The Who

  • UK-based biscuit manufacturer
  • 5 companies within the company's group
  • Roughly 900 users

The Challenge

  • Number of company acquisitions had resulted in disparate systems across the group
  • Desired consolidation to work under a single platform
  • Considering a moving workloads to Microsoft Azure
  • Required a flexible and scalable solution, should more users need to be supported as a result of further acquisitions

The Solution

  • Servium called upon to evaluate implications of transitioning workloads to Azure or keeping everything on-premises
  • Worked closely with Azure specialists to compile business case for cloud, compared to an on-premises solution
  • Underwent 20-day on-site consultancy to identify existing infrastructure and better understand customer objectives
  • Document compiled to determine best course of action
  • Full Azure transition didn't qualify due to need to support legacy applications - hybrid cloud selected as preferred approach
  • Modern technology deployed including Hyper V server, Veeam backup, and new network fabric introduced on-premises to assist movement and integration with Azure
  • Staged migration to Azure, moving appropriate apps and services over 3-4 years
  • Migration started with disaster recovery solution

The Benefits

  • Can now confidently grow future services using the public cloud
  • Confidence moving future services to Azure
  • Significant cost savings versus expensive all-in-one move to Azure
  • Virtualisation of on-premises infrastructure resulted in large consolidation of servers and reduction in power consumption

Why Servium?

  • Challenged customer's intentions for a more valuable outcome
  • Report produced demonstrated great understanding of their business and requirements
  • Provided access to key Azure expertise
  • Acted as extension to IT team
  • Now go-to partner for future projects