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The Challenge

A migration partner to Sungard, we were approached to provide a fully managed, Data Centre migration solution for their client Herbert Smith, an international legal practice with a 1,300-lawyer network across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

  • Required a fully managed internal migration
  • Migrating a total of 100 rack mounted servers, 50 comms devices and 8 NetApp cabinets
  • 48 hour project window
  • London Internal

The Solution

Planning and Project Management

Our migration methodology is designed to focus on minimising downtime, reducing risk and guaranteeing the efficient delivery of server migration projects. A key element of this process is ensuring that your Project Manager has prepared for the challenges and utilised the available resources in the most effective way. Due to an increase in spatial requirement, Herbert Smith were forced to move internally to a larger area within Sungard’s LTC facility and timescales were tight.

There are several factors that could potentially cause issues in a migration such as this. In this instance, cable management was the largest concern. Cable management is an intricate and time-consuming part of a move and as such, we recommended to carry out a Pre-Cable of the target destination facility ahead of the migration.

The Pre Cable

Pre-Cabling is a key strategy for ensuring that we achieve our goal of minimising downtime on the day of the project. With Sungard, this meant our Engineers were pre-cabling new racks at the new internal location 4 weeks ahead of the migration. As part of this process, we installed the copper and fibre cables in line with a specific set of requirements outlined by our partners.

The Migration

On the day of the project, Technimove engineers arrived onsite 30 minutes prior to the start of the migration to sign in and prepare packaging material.

Once onsite, the devices were handed over to Technimove to systematically Decommission, De-rack and wrap in anti-static bubble wrap for protection, before being placed into purpose built, foam lined, server flight cases.

Once the flight cases were secured, they were wheeled through the facility, directly to the new destination, where the equipment was unpacked and installed in line with the destination rack plans and patching schedules.

Technimove undertook final checks before handing the equipment back over the client for the testing to commence.

The Result

In partnership with Sungard, a combination of Project Management coupled with pre-migration cabling, ensured this project was a complete success on time and  on budget.

As a result, we delivered above and beyond expectations by completing the project an hour ahead of schedule, which gave Herbert Smith more time to adjust to their new environment.

Sungard were extremely impressed with both the pre-migration planning and the smooth execution of the relocation and continue to utilise Technimove as their migration partner.

Banking / Server Migration / Professional Services / Project Management

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