Migrating to the Crown Hosting Datacentre

Crown Hosting Data Centres is a framework contract and joint venture, to deliver legacy hosting services. With a Cloud First policy and the prevalence of GCloud, many Government legacy applications will migrate to the cloud yet hosting arrangements do not have the maturity to deliver effective transitions. This is where the Crown Hosting Data Centres come to the fore – to provide a secure and cost effective home for those applications.

The framework is open to the whole of the public sector aiming to work as one Government customer. This has enabled lower prices and better terms than each individual department can deliver on their own.

Crown Hosting Data Centres state-of-the-art facilities will enable Technology Leaders to keep legacy systems running and significantly reduce power costs. It will also provide the platform to design and develop new services based on user needs. Importantly, it will also give an effective overview of legacy estates and where it sits. This will help reduce over-specification and standardise what government needs from a legacy hosting environment.

So how do you get there? How do you migrate? How will your data be assured? How will you ensure the security and integrity of your systems?

Computacenter has an Optimised Data centre Migration Approach; an end to end and systematic solution encompassing the transition of data, applications to physical and virtual machines. We’ll manage your data, your physical machines and will deliver a true end to end migration service into the Crown Hosting Datacentre.

The physical act of moving is probably the most straight forward task. We use specialist relocation partners, Technimove whose security cleared and trained engineers deliver to defined architectures. But the real task is in the planning and preparation. We’ll audit your environment to deliver a detailed map of interdependencies with other devices including all your applications and the users they support.

We’ll create business cases for you which include the payback time. We’ll also work with you to define how this is communicated into your business and how we can minimise the impact of change. Our team will give you a thorough view on risk and security. We’ll test out strategies and proof of concepts in our Solutions Centre prior to any move and even do pilot physical moves.

Our consultants remove your management overhead, optimise your assets and define how we can make your data and infrastructure more efficient prior to the lift and shift. Our infrastructure design will ensure you maximise the Crown Hosting benefits on offer, making the most of the power, connectivity and security. We’ll then define, audit, plan and design migration strategies with you. Our management system controls the procurement and logistics, manages all assets and professional services and delivers a reduced risk outcome.

And what next? We will deliver cost effective solutions in line with your business outcomes. This means offering ongoing support, maintenance and managed service contracts for your new infrastructure. And the good thing? We’ve done this all before. For banks, transport companies, technology and utility companies and, of course, Government customers.


About James Sylvester

James is a Public Sector specialist who has the responsibility of creating the route to market for the sales team through the multitude of frameworks. He works with the Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service and the Crown Commercial Service to support our propositions, major campaigns and opportunities.

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