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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