Here are some of the major projects that Marathon has recently conducted.


 

International Organisation - Project: Microsoft Azure hybrid environment

The North European business units, covering 9 countries of a larger international company, required a new IT infrastructure to replace a distributed environment which was expensive and difficult to manage. To provide a model that could be rolled out to further business units and future acquisitions, the parent company adopted a cloud-first strategy choosing Microsoft Azure as the preferred platform.

Several cloud technologies were joined-up, using multiple Azure regions and a private data-centre to create a hybrid environment. Services could be placed into the best locations factoring in hosting costs, required service levels and geographical location for each individual service. In addition to Azure services were consumed from other cloud providers such as Symantec (used for end-point protection). Office 365 and other cloud aware applications such as ServiceNow were configured to integrate with Azure AD. Citrix Cloud was used to cloud enable applications that did not directly provide this functionality, on their own.

Within Azure the customers own EA licensing was used in additional to the service providers CSP to enable flexible licensing within the single tenant that provide the best of both worlds. SLPA licenses was used in the private data-centre to provide a pay-monthly licensing model that could easily be scaled both up and down.

Technologies used: Windows Server, Active Directory, Azure Activity Directory, Azure, Office 365, Citrix Cloud, Symantec Cloud, EA/CSP/SPLA licensing

Roles: Design, Technical Consultancy, Implementation, Migration


Construction Company - Project: Microsoft Azure migration project

The customer was maintaining and supporting a large amount of outdated hardware in both the server and storage areas. The organisation supported over 1000 users populated in both offices containing their data centre as well as remote site locations.

The purpose of the project was to analyse requirements and propose an end-point for workloads that required migration, and to then carry out the appropriate migrations. The customer was keen to explore the benefits of moving workloads to cloud services whilst still retaining a number of on-premise systems that were not themselves out of date.

A design was created that delivered a hybrid moving email services to a hybrid Office 365 environment, created Azure IaaS servers to host a number of infrastructure services, and created an Azure PaaS environment hosting web and database services to be used as a development environment. Delivery of this design was then implemented by working with appropriately skilled teams using both internal and external resource.

Technologies used: Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Windows Server, Active Directory, Office 365

Roles: Architecture/Design, Implementation Planning, Technical Project Management


Manufacturing Organisation - Project: Data Centre modernisation planning

The customer maintained thousands of Windows Server 2003 workloads past the end of life support date for this operating system.

The initial project was aimed at analysing and documenting all workloads still running on Windows 2003, and providing an analysis of suitable target systems for these services utilising either Microsoft Azure or on-premise deployment of Windows 2012 R2, or a combination of both.

Refresh IT’s “Refresh Insight Servers and Applications” (RIS&A) software was used to collect and collate this information, with detailed reports being provided to the customer outlining the server infrastructure, the applications infrastructure, and providing all possible target environment information. The level of detail provided allowed exact Azure sizing in terms of both IaaS and PaaS models, as well as options for upgrading to new on-premise servers. Applications compatibility for moving the customer’s apps to modern platforms was also analysed, allowing the customer to cost exactly all options for migration.

Technologies used: RIS&A, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Windows Server

Roles: Discovery and Analysis, Reporting, Technical Project Management


Central Government Organisation - Project: Data Centre modernisation planning

Similar to the above modernisation project, this Government organisation had a specific requirement to migrate as much of their 500 server strong estate to the cloud as possible. This time the servers were a mix of 2008/R2 and 2012/R2 servers and the specific target was migrating to Azure.

The same process was followed with the specific Azure outputs being used to allow the project to progress to the planning and design stage, with live migrations now underway.

Technologies used: RIS&A, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Windows Server

Roles: Discovery and Analysis, Reporting, Technical Project Management


Internet Consumer Business Merger - Project: AD and Email Convergence

Two large Internet based organisations merged with an aggressive deadline for co-existence and a merged company comprising 7000 users.

The project initially involved providing guidance for “day one” co-existence for the merged company to provide shared access to resources and a common email platform with unified email address space and a single Global Address list. This was successfully implemented on the day one go-live date of the merged organisation, with less than two weeks planning.

The project has now moved on to strategic planning, with a 100 day timeline for proper migration of the two organisations’ Active Directory and Exchange/Office 365 environments into a single converged environment conforming to Microsoft’s “Cloud First” principle for migration.

Technologies used: Active Directory, Exchange, Office 365, Okta IDaaS

Roles: Technical Consultant, Strategic Planning


Construction Company - Project: Microsoft Azure migration

The customer was maintaining and supporting a large amount of outdated hardware in both the server and storage areas. The organisation supported over 1000 users populated in both offices containing their data centre as well as remote site locations.

The purpose of the project was to analyse requirements and propose an end-point for workloads that required migration, and to then carry out the appropriate migrations. The customer was keen to explore the benefits of moving workloads to cloud services whilst still retaining a number of on-premise systems that were not themselves out of date.

A design was created that delivered a solution moving email services to a hybrid Office 365 environment, created Azure IaaS servers to host a number of infrastructure services, and created an Azure PaaS environment hosting web and database services to be used as a development environment. Delivery of this design was then implemented by working with appropriately skilled teams using both internal and external resource.

Technologies used: Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Windows Server, Active Directory, Office 365

Roles: Architecture/Design, Implementation Planning, Technical Project Management


Manufacturing Organisation - Project: Data Centre modernisation planning

The customer maintained thousands of Windows Server 2003 workloads past the end of life support date for this operating system.

The initial project was aimed at analysing and documenting all workloads still running on Windows 2003, and providing an analysis of suitable target systems for these services utilising either Microsoft Azure or on-premise deployment of Windows 2012 R2, or a combination of both.

Refresh IT’s “Refresh Insight Servers and Applications” (RIS&A) software was used to collect and collate this information, with detailed reports being provided to the customer outlining the server infrastructure, the applications infrastructure, and providing all possible target environment information. The level of detail provided allowed exact Azure sizing in terms of both IaaS and PaaS models, as well as options for upgrading to new on-premise servers. Applications compatibility for moving the customer’s apps to modern platforms was also analysed, allowing the customer to cost exactly all options for migration.

Technologies used: RIS&A, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Windows Server

Roles: Discovery and Analysis, Reporting, Technical Project Management