Cirba Helps Global Insurer Optimize
Next Generation Infrastructure

Cirba's software used to plan migration of 12,000 workloads in 80 global locations to 2 standardized next-generation data centers, reducing management complexity and maximizing efficiency.

The Challenge: Fragmented Management Tools and Inaccurate Infrastructure Requirements

A Fortune 50 insurance corporation had grown through acquisition around the globe and wanted to consolidate IT infrastructure spread across 80 data centers down to 2. Its mandate was to reduce management complexity and cost through virtualization, standardization and reduction of the number platforms supported.

The Solution: Empirical Analysis Tackles Complex Migrations

The insurer quickly determined that only Cirba's predictive analytics could handle planning for the complex transformations they faced including:

  • Migration off of Sun Solaris onto IBM AIX
  • Physical to virtual transformations
  • Virtual to virtual transformations
  • Environment-wide hardware refresh onto next generation x86 infrastructure

Cirba's predictive analytics provided a comprehensive view of workloads, considering three dimensions of data; utilization, configuration, and business policies for new and existing and workload demands. Cirba's packaged analytics for transformation planning were used to:

  1. Qualify candidates based on utilization audits, technical configurations, operational policies and business requirements
  2. Optimize infrastructure selections, sizing and workload container choices to right-size the environment
  3. Manage density, workload placement and capacity requirements in the new environment as workloads were migrated over, enabling just in time provisioning of additional hardware
  4. Re-optimize and rebalance workloads when new workloads or infrastructure was added

The Results: A Reliable and Efficient Way to Manage Capacity

With Cirba, the insurance company has been able to centralize operations using empirical analysis that delivered:

  • Faster, flexible migration planning
  • Right-sized infrastructure
  • Standardization to reduce management complexity
  • Optimal density and efficiency in next generation infrastructure
  • Low risk of performance and compliance issues