Case Study:

Public University Removes Damaged Data Center from Lesson Plan – Replaces with Cloud-First Curriculum

SHI cloud architects design, implement and migrate workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS

Highlights:

Customer Profile

A public research university located in the state of Kansas, providing higher learning since the late 1800s.

Challenge

The customer needed to migrate its damaged data center to a cost-effective cloud solution.

Solution

ITAM and Licensing
Data Center

SHI architected and implemented VMware Cloud on AWS in a seamless migration.

Benefits/Results

  • Seamless migration with no reason to refactor the majority of their systems
  • Leveraging existing VMware skillset
  • Reduced CAPEX, increased OPEX
  • Retired damaged legacy equipment and shifted to an operational model

Partners

AWS vmware

Challenge:

The university’s data center, which supports 20,000+ students and 4,500+ faculty and staff on a yearly basis, suffered damage from a powerful hailstorm that penetrated the building and destroyed equipment.

As a result, the customer implemented a cloud-first strategy – transforming its environment into a cloud-first university with plans to be fully migrated over a three-year term. The cloud-first strategy involves moving the majority of their workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS, with some allotted for Platform as a Service, as well as a Managed Services provider. Their biggest challenge in this process was maintaining the data center while finding a cost-effective, seamless cloud solutions platform.

Solution:

SHI’s cloud solutions consultants designed, architected and implemented the VMware Cloud on AWS environment, evacuating the damaged data center to this solution. SHI’s certified experts implemented a five-host Software-defined data center, connecting to on-premises via AWS Direct Connect, and used VMware HCX to move live and cold migrate workloads to VMC on AWS. SHI also implemented a VPN tunnel to a transit gateway, so VMware Cloud could communicate with other AWS services running at additional Virtual Private Cloud attachments.

Benefits:

The customer retired its data center, reducing CAPEX, and migrated to VMware Cloud on AWS while leveraging existing VMware skillset.