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Microsoft Azure

Cegeka is your perfect partner for your journey to the public cloud. It has built a standard approach that follows the best practices of the Cloud Adoption Framework from Microsoft and combines it with its extensive experience in managing customer environments with the highest demand towards operational excellence.

When we enroll a new customer in Microsoft Azure, our goal is to have an enterprise-ready Azure environment that maximizes cloud-native functionalities that can be supported within SLA is future-proof and optimised and where we remain in control.

Multiple scenario’s are available, with the same end result. Whether we’re migrating your on premises workloads to Microsoft Azure, or enrolling your existing public cloud environment, the aim is to have an environment that will be managed conform SLA and is continuously optimized. These optimizations can range from right-sizing, capacity reservation, transform IAAS to PAAS or other recommendations.

Discover some of our customer stories below:

Terumo

Terumo is one of the major global players (Japan-based) in the medical device market by providing best in class quality products and services. The EMEA locations are spread over 17 locations and has 1416 associates.

Challenge

Recently, the EMEA headquarters, fully migrated its SAP ERP-system to Microsoft Azure public cloud. The main requirement of Terumo is to have information available, always and everywhere, acting as the “always-on” principle. Additionally, all information needs to be up to date without any delay.

Solution

The choice for Microsoft Azure turned out to be the right one because the required Life science industry certificates were already present in the design of the cloud solution, which is a mandatory requirement for the medical sector. Besides the required certificates, the changes on volumes in datacenter services resulting in less resource consumption and optimal optimization was a driver to migrate the workloads to the public cloud.

How

Terumo's SAP application was hosted in the data centers of Cegeka. Together with the customer we decided to move the environment to the "public cloud" as Terumo conducts business locally while pursuing a unified EMEA strategy with an Azure focus for DC services.

The months of preparation ensured that customers, employees and external partners were unaffected by this migration. The entire migration of the 1350 SAP users took place in barely a weekend and the implementation went smoothly. Scope of the migration included the setup of 110 virtual machines and 39 SAP databases (2 SAP HANA and 37 MSSQL). The size of the data migration was + 40TB.

By moving the entire infrastructure and to the cloud enables the future of machine learning (AI), a technology that is high on the agenda of Terumo and Cegeka.


Group IT

Group IT is a Belgian-Romanian based entity which services 4000 Cegeka employees which are situated in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Romania. The support includes remote as onsite support IT related activities.

Challenge

Recently, Group IT chose to move its Fleet application landscape towards Microsoft Azure public cloud. This shift was triggered by finding an answer on 2 questions: 1. How can we ensure maximum flexibility from infrastructure part ? 2. How can rearrange the IT landscape in a more cost efficient and secure manner.

After undergoing an cloud readiness scan, Microsoft Azure was selected as preferred public cloud supplier. The flexibility aspect of cloud computing and subsidiary, the cost efficiency and DR capabilities played a crucial role for preferring Microsoft Azure public cloud above the other competitors on the west European market.

Solution

Group IT’s Fleet application was hosted in the data centers of Cegeka. Based on the cloud readiness assessment results, Microsoft Azure public cloud was nominated as preferred supplier due to the fact that Microsoft Azure public cloud outperforms its competitor on the following 2 subjects:

  1. Flexibility & cost: Microsoft Azure public cloud has proven to be a reliable platform to auto schedule the application start / stop service in order to reduce cost. However when the application workload requires additional resources, these can be deployed fast and in a secure way in an instance.
  2. Disaster recovery: In order to safeguard the sensitive data of the application, it’s indispensable to provide a solid disaster recovery system. Azure Site Recovery fulfills these requirements by providing an easy implementation and governance model which is based on a wide arrange of recovery sites around the world. Due to the nature of data, it was important that Cegeka could opt that the data would be situated in West-Europe only. This was achieved in an blink of an eye due to the flexibility of the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform.

How

The project started with the assessment of 94 virtual machines in the Group IT environment. For this assessment we used the Azure Migrate service that is native to Azure. The virtual machines where grouped down into different solutions. Afterwards we did an assessment of the SQL cluster and the stand-alone SQL machines with a total of 602 databases. The Microsoft Data Migration Assistant provided information about the solutions that might be moved to Azure. After mitigating the issues that came up in the SQL assessment, the database could be moved.

The Azure Migrate service provided a smooth transition from the on-prem virtual machines to Azure with a minimal of downtime during the cutover moment.

The SQL databases were migrated to a SQL managed instance, and a standalone VM with SQL server on it.