Large Mobile Phone Enterprise - System Consolidation

Our client is one of the world's largest mobile telephone operators, by necessity it runs 24x7 and 'live' operation cannot be lost. Much of their radio network is managed, configured and maintained by the company. A number of critical software packages and large databases have been developed in house. These are used to support operations such as frequency allocation to radio masts or coverage planning and radio network maintenance.

Layer3's experience in supporting change within a 'live' business environment often makes the difference between expensive down time and the client being able to continue delivering whatthey do best!

The Challenge
There was an urgent need to decommission over one hundred UNIX systems that were approaching their end of life. This was potentially a complex problem as each machine could be supporting a large number of applications, some of which were still in constant live use and many were mission critical, others that were only occasionally needed and a small number that could be simply abandoned. Each system had a population of users each with their own login, each system had a list of printers and print queues. Many systems shared file system space either from other systems or shared space out to other systems. Some systems had licensed software which needed to be carefully asset maintained. All users and applications needed to be migrated to a new Unix based cluster, and a high degree of continuity needed to be maintained with no downtime experienced by the user. 

The Solution
Layer3 developed a series of scripts that could be remotely run by the admin teams safely on each live system, producing zero interference. This produced an analysis of the remote systems. Further scripts were then written that could look for indications of applications and find associated users, files, file shares, databases and print queues. This process generated a website that had a per system breakdown of results and a summary page. Finally procedures and automated processes were designed to carry out an automatic migration of the applications, users and their facilities onto the new cluster. 

• Consistent systematic approach.
• Solving migration issues for a single application could be applied across all systems.(Saving £10,000-£35,000 per system)
• Decommission process was automatically and fully documented.
• Reduced manual searching and physical visits with automated network technique.
• Provided accurate measurement of progress at any given point.
• Decommission process was carried out on time and under budget. (Saved £15,000/day on project overrun)
• Systematic decommission guaranteed no expensive losses.
• Systematic license recovery - £850,000 in Unix application, databse and development licenses.

How Can We Help?
We can help you to focus on your deliverables by liberating you from your technology, our experience shows us that there are many ways to achieve solutions. So no matter what challenges you face, we can help you overcome them!

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