Preparation for Data Center Migration


The challenge was to identify system complexities and interdependencies.

The NHS was launched in 1948 with the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all regardless of wealth. The NHS in England deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours and employs around 1.2 million people with a budget of over £120 billion.

Services undertaken by the NHS cover everything including routine screenings, treatment for long term conditions, transplants, emergency treatment and end-of-life care. There are a significant number of IT systems and applications that support the NHS and an “always-on” IT service is imperative.

To support the data center migration project and ensure continued service during the migration the NHS required a baseline of the current in-scope data center infrastructure, system complexities and interdependencies identified and key data provided to enable the design, implementation and migration planning.

The Solution.

Working together with one of our partners, Tekwurx implemented fast, accurate IT asset discovery with BMC Discovery along with TexWurx uControl™, to provide automated discovery of the data center infrastructure across virtual, physical and network devices.

With an automated and regular collection of infrastructure data Tekwurx uControl was used to provide Business Service mapping and monitoring of those Business Services for ongoing change audits.

Results which exceeded expectations.

  • Existing installation of BMC Discovery that was in poor health replaced and ongoing process implemented to maintain
  • Over 100 Business Services mapped in 20 days resulting in estimated cost saving of over £50,000 compared to traditional methods
  • Visibility into assets and their relationships vital contribution to migration project.
  • Ongoing monitoring of Business Service models provided alerts and audit history of changes during migration project.