The MoD’s Data Centre Rationalisation (DCR) Project is designed to move the current defence data centre infrastructure to a more resilient state. This involves a two-pronged attack – one physical and one virtual; this is where we, Net Consulting – the project leaders, along with Hereford-based HS Infra came into play.
HS Infra looked after the physical aspect of the DCR Project. This has involved visiting the multitude of data centres that the MoD currently occupy and compiling a detailed audit of what’s being used and where, but also, what’s not being used and therefore redundant.
Mr Hutchinson adds that the audits HS Infra are taking will also allow the MoD to move out of any legacy data centres and remove any obsolete equipment.
As far as we at Net Consulting are concerned, the key word underpinning this whole project is ‘knowledge’.
The combined analysis of the MoD’s data centre infrastructure that both we, and HS Infra are carrying out, provides a level of knowledge that would be impossible to extract any other way.
From our facility in Wiltshire, our team were able to employ a mixture of specialist technologies to take an in-depth look at all the applications running across the data centre infrastructure.
We’re then able to see what’s being used and what isn’t, and where opportunities lie to migrate to a cloud hosting option instead.