Client: Royal Bank of Canada
Use Case: Data center migration
ReadyWorks was selected to help migrate one of the bank’s largest data centers to three separate facilities including a private cloud, a backup data center, and a co-location facility. RBC used ReadyWorks to automate the entire program and completed the migration on schedule and without any major disruption of services. Following the successful completion of this program, ReadyWorks was utilized to manage the migration of another data center for the bank.
Faced with a looming deadline to vacate its New York data center, the bank wanted a better, automated process to manage the migration. With more than 200 applications, 2500 physical and virtual servers, and 200 databases in a mixed OS environment—Windows, Linux, Solaris, and VMware ESXI—and 87 percent of its hardware reaching end of life (EOL), the bank needed an accurate, real-time, comprehensive view of its environment including servers, storage, applications, workloads and users. They needed a way to visualize all the interdependencies between these to determine what should be moved, what should be re-architected, and what should be retired.
The bank went through an extensive evaluation process including review of an installed system they hoped would be able to handle the migration. Once they realized the current system was insufficient to meet their requirements, they decided to replace it with ReadyWorks.
ReadyWorks was selected based on its automation capabilities including data discovery and analysis, dependency mapping, dynamic wave planning, workflow automation, scheduling, runbook generation, and reporting.
ReadyWorks reduced the program timeline by 30%, ensuring the data center migration was completed ahead of schedule. By leveraging the platform’s ability to ingest and aggregate information from existing systems and spreadsheets, the bank was able to develop an accurate inventory of assets and applications and rationalize the applications to reduce redundancies and costs.
The platform saved the team valuable time and energy by automating the entire program. ReadyWorks made it easy for them to: