Company Profile – Tata Chemicals North America
- Part of an innovative, multinational corporation committed to sustainable practices, responsible manufacturing, and investing in communities
- One of the world’s largest producers of soda ash since 1884
- Proudly serving society through science for over 80 years, with companies in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America
Challenge – Large-Scale Cross-Country Relocation
Tata Chemicals of North America needed to move their headquarters from New Jersey to Utah with as little disruption as possible.
Tata wasn’t sure they could move their large data center 2000 miles across the country within the projected 6-month timeframe. The team researched other, larger IaaS providers but found hidden fees and complicated plans that would involve more system resources and IT outsourcing.
They ultimately partnered with IT Vortex who fostered clear communication, a simple and custom migration process, and straightforward, transparent pricing.
The Tata IT team was convinced that IT Vortex could seamlessly lift and shift their virtual servers, and decouple the NJ IT data center and infrastructure from the operations they were leaving behind.
Solution – Cloud Hosting for HQ Relocation with Zero Service Interruptions
During the onboarding process, Tata received a detailed plan for the relocation. The first step was to migrate Tata’s servers into the hosted cloud.
Tata was nervous about possible failure and data loss. However, the IT Vortex team explained how they could end and/or reverse the process at any time, if the need arose. Tata had concerns of downtime during maintenance. These were addressed with flexible, after-hours migration but, no downtime ever occurred. Tata retained full control of the project and called all the shots, while IT Vortex handled each step smoothly.
In NJ, IT Vortex successfully migrated Tata’s servers to the ITV cloud infrastructure. They gracefully terminated onsite services with no interruption to remaining business operations.
Next, Tata was able to set up new VPN and MPLS connections from existing offices around the world as well as the new Utah Headquarters, prior to the move. The corporation never missed a beat in its line of business operations and processes.
Tata partnered with IT Vortex in April of 2017 and finished the project in June 2017, well exceeding the company’s timeline.
Results – 100% Business Continuity & Increased Performance
Tata profited from IT Vortex’s cloud hosting for their HQ relocation in keeping their systems online during their cross-country move. They also received unintended benefits after the process was complete.
Before the relocation, much of the NJ equipment was nearing the end of life. The older hardware was beginning to show signs of diminished performance. Using new hardware in the IT Vortex data centers, Tata immediately experienced 3-4x increased performance speed across the virtual system.
Still in the cloud years later, Tata is realizing tremendous hardware savings without needing to upgrade physical systems. Investing in IaaS has drastically reduced the cost of large IT capital expenditures, maintenance costs, and IT services.
Paying only for the resources they need when they need them allows Tata to operate with a predictable IT budget. Now, they allocate funds and professional resources to other priorities within the corporation.
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