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Data Center Implementation with Accelerated Migration

Dec 2014

Zerto Disaster Recovery Proves Hero in State Bureau’s Accelerated Migration to New Data Center

This California State Bureau moving to a new location and building a new data infrastructure at the same time was faced with a near-crisis time frame for their final cutover. A powerful VMware virtual infrastructure combined with Zerto Disaster Recovery tools and a knowledgeable IT team provided an effective and efficient implementation in record time.

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CUSTOMER PROFILE

This State of California Bureau is headquartered in Sacramento with offices in Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Their data center supports 400 users at all locations, including telecommuters. They also provide services for another agency with 20 users.




Solution Overview

BUSINESS SITUATION: This California State Bureau moving to a new location and building a new data infrastructure at the same time was faced with a near-crisis time frame for their final cutover.
SOLUTION: A powerful VMware virtual infrastructure combined with Zerto Disaster Recovery tools and a knowledgeable IT team provided an effective and efficient implementation in record time.
BENEFITS: The new and upgraded data center provided greater efficiency and accuracy for end users after a smooth migration with no interruption to business.
TOPICS COVERED:
  • Zerto Disaster Recovery with Zerto Virtual Replication
  • Accelerated Migration
  • VMware vSphere® for Virtual Infrastructure
  • Brocade 6730 switches for VMware integration
  • Brocade for Top-of-the-Rack Switches
  • HP 8000 series switches
  • EMC VNX 5300 for powerful SAN


Challenge

"Due to the short time frame for the required implementation, Enterprise Networking Solutions was the only company willing to take on the project."
Bureau's IT Support Manager

The Bureau was relocating headquarters operations from a downtown office to a new Sacramento location. Their existing data center equipment was aging out and due for a refresh. Bottlenecks existed and faster, more accurate data was needed for current and projected business objectives.

The decision was made to assess their existing environment leading to recommendations for and implementation of new equipment. The data center infrastructure to be considered included:

  • EMC Storage Area Network (SAN).
  • VMware vSphere hosts and its VM guests’ VM’s which included AppCenter/Citrix, SharePoint, Active Directory Domain controllers, Microsoft SQL servers and file/printservers, etc.
  • Stand-alone servers IVR, imaging storage/backup, video conferencing servers,px webservers, etc.
  • Network, switches, and firewall.

Once a new data center infrastructure was in place, the data, storages, VMs, and physical servers would all need to be migrated and moved with a single weekend outage window. Multiple circuits, including OTech circuits, had to be dealt with.

Original proposals were requested based on a three-to-six-month time frame with “time of the essence”. Due to the short time frame for the required implementation, Enterprise Networking Solutions (ENS-Inc) was the only company willing to take on the project.

Due to complications involved with the move, the implementation window continued to shrink. Compliance issues arose, Fire Marshall clearance was delayed, and multiple shipments from multiple vendors needed to be orchestrated.

“Timelines kept shifting with increasing amounts of last minute information,” stated the Bureau’s IT Support Supervisor. “Four months became two months. Once all clearances were in place, we were left with only one week to implement the network infrastructure and get switches in place, a few days to get the VMware onto the Dell R720s and the EMC SAN in place. And finally, only a 2-day window to have the servers and infrastructure in place and in use. Our cutover time was from 6 PM on a Friday till the following Monday at 6 AM.”



Process

“They were all technically savvy, easy to work with, and ready to get down and dirty when needed,” said ENS-Inc project leader, Ryan Tcruz.

The Bureau’s IT Support Supervisor said the same for the ENS-Inc team. “We did experience some issues, including an unforeseen DFS glitch, but with the ENS-Inc team knowledge, we were able to resolve and address issues instantly.”

Although there were complications with multiple vendors providing multiple products, the ENS-Inc team, including the sales staff, provided coordination and orchestration to pull it all together on time.

The virtualized environment played a critical role. ENS-Inc assisted with the implementation of a whole new network and virtual infrastructure from the ground up. Brocade Top-of-the-Rack 6730 switches integrated well with VMware. HP 8000 series switches, four for each floor level, required extensive configuration as 800 connections had to be closed involving Power over Ethernet (POE) for VOIP and cam systems.

“Core infrastructure is all 10GB backbone,” states Tcruz, “It will increase performance, improve network utilization, increase scalability, and simplify architecture in a virtualized environment.”

“Using the tools recommended by the group from ENS-Inc, it went exceptionally well. We’ve seen the benefits of how easily Zerto can move data from one location to another. We plan to use Zerto for our Disaster Recovery. We’ve bought more licenses. We know it works.”

 


The time delays were well used. 6TB of data was overwritten and the engineers were able to pre-seed all data onto an external Network Attached Storage (NAS) during the wait time. Zerto’s Disaster Recovery Virtual Replication was used for the migration solution. When the new data center was up and cleared for running, the teams were able to copy the pre-seeded data to a new environment by syncing data, in just a few hours, using only an IPSEC tunnel between the old and new locations.

According to Tcruz, the teams always executed best practices for Brocade, VMware, EMC, and Zerto. “It avoids hiccups and headaches.”

The migration started at 6 PM Friday and was completed by 10 PM the same day. On Saturday the teams were able to verify connectivity and check for errors. End users were moved in and using the equipment on Monday morning!

“Using the tools recommended by the group from ENS-Inc, it went exceptionally well,” stated the IT Support Supervisor. “We’ve seen the benefits of how easily Zerto can move data from one location to another. We plan to use Zerto for our Disaster Recovery. We’ve bought more licenses. We know it works.”



Benefits

In spite of multiple delays, the project was completed on schedule. Bureau end users were able to start up the following Monday, logon, and access data. It was a speedy, smooth, complete migration of data with no data loss and no interruption to end users.

The new infrastructure is empowering increased speed and processing of specific apps, providing faster transactions with less errors for end users.

“This is the tool for us. This can do the job.”
Bureau's IT Support Supervisor

 



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