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Transitioning From On-Premise Data Centre Infrastructure To Cloud

NHP transitions their on-premise data centre infrastructure to Logicalis Cloud

NHP transitioned their entire on-premise data centre infrastructure into Logicalis’ Virtual Private Data Centre. NHP can manage their virtual private data centre using the nVisage Cloud Platform, which also provides visibility of their on-premise network managed by Logicalis. The Logicalis 24x7 Service Desk provides a central point of contact and accountability for their entire infrastructure.

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Challenge
NHP had an aging data centre which represented a business risk, prompting a review of the data centre strategy. “It was getting to the point where we felt we had to move our equipment elsewhere. We simultaneously had just completed a process of standardising our IT infrastructure and making sure the software was integrated and virtualised,” Vic Wotherspoon, General Manager, Information Technology at NHP said. “Having that integration done first before moving all of NHP’s production systems to a Logicalis Cloud under a three-year contract was crucial,” he said.

Solution
The move enabled NHP to reduce costs by moving from a Capex to an Opex model, and deploying disaster recovery as a service to reduce risk. Wotherspoon said that NHP has a checklist for all contractual issues with IT suppliers, but making sure terms and conditions in cloud contracts are met comes back to relationships.

“Because of the long-term relationship with Logicalis, it was a bit more straightforward. We already had NDAs in place and a number of successful projects that we had completed with Logicalis. So for us it came down to what the individual deliverables were for the contract and the financial aspects of the payment points throughout.”

Benefit
NHP will realise over $250,000 in annualised savings based on the previous leasing costs of their data centre infrastructure, with an expected reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of 30-35% over a 3-year period.

The Logicalis solution significantly mitigated risk:

  • Existing data centre seen as a risk, with unreliable power and a single point of network connectivity
  • No effective Disaster Recovery in place (and significant cost to the business as a result of any downtime incurred)
  • Overextended IT team, which was challenged in delivering strategic projects, application development and IT operations