Applied Discovery is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington with its main data center located in south Seattle. The IT infrastructure is comprised primarily of Windows servers and storage systems from Hitachi Data Systems. The company needed to complete an internal data migration comprising about 170 servers and 250 – 300 TB of data. The expected timeframe for project completion was a year or more.
Capacity expansion issues were the primary driver behind the data migration project. Applied Discovery was quickly running out of storage on its storage area networks (SAN) and had to move data onto new storage systems. Although the company used native replication tools, it would take some time since all the systems would have to be virtualized behind the new storage system.