Watermans

Apr 7, 2017 | Case Study

The problem

Watermans had a problem. An altogether far too common problem; an aging on-premises platform supporting a crucial line of business application which had long ago left its supportable life cycle. A hardware refresh was in order, however, few within Watermans were willing to touch these services as the app was the fruit of bespoke development, sitting on ancient hardware supported by Windows 2000. It was seen as a disaster waiting to happen.

The solution

We began by first understanding the application and performing our Azurefy application readiness assessment. Using our unique skillset, we first understood then developed the optimum route to cloud adoption for Watermans that both minimised risk and maximised new capabilities offered by Azure. We then used these understandings to propose and build an architecture and migration plan that restructured the client’s application to make full use of the features available within Microsoft Azure.

How we got there

Azured not only migrated Waterman’s application from an aging Windows 2000 platform to a Windows 2012R2 based IaaS environment. We also enhanced both their back and front ends by migrating to Azure PaaS. This resulted in higher application availability, simplified ongoing development due to the adoption of native PaaS and Azure management tools. Furthermore, we increased supportability by migrating away from an aging software and hardware platform towards a modern and imminently supportable platform in Microsoft Azure.

“Azured provided us with a solution that was beyond the scope of the initial engagement and our expectations. It’s not often you come across a supplier who takes the time to understand your business – prioritising our needs whilst tailoring solutions and customer service to make the engagement all the more seamless and in-line with our operations.”

Andrew McQuie

IT Manager, Tilling Timber