Amazon Web Services Case Study: Cloud Nation Migrates 58 Applications into AWS Within a Week

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Using CloudEndure, Cloud Nation performed cloud migration within one week – an Amazon AWS case study

Overview

Cloud Nation is a channel-only service provider that helps IT companies and SMBs/SMEs to move into the cloud. When the cloud provider of one of its clients (a CPA firm) was shutting down its operations, a fast and accurate migration of the whole workload of that client into Amazon’s AWS was required.
Using CloudEndure’s Migration Solution, the data and applications of that client’s services were seamlessly moved from the customer’s hosted datacenter into AWS.
The migration process was successfully completed one week before the deadline of three weeks.

Company

Privately held, New Jersey based Cloud Nation, Inc. offers technology professionals a platform to build solutions (Windows servers, attached file storage, and Windows desktop connections) using Citrix XenApp and Receiver as the core technology and putting it on Amazon’s AWS platform. With over a decade of experience with cloud-based products, the company is a leader in custom cloud migrations and implementations, offering its services on a month-to-month basis.

The Challenge

One of Cloud Nation’s resellers had a CPA firm as a client running 58 applications in a data center. That CPA was suddenly confronted with the fact that his hosted datacenter was shutting down. The CPA firm quickly contacted his Cloud Nation reseller who in turn contacted Steve Ferman, the owner and CEO of Cloud Nation, to find a migration solution. To make things more complicated, the customer was in the middle of tax season, which required that staff must have instant access to all data and applications on the servers to file tax returns etc. in time for their clients. Downtime was not an option.

The Solution

Cloud Nation heard about CloudEndure through Cloud Technology Partners, who recommended engaging CloudEndure for the migration. The migration solution that Cloud Nation was looking for had to be based on proven technology that could be easily deployed quickly and without incurring high costs. Cloud Nation tested CloudEndure’s Migration Solution and after 3 days decided to go with CloudEndure since the migration was even smoother and quicker than anticipated.

The preparation for the migration encompassed the handling of raw data on the servers and setting up the logins, print servers, caching, etc. A sandbox environment was used to test that the migration completed successfully before cutting over. This preparation was key for the migration taking only a few short days and having worked so well.

Results

With CloudEndure, 58 applications with hundreds of Gigabytes of data were migrated successfully to AWS. The whole migration project took one week and was completed one week before the deadline.
The cut-over was so seamless, that the employees in the CPA’s office could simply log on and work on their computers as if the migration never took place. They never noticed that all their data and applications had moved to AWS. As promised by CloudEndure, the migration was conducted within time and budget.

Recommendation

Steve Ferman was impressed with how easy the whole migration process was, especially in light of the customer’s stringent deadline. When asked what his opinion of CloudEndure’s migration solution was, he answered: “We all know that migration is not easy, since it involves an exact replication from A to B. As you can understand, reinstalling 58 applications was not an option we wanted to consider. CloudEndure was able to live up to its promise: a quick, seamless, and on time migration without any loss of data or other issues.” He went on to point out that CloudEndure also provided great support.

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