Background to the project
The customer, one of the largest Healthcare Trusts in England, is undergoing significant infrastructure modernisation as part of its journey to hybrid cloud. As part of that strategy, the Trust has spent a lot of time and effort on due diligence, including a 2019 Movere Assessment to review its entire IT infrastructure. The findings identified various security risks in unsupported operating systems and SQL servers. It also highlighted that many SQL servers were underutilised.
The customer decided to migrate some of these SQL workloads to Microsoft Azure to determine the viability of a wider migration programme that would reduce the on-premise estate. The vision was to transform their SQL workloads from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS) to achieve the cost reductions and operational savings of consolidating in Azure public cloud. Our contact, IM&T Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, explains: “The majority of our IT stack is designed around Microsoft technology, including our digital workplace strategy which is looking at Microsoft 365 as a SaaS model. We have a lot of dependencies on systems and licenses based in SQL databases and Azure is therefore the logical choice for our LaaS and PaaS models – looking at all the systems we have and trying to rearchitect them.”
Why Trustmarque was selected as a partner
The Trust has a complex IT environment with different operating models and varying needs across the organisation. It was therefore crucial they work with a partner who could understand the complexities and dependencies to create datacentre infrastructure that is “fit for purpose”.
Our contact reveals three key considerations. They needed a partner who could: guarantee security was at the heart of the project; ensure alignment to the principles and blueprint set out by NHS Digital; and leverage best practice methodologies from Microsoft.
With over 30 years’ experience working with Microsoft to support the health sector through digital transformation, Trustmarque was able to demonstrate our unique capabilities, including: a deep understanding of intricate IT systems; datacentre design and operating models; and unrivalled knowledge of Microsoft Azure excellence across design, build, migration, governance and full defence security.
Our contact, IM&T Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, confirms: “We started doing the early design scope with Trustmarque and having looked through the technical design brief, it was immediately clear that it was a fantastic piece of work. The level of detail left no stone unturned. Trustmarque showed commitment to making sure the virtual datacentre would be set up to the right standards, making sure it is secure and conscious of Azure consumption.”