|Customer: A leading distributor and retailer of sporting goods and athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel.||Profile: The client is in the sporting goods business, dedicated to providing a comprehensive selection of baseball, football, softball and cheer leading equipment at an affordable price|
Services: Microsoft Azure migration services
|Size: 201-500 employees|
As one of the internet’s top sporting goods retailer, the client operates multiple ecommerce websites designed for the sale of sporting goods, and for fundraising. These websites were hosted on Rackspace infrastructure, along with their database servers.
With a considerable amount of increase in website traffic and more products coming online, the retailer started to experience IT infrastructure issues, such as low performance of the database servers, high managed services and hardware maintenance costs, lack of complete disaster recovery mechanism, and web security vulnerabilities.
The retailer required a more sophisticated IT infrastructure that could work best with its websites, and provide a cost-efficient and secure environment.
The retailer was in search of an effective cloud hosting solution like Rackspace that would integrate seamlessly with their websites and address the IT infrastructure issues that Rackspace could not.
Solution and Approach
Synoptek (formerly Indusa) worked with the retailer to understand its mission, objectives, timeline, and budget and then suggested to migrate its IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure.
After performing an in-depth assessment of the cloud options available, and calculating the benefits that Azure would bring to its business (apart from eliminating the IT infrastructure issues), the retailer agreed to perform the Azure migration.
Before performing the migration, Synoptek carried out a migration readiness check to fix the potential issues in the source environment:
a) Compatibility: Analyze if the websites are architecturally fit for Azure before moving
b) External / internal dependencies: Check if there are any external or internal dependencies, analyze if those are accessible through Azure
c) Database Compatibility: Analyze whether the existing database is best fit to migrate to Azure
d) Integration of websites: Check whether the websites are integrated with other on premises applications or shared services
e) Scalability: Identify whether the website design supports scalability as Azure supports it
f) Cost: Verify whether moving websites is cost effective for the retailer
g) Security: Clarify whether standard level security can be provided after migration, in terms of:
a) Create an Azure infrastructure foundation for the virtual machine
b) Create a virtual machine in Azure and configure it with IIS
c) Copy the websites to the Azure virtual machine
d) Open ports and configure Azure for the new service
e) Change configuration information on websites
Synoptek handled the whole process of the Azure migration in an uninterrupted manner, and made sure that the transition was as smooth as possible.
After performing the migration, knowledge was transferred, where SMEs trained the retailer’s team on Azure deployment and management.
Migrating to Microsoft Azure Cloud allows the retailer to easily manage IT infrastructure capacity based on increase demands and growth, reducing monthly hardware costs, reducing business risk, and increasing overall operational efficiency.
The retailer observes key benefits such as: