
Employees: 500
Overview: Reynolds Logistics’ Data Centres were migrated to Microsoft Azure Cloud through Communication Square’s Data centre Migration Solution.
Solution: Azure VMs.


Opportunity

Reynolds Logistics Ltd. was named European Transport Company of the Year in 2012. It was the leading bulk logistics company in the transport of fuels, lubricants, bitumen, specialist liquids and hazardous goods throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe.

The amount of logistical documentation required to run such large operations was staggering. This lead to the storage of increasingly large amounts of data in their on-premises data centres in Ireland.

When management decided to split the operations into two divisions—Reynolds Logistics, UK and Reynolds Logistics, Ireland—there arose the need to sort through all the data, applications and services. In addition to the substantial amount of data that had to be processed, they had to ensure that the correct data was sent to the correct division. Additionally, an entire new data centres had to be built for setting up the applications, services and associated data for the new subsidiary.

It was at this point that they consulted Communication Square. There had to be a way to execute a smooth data centre migration with minimal to ZERO downtime. That’s when the decision was made to utilize Azure’s IAAS (Infrastructure as a Service Platform) for their new data centre setup.

Communication Square

Once organizations decide that it’s time to leave behind on-premises servers and data centers, the cloud offers numerous options that cater to the unique needs of every client. All that’s required is a helping hand that can make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Favad Qaisar
CEO

The Solution


MICROSOFT HAS THE BEST SOLUTION!

The idea of Cloud Solutions for data center migration was pitched to Reynolds Logistics higher management. It was met with great interest, but with so many different Cloud vendors out there, it was difficult to decide who they should go with. Not only did they want a trusted vendor, but a complete training program that supported the entire transition. It soon came to light how well Microsoft was doing in this area, along with the excellent services provided by its Gold Partners. This lead management to reach out to the consultants at Communication Square.

They decided to move about twelve servers to Microsoft Azure, including domain controllers and Skype for Business servers. This decision was based on the fact that Azure is the perfect platform to ensure the continuity of business operations during data center migration. For Reynolds Logistics, UK’s migration to the Azure Cloud Data Center, Communication Square was able to give complete control of resources to the customer. Infrastructure could be added, modified or removed whenever needed, without any space, memory or processing limitations on the hardware nodes. Additionally, the entire process was much faster than having to update on-premises servers, with great flexibility in place for upgrades to elements like storage capacity and bandwidth.


Benefits

There was no denying the huge cost benefits. The data center migration afforded Reynolds Logistics, UK a huge reduction in the manpower and maintenance costs associated with keeping on-premises servers up and running. And the automated backup options, data recovery services and 99.95% uptake time guaranteed by Microsoft made Azure Data Center the safe, reliable and cost-effective solution.

The benefits of data center migration have become clear to organizations looking for a better way to manage their IT. With Microsoft Azure Cloud and the help of Microsoft Gold Partners like Communication Square and their Datacenter Migration Solution, businesses are learning exactly how secure, dependable and cost-effective their data center migration experience can be.

Reynolds Logistics

I still remember when we were trying to figure out the whole split, and a Communication Square consultant walked up to me and said ‘there is a better way… give us a chance and data management can be so much better,’ and there has been no looking back since.

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Andrew Reynolds
CEO

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