Navigate LogoNavigate Affordable Housing develops and enhances safe, decent, sanitary, and affordable housing in Jefferson County Alabama.  Navigate had outgrown its office space and was planning a move to a more convenient location.

PROBLEM

As the task of relocating its data center was assessed and the costs were estimated, the need to update unreliable hardware and replace outdated networking equipment became apparent.  The capital expenditure Navigate faced was outside of their fixed budget.

SOLUTION

Navigate, with its managed service provider Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), decided to evaluate the alternative of relocating to the cloud.  ICS turned to Cloud Navigator to bring expertise and experience with The Microsoft Cloud to the problem.

A rapid assessment determined that the migration of several IT systems to Microsoft Azure could be accomplished in the short time before the physical relocation of the organization was completed.

A virtual network was deployed in Azure, followed by a number of virtual machines which would then host those IT systems.  The transition to these cloud based services was planned, and the cutover was completed just prior to the move.

RESULTS

The capital expense of buying new servers and networking hardware was avoided.  That had been the primary objective.  Unexpected benefits that Navigate found also included:

  • a more foolproof and verifiable backup strategy
  • increased performance
  • the ability to deploy a true disaster recovery plan

Navigate now uses Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365.  By adopting the three foundational pillars of The Microsoft Cloud, the organization now operates in a fully integrated and universally accessible virtualized data center environment.