How did one of the largest core engineering service providers ensure data centre consolidation and better IT security?

An account of how bespoke solutions revamped project implementation perspective for the business.

The client is a product engineering company in aero engines, aerospace & defence, hi-tech and industrial, medical devices, oil and gas, power, and transportation verticals with operations spread across 73 locations in 15 countries.

What were the business challenges incurred by the business?

  • Multiple data centres scattered all over India catering to multiple customers required physical consolidation.
  • IT infrastructure needed to be refreshed.
  • Obsolete IT security solutions required solution integration and OEM coordination.
  • Project governance and communication was required.

The Skillmine Solution

  • Gaps in technology implementation were reviewed as per compliance and quality requirements.
  • Created a new and modern architecture and design for the new data centers.
  • Built specific bespoke solutions for network voice and IT security.
  • Owned the ODC movement.
  • Consolidated all the data centres physically in Bangalore while keeping them virtually separated and segregated through security layers.
  • Testing, decommissioning, service consolidation, network cabling and organizing project governance and communication was undertaken.

What were the benefits delivered to the business?

  • A robust architecture and design forum which reused certain solutions from pre-existing data centres, while removing the obsolete solutions.
  • New technologies like bus bars and cold aisle were used to create physical boundaries in the data centres, to meet the regulatory and compliance requirements of various customers.
  • Separate cages within the data centres to meet compliance requirements.
  • Project implementation made easy by breaking it into small phases.
  • Phase wise migration of logical groups of smaller data centres from their existing locations to their new locations.
  • Proper back-up of data before the lift and shift to ensure zero loss of data in case of equipment damage.
  • Logical mapping of network ports and IP addresses.

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