Case Study: Workload Migration



The Challenge

A global provider of consumer products with over 100 quality brands such as Bionaire, Breville, Crock-Pot, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, and Sunbeam® was notified by their colocation provider that their production colocation data center would be shutting down in less than 12 months. This data center was the most critical data processing facility in the Company and the migration would need to be executed with minimal impact to the business

This company needed a specialized and experienced firm to:

  • Plan and execute a flawless migration of all applications
  • Complete the migration activity within 9 months of kickoff
  • Ensure that the customer didn’t incur severe penalties from their compute vendor for late return of critical asset-swap hardware
  • Transfer project management knowledge to the client for future initiatives
  • Decommission the old facility to avoid late exit penalties



  • Business Units & Corporate services
  • Application inventory
  • Dependencies
  • Infrastructure
  • Resources
  • Users/Customer profiles

Migration Planning

  • Target data center confirmation
  • Migration strategy
  • Move groups/waves
  • Migration sequence
  • Schedule
  • Blackout dates

Staging & Preparation of Target

  • Cage/Suite
  • Power & Cabling
  • Connectivity
  • Network
  • Server
  • Storage

Migration Execution

  • Proof of Concept
  • Communications Plan
  • Runbooks
  • VM Migrations
  • Physical migration


  • Decommission hardware
  • Recycle
  • Data destruction/certification
  • Cancel circuits
  • Terminate contracts


Over a 60 day period, The Cavan Group identified a solution that included:

  • Over 500 production servers were migrated successfully, on-schedule and with no impact to the business or end user community.
  • The hardware was returned to the vendor ahead of schedule without any additional costs.
  • The existing data center was successfully decommissioned prior to the lease expiration date.

What our client had to say

"Thank you for your team’s support, we had a very positive review from our internal audit team on the project review.  They called out that the playbooks leveraged for the move were “best in class”.  We definitely saw the value and were better with your assistance. “

Meg Greenhouse, CIO Jarden Consumer Solutions

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