Consonus and Hi-Tech Transportation Facilitate "Drama-Free" Data Center Relocation for ESL Federal Credit Union

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Data Center Relocation team moves 200 servers and other data center devices to new headquarters in under 12 hours, beating goal for resumption of normal operations

Consonus today announced that together with its data center relocation partner Hi-Tech Transportation and ESL Federal Credit Union's internal project management and IT teams, the company beat ESL's deadline for the relocation of more than 200 servers and other data center devices.

The move, scheduled for the February holiday weekend, was completed in less than 12 hours - beginning at the close of business on 2:00 p.m. Saturday - returning one of the country's largest credit unions to full operational status by Sunday afternoon.

Recognizing their need for data center relocation expertise, ESL selected Hi-Tech Transportation and Consonus to assist ESL staff in the detailed planning and execution of the move. An expert Consonus Project Manager led the intensive eight-month planning process employing Consonus' proven four-phase process: (1) Requirements Gathering; (2) Design Planning; (3) Implementation Planning, and (4) Execution.

"From my initial conversation with Consonus and Hi-Tech Transportation, I was aware that this team really knows its business," said Ray Kaforey, Network Services Manager for ESL Federal Credit Union. "After investigating other providers, I became convinced that Consonus and Hi-Tech Transportation were the best data center relocation partners for ESL. Their experience in planning, documenting, and executing a data center relocation was vital to the great success we achieved in moving over 200 servers, SANs, and other devices in a single night with no unplanned impact to our members. The working relationship developed between ESL, Consonus, and Hi-Tech Transportation was simply outstanding."

In addition to counsel on rack and infrastructure layout, the project featured a risk management component which utilized ESL's existing disaster recovery facility to support 24x7 core business operations during the actual move. Because the new headquarters had been integrated into the overall network infrastructure prior to the move, all network capabilities were fully tested in advance. All non-critical equipment and cabling were pre-positioned to reduce downtime.

The success of this data center relocation validates the distinguished project management and transportation services provided by Consonus and Hi-Tech Transportation as well as ESL's commitment to IT excellence and service of their members.

The client's management team was actively engaged in this project from start to finish which was how the appropriate resources were able to perform as well as they did. Finally, this client selected Hi-Tech as their logistics provider. Hi-Tech was able to take their requirements and convert them into a customized Logistics Plan designed to meet their deadlines. Project Management, Planning, Logistics, Resourcing and Leadership - the path to a successful Data Center Relocation.

"The support that Hi-Tech Transportation and Consonus provided to our internal ESL IT team was outstanding," lauded Mike Armbruster, CIO of ESL Credit Union. "Being able to successfully move a data center with no drama is what you always want but rarely achieve. This team achieved it!"

Read the Case Study about this Data Center Relocation, and - for even more detailed information about Consonus Data Center Relocation - read the Consonus White Paper "Keys to a Successful Data Center Relocation."

About Consonus Technologies
Consonus Technologies, Inc. is a leading national provider of Data Center hosting and colocation, Managed IT Services, IT Infrastructure, and IT Consulting solutions based in Cary, NC. Offering a comprehensive suite of IT services, combined with highly-secure, reliable, and energy-efficient data centers across the country, Consonus provides customers with complete cloud computing solutions addressing disaster recovery, data protection, and virtualization. Consonus is an active, long-time member of The MSPAlliance, the world's largest Professional Association and Accrediting Body for the Managed Services Industry. Visit Consonus Technologies on the Web at

About Hi-Tech Transportation
Hi-Tech Transportation provides the comprehensive planning, technical skills and best-practices required to achieve a successful, incident-free data center move. Offering the highest level of service and protection in the industry, including a private fleet of company-owned trucks to transport a customer's most mission-critical information, Hi-Tech assures complete customer satisfaction. To discover how Hi-Tech can make your data center relocation a success, visit Hi-Tech Transportation on the Web at

About ESL Federal Credit Union
Founded by George Eastman in 1920, ESL Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with $3.9 billion in assets. ESL employs nearly 600 people locally and has more than 298,000 members world-wide. Access to the credit union includes 19 branch locations and more than 40 ATM locations, a Tele-Banking Center, and Internet and online banking channels. Effective March 22, the company will be headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street, in Rochester, NY, and can be found on the Internet at

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