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An Accelerated Path to the Cloud

When the American Cancer Society needed to migrate two large on-premises datacenters to the cloud on an expedited timeline, it partnered with Redapt to get the job done without disrupting operations.

In a nutshell ...

In an effort to streamline operations and create efficiencies, the American Cancer Society wanted to scale back its real estate footprint. 

Within that footprint were large on-premises datacenters. Redapt’s cloud migration team helped the company migrate the contents of the datacenters to the cloud on a greatly compressed timeline.

The problem

Looking to create efficiencies, the American Cancer Society wanted to migrate 700 servers from on-premises datacenters to the cloud. Because the datacenters were housed in office footprints the organization was about to sell, this migration needed to be done in nine weeks.

The solution

Redapt formulated a detailed plan with the American Cancer Society to expedite the migration of data from the datacenters to Azure from locations in Atlanta and Austin. As part of the plan, we also examined the organization’s technical debt to identify applications that could be migrated and those that could be replaced by Azure services.

The outcome

After the technical debt review, we were able to reduce the number of servers that needed to be migrated from 700 to around 350. We were then able to accelerate the migration process to Azure while ensuring proper governance was in place in the new cloud environment to meet regulatory requirements for data protection.

Moment of clarity

Once Redapt conducted a thorough review of the American Cancer Society’s datacenters for technical debt, we determined the entire migration process could be greatly accelerated by reducing the number of servers that needed to be moved by nearly 50 percent.


What the company needed

With a growing remote workforce and a desire to reduce operational costs, the American Cancer Society was looking to offload office locations to cut back on its real estate footprint.

At two of those locations, large datacenters were in place that needed to be removed before the sale of the locations could go through.

Due to the timeline of the real estate deals, the organization needed a way to efficiently migrate the data and applications from 700 servers to the cloud on a tight deadline.

Our recommendation

As Redapt’s cloud migration team worked with American Cancer Society on a plan to move the contents of the two datacenters to Azure, we recommended conducting a thorough examination of the organization’s data and applications to identify areas of technical debt.

Following this examination, we were able to cut the number of servers that needed to be migrated from 700 to around 350. This drastically reduced the time necessary to migrate the two datacenters to Azure while still maintaining proper governance and security on the organization’s data to meet strict regulatory requirements. All told, the migration was completed within nine weeks.

The end result

By leveraging the expertise of Redapt’s cloud migration team, the American Cancer Society was able to meet its deadline of removing the datacenters from its Atlanta and Austin locations. This allowed the organization to complete its real estate transactions and chart a new path forward in Azure—a path that provides them with greater flexibility in their operations without sacrificing data security.

  • A technical debt examination was conducted

    to determine where efficiencies in storage and applications could be found.

  • The number of servers to be migrated was reduced

    from 700 to around 350.

  • The migration was completed

    to Azure within nine weeks, allowing the company to meet its deadline to close real estate transactions that saved the organization a substantial amount of money.

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