Financial Services Provider Moves Data Center to Mitigate Risk and Improve Disaster Recovery

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Consonus and Altruent Systems Work Together to Relocate Critical Infrastructure

Consonus was able to bring their data center relocation expertise to the team, providing a second set of eyes, as well as specific subject matter experts...

Consonus, in partnership with Altruent Systems, successfully completed a data center relocation for a national financial services provider. Consonus provided IT consulting to complete the time-sensitive move to ensure minimal downtime of critical infrastructure.

“Consonus was able to bring their data center relocation expertise to the team, providing a second set of eyes, as well as specific subject matter experts to fill in gaps of available expertise in support of the move,” said CEO of Altruent Don Clow.

The customer, Square 1 Bank, wanted to move to a more geographically disperse datacenter model for enhanced availability. Altruent Systems was originally engaged to conduct an RFP process to identify the hosting provider most capable of supporting the clients business and financial needs. Following successful negotiation of a new contract, the plan called for the migration of Square 1 Bank’s computing environment in Raleigh, North Carolina to the new data center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Altruent was engaged to manage that process and, in turn, looked to Consonus for specific technical and relocation expertise.

The move was completed in several phases that grouped systems and applications into logical move groups, minimizing data transfer and cross-site traffic while eliminating complex network and application changes during the migration period of approximately six weeks. Each move group contained two or more methods whereby applications were migrated physically, logically, and virtually. Consonus managed the physical migration of the Exchange Mail environment as part of the last move event. “Consonus had the expertise in the storage environment we use for email.” said Keith Bosscawen, IT vice president at Square 1 Bank, “They were able to develop a comprehensive plan for the move execution.”

Other areas where Consonus added value were the provisioning of spare/standby equipment at the new data center that provided redundancy and a level of protection should hardware failures occur during the move. Consonus also physically transported one of the two storage arrays to mitigate risk. “It was a great team effort,” said Bruce Cardos, project manager for the Consonus portion of the project. “Working with Don and Keith was a great experience. They both were very professional, focused on the results, and confident in our ability to do the part we were engaged to perform.”

Subsequent to this engagement, Square 1 Bank has provided Consonus an opportunity to bid on the management of their enterprise email environment. “I’d like to think our performance on the move project had a hand in that decision.” said Cardos.

About Square 1 Bank
Square 1 Bank is a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion. Square 1’s expertise, focus and strong capital base provide solid support for its clients’ needs. The bank offers tailored products and solutions aided by the latest in technological innovations. To serve its relationships, Square 1 has offices coast to coast in Austin, Boston, Boulder, Durham, McLean, New York, San Diego, Santa Monica, Seattle and Silicon Valley. For more information, visit

About Altruent
Altruent Systems International Inc. is a data center services company providing a comprehensive suite of data center construction, design, and consulting services, along with a best of breed product focus as a value added reseller of products for the data center. Altruent uniquely leverages their extensive data center operations experience from multiple successes in the collocation, managed services, and IT hosting marketplace bringing a wealth of knowledge and lessons learned to its clients. To learn more, visit

About Consonus
Consonus is a leading national provider of Data Center Services, IT Consulting and Infrastructure, and Support Services. A subsidiary of Midas Medici Group Holdings, Inc., Consonus offers a comprehensive suite of technology services and support while providing customers with solutions that address data center efficiency, disaster recovery, data protection, and virtualization. Visit Consonus on the Web at


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