Transitional Data Services and InterGen Complete Data Center Relocation Project

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TDS Plans and Executes Multi-Phase “Hybrid” Relocation to an Off-Site Location

Transitional Data Services (TDS), the best-in-class provider of independent services for IT, including data center design, relocation, operational support, and Enterprise Open Source deployment, today announced that it has successfully completed a multi-phased data center relocation project for InterGen. This relocation effort concluded a six month long engagement between TDS and InterGen during which TDS provided assistance with data center site selection, application hosting platform selection, move strategy and planning, and application benchmarking. Additionally, TDS was responsible for the final execution of the move events.

InterGen recently made the decision to relocate the majority of its internal computing environment to an off-site location, and requested assistance in developing a “hybrid” data center approach. Ultimately, InterGen may want to move some applications into a cloud computing environment, but InterGen required assistance deciding which applications might move and with which providers to partner. For this exercise, TDS utilized its newly developed Cost2Compute™ tool to compare the costs of various computing platforms. The tool was created to accurately contrast all the costs associated with running an application in “the cloud” versus co-location facilities and in-house data centers. TDS then consulted with InterGen to consider a variety of other key criteria before choosing the optimal environment.

Craig Macfarlane, TDS Co-Founder, and architect of Cost2Compute, explained, “Obviously, ‘the cloud’ is at the forefront of most IT executives thinking today, but choosing the optimal computing environment for an application is a complex process. Cost2Compute helps sift through all the providers’ marketing material and internal politics and then assigns a real dollar value associated with the ‘cost to compute’ in various data center environments. Once the value is identified, other criteria critical to the decision making process can be weighed and companies can make educated, well researched decisions about their computing strategy instead of relying on industry trends or proposed savings.”

As part of the overall relocation project, TDS assisted InterGen with site selection for the new data center. Based on its time-proven site selection methodology, TDS worked with InterGen to create a detailed, requirements driven, RFP which was sent to potential data center providers. TDS then assisted InterGen with the analysis and scoring of the RFP responses, helping InterGen match data center capabilities to their requirements while avoiding the hidden costs buried in the proposals, leading to the selection of the best facility. TDS regularly assists customers across North America and Europe with data center site selection engagements of all sizes and scope.

TDS also helped InterGen with the development of strategy and planning for the data migration and physical move events. Key applications were benchmarked, using industry leading tools, to confirm each application’s ability to be successfully relocated to its new environment. Where necessary, remediation steps were identified and TDS’s project management team developed the run-books and managed the test-move and move/migration events.

Craig Shrimpton, InterGen’s IT Infrastructure Manager, said, “The holistic nature in which TDS approaches its data center relocation projects was the key reason we chose TDS. They’re the experts when it comes to data centers and their custom-built tools like Transition Manager and Cost2Compute demonstrate how well they understand these projects and how to avoid costly mistakes. TDS exceeded our expectations.”

About TDS

Transitional Data Services is a consulting and IT services company which has provisioned, transitioned and managed over 1 million square feet of IT space for companies including Kayak.com, The University of Texas, Boston Red Sox, Liberty Mutual, Cedars-Sinai, Devon Energy and many other companies of all sizes.

TDS works closely with clients through full deployment cycles – from design, implementation and ongoing operations. This experience brings a holistic, real world perspective when evaluating and transitioning to hybrid enterprise computing. With experience spanning all facets of enterprise computing including facilities, virtualization, cloud, SaaS, business applications and 24/7 operations, TDS provides unique perspective and insight for supporting migrations to these mixed environments. For more information visit: http://www.transitionaldata.com.

About InterGen

InterGen is a global power generation firm with twelve power plants representing a total generation capacity of 8,146 MW (6,312 net equity MW). InterGen’s plants are located in the UK, the Netherlands, Mexico, the Philippines and Australia and is jointly owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and China Huaneng Group.

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