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Willmott Dixon managed most of its infrastructure in-house, but it was using a third-party on-premise data centre for its backup and DR strategy. The contract with this data centre was nearing expiry which sparked an internal discussion about alternatives to on-premise.
The solution needed to have:
The Bytes team went through the benefits of Microsoft Azure, a cloud platform offering ease of use, peace of mind and cost-effectiveness. Moving to the cloud would reduce the unnecessary costs of housing a physical data centre. It also offered a stable environment for developers, in addition to boosting visibility, agility and management. Azure simply ticked all the boxes.
To make the migration cost-effective, Willmott Dixon also needed expert guidance to determine the right Microsoft licensing agreement. It was using a Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) for its on-premise server licenses. Bytes got straight to work providing cost models for replacing this with cloud instances. Willmott Dixon chose Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) model, as costs would organically grow when instances were created, and it has no need for an upfront commit.
For further cost reduction and increased efficiency, Bytes also used its Cloud Investment Management Services (CIMS). This service uses Bytes’ Quantum analytics platform to monitor cloud activity, and analytics experts to provide clear recommendations on licensing, compute and workload management. Willmott Dixon followed Bytes’ expert advice, making full use of reserved instances and hybrid-use benefits – two key benefits of CIMS.
For additional support, Bytes recommended and partnered with New Signature. This trusted partner helped Willmott Dixon predict with accuracy its future Azure workload and virtual machine usage. It also provided technical assistance during the migration of instances and applications to Azure, whilst Bytes provided an estimation of consumption costs.
Willmott Dixon gained the following benefits:
In addition, Bytes have helped Willmott Dixon make significant monthly savings in Azure. Bytes’ CIMS team are providing on-going support to prevent cloud over-spending, and the company plan to use CIMS to review other areas of spend, such as SQL.
Gareth J Davies, Head of Technology Services, Willmott Dixon