CEVA Logistics gets seamless data centre move from BT
(03 December 2015)
BT eliminates major data centre migration risk for global transportation company
A full-service transportation business with operations in 170 countries, CEVA Logistics planned to rationalise its 17 worldwide data centres. They wanted to reduce costs and enhance the customer experience through global standards and processes. That would take a centralised data centre platform.
BT was ideally placed to help. It already provided CEVA Logistics with a global network connecting 600 sites across Europe and South America, complemented by inbound voice, security and internet access services.
The CEVA Logistics primary data centre was already hosted by BT in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, but the company’s disaster recovery facility was at third-party premises elsewhere. To strengthen business resilience and furnish a sound foundation for further data centre consolidation and the growth of additional IT services, it was decided to relocate the latter to BT premises in Rotterdam.
This was no simple task. It involved the shift of around 26TB of critical business data. It was vital the migration went as smoothly as possible.
A team of BT Advise Compute network and data centre specialists took responsibility for the whole project, working closely with CEVA Logistics on detailed risk analysis and mitigation plans to cover worst-case scenarios. As part of the precautions, they tested all cabling between the data centres and presented the reports for verification.
The equipment, patch lists and other documentation were checked twice by separate teams, to minimise the chance of human error. A two-week freeze on data centre hardware and software changes ensured no last-minute glitches would prejudice the project. BT also got spare parts for the EMC VMAX storage arrays in case of device failure during the move.
Finally, all 26TB of data was replicated and synchronised before the storage arrays were transported, to make sure nothing would be lost in the event of a transport-induced failure.
The data centre migration took place over a weekend with zero business impact.
BT services are a lifeline for our business and the key to our future success. BT adapts seamlessly to our changing needs and never penalises us for things outside the norm. That shows the strength of our partnership.”
- Garry May, vice president for data centre services
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