Sirius leveraged its cloud, networking and security expertise to support GuideOne’s transformation from a legacy environment of approximately 850 virtualized workloads, to a future state of IT with VMware CloudTM on AWS. GuideOne’s migration was seamless, fast, and cost- and resource-efficient. Sirius also provided a custom framework that secures and easily manages GuideOne’s applications in the cloud.
When GuideOne set out to migrate on-premises workloads to a co-location facility in 2019, they realized that a cloud solution would provide better performance and lower costs if they could overcome challenges such as a lack of internal skills, application portability and compatibility while ensuring consistency for governance, security and operational policies. When GuideOne engaged Sirius, it was clear they needed SLA consistency, and to bridge the gap between their application development team’s requirements and their infrastructure team’s ability to deliver.
Sirius began with implementation planning that included a detailed review of GuideOne’s existing environment and a roadmap to a future state that specified the appropriate compute to right-size their new cloud-based ecosystem. “Sirius did a good job of listening to us,” Maas said. “They met us at our maturity level and gave us a plan to get out of the data center business.”
GuideOne’s existing VMware skills were among the top considerations in selecting VMware Cloud on AWS. The solution runs on Amazon EC2 elastic, bare-metal infrastructure and includes connectivity and storage. A Commvault backup solution in the cloud replaced an existing backup solution to improve recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). The new cloud-based environment was a success as it provided full operational consistency with GuideOne’s former on-premises deployments.
As part of this work, Sirius implemented and integrated many components to the VMware Cloud on AWS environment, including vRealize Log Insight, VMware HCX Manager, VMware vCenter Server, and VMware Hybrid Linked Mode. Sirius worked with GuideOne to ensure consistency between on-premises and cloud solutions for governance, security and operational policies as well as application portability and compatibility. Another highlight of the solution was the seamless, large-scale workload portability and hybrid operations required to support GuideOne’s business and set the stage for rapid cloud deployment and migration.
The solution allows GuideOne to quickly consume cloud, gives internal resources familiar with VMware time to ramp up their AWS skills, and delivers a tested and vastly improved disaster recovery (DR) strategy. “While this was a cost-avoidance exercise to flatten expenses, we also gained the benefit of a VMware/AWS environment,” Maas said.