Server and SAN Migration and Implementation

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The IT infrastructure of our clients: 

Our clients typically migrate to SAN from systems that provide less utility. For example, our client needed an upgrade from a file-level NAS system. The client used local file sharing and the NAS provided access to users in different departments of the business, such as finance, HR, marketing, etc. As their operations grew larger, the IT department realized the need for a higher end storage system like a block-level SAN server.

The SAN server would provide them various practical benefits and enhanced utility. The SAN would provide benefits such as better reliability, availability, support, features, and speed. To be more specific, the SAN server will provide better redundancy. SAN would allow them to have a cluster of VMware servers. This means they would be up and running in minutes, or not in no time at all, in case one of their VMware server malfunctions. Moreover, the equipment a SAN server uses are enterprise grade and therefore have a much lower failure rate and give much greater speeds. 

Migration to SAN: 

A successful SAN migration needs many things. Our highly skilled team of professionals have experience in devising strategies, in-depth planning, preparations and accurate execution. Our first criteria is splitting the migration process into two steps, preparation and execution. The preparation stage consists of evaluating what level of migration is required, followed by devising a strategy, and doing performance testing. Once finishing up with that, we estimate the time frame required for migration and implementation.  

The migration itself could take weeks or months depending on the scale of business and migration. There might be a lot of work required for fabric migration, moving the servers, and deciding what time will be most suitable, so as to minimize or prevent any downtime for the business. The migration will also vary depending on whether youre physically migrating to another place, or revamping your present storage solutions in the same space.  

Finally, in migration, we face numerous changes and unknown situations even after extension pre-planning. This could be changes in client decisions, or problems with deadlines. To prevent this and enable smooth migration, we have effectively applied change control in our execution. Change control allows us to carefully evaluate and be in continuous communication with the clients so the migration process is done timely, preventing wasted time and cost. 

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Benefits of the migration: 

The list of benefits that SAN servers provide is extensive. SAN servers allow multiple servers to access the same storage systems. With increased speed and higher availability that SAN provides, clients can save time and costs that add up over time to give them considerable benefits. 

More importantly, the focus on redundancy allows clients to save the data’s integrity and not have to deal with any downtime, in case one of the server crashes or there is a malfunction, as the data can then be accessed from backup drives. 

Conclusion: 

Our client, an industry leader in plastic manufacturing have extensive operations with call centers and over 100 employees. Their network, servers, and storage solution were a bottleneck that were slowing down the operations. Our experts evaluated their needs and suggested them complete migration to a SAN server solution, which would solve the aforementioned issues. Our Server and SAN migration and implementation cost $25,000 to our client but resulted in an ROI of $145,000 by exponentially enhancing the business operations, improving performance, increasing productivity by allowing for faster response times and most importantly, providing more reliability and no down time. 

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