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Safely Consolidate 30 Data Centers into 2

Discussion created by catherine.kellogg Expert on Apr 9, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 29, 2016 by julie.gordon

ross.goldstein of All Covered explains how they were able to safely consolidate nearly 30 distinct data centers into two flagship locations and expand their Cloud 2.0 offering to their customers.

 

This article originally appeared on http://vmturbo.com/blog/all-covered-maximizes-utilization-hosted-infrastructure/

 

All Covered Assures Performance of 2,000 Cloud-Based Servers and Maximizes Utilization of Hosted Infrastructure

With the introduction of cloud and virtualization to the modern data center, things may have become more efficient, but they’ve also become dramatically more complex. This is especially true in the case of MSPs, as more and more companies look to outsource the day-to-day management of their physical and virtual environments. Companies facing limitations in budget or resources may see this solution as the answer to their problems, but as the data center becomes increasingly complex the MSP engineers come under a great deal of pressure to provide top-notch, hiccup-free services to their customers. Nothing comes easy does it?

VMTurbo works with MSPs of all sizes to help them do just that, enabling them to confidently meet SLAs for their customers as well as assure effective use of their own internal infrastructure. And now that I think of it, one customer in particular comes to mind. Over the last few years, All Covered, the managed services division of Konica Minolta and leading nationwide IT services provider, has acquired dozens of companies and took up a major initiative to consolidate nearly 30 unique data centers into two flagship locations. During the same time, All Covered introduced their Cloud 2.0 offering, further extending their clients’ on- and off-premises capabilities. In other words, there was a lot going on and a heavy burden was placed on the cloud services team.

It was for this reason that All Covered looked to VMTurbo to help maximize the usage of their hosted infrastructure, providing insight into available headroom and future capacity as well as control over onboarding workloads from data centers across the country. “We’re continuing to grow rapidly,” said Ross Goldstein, Senior Cloud Services Architect. “When consolidating data centers, we can easily prepare for bringing on new workloads and ensure they receive the resources they need, without disrupting services to the engineers and their clients.”

The platform allowed the team to control their expanding environment in a way that took into consideration how each change would affect another part of the infrastructure. By starting with VM and workload demand and assuring the right resource supply is available to meet this demand they were able to drive the environment to its desired state. A state where application performance is assured while maximizing utilization of the infrastructure. In this desired state, the environment was in equilibrium and both the engineers and their clients were happy as could be. VMTurbo Operations Manager now provides control for All Covered’s 2,000 cloud-based virtual services, providing services to more than 250 clients utilizing the Cloud 2.0 platform.

No longer having to spend valuable time monitoring and responding to endless alerts, the cloud services team at All Covered can now dedicate their efforts towards the continuous growth and consolidation projects. They are able to ensure that the cloud-based infrastructure is kept running smoothly, all the while keeping costs low for the company and their clients.

For more on All Covered’s success with VMTurbo, take a look at this customer case study.

 

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