PHASE 1 – Proof of Concept
Once IT Champion was awarded the contract, senior systems engineers conducted a free of charge proof of concept. This included testing Microsoft RDS as a replacement to Citrix, which would make a considerable cost saving for the practice. The proof of concept was a great success and it was determined that the practice could move away from Citrix and use RDS to provide their desktop environment.
PHASE 2 – Network Readiness
To prepare the network for Microsoft Azure, IT Champion engineers implemented cloud-managed Meraki firewalls at each site for resilience and security. Additionally, connectivity was configured to the Exeter office for content filtering.
PHASE 3 – Azure Provisioning
Once the network was ready a Microsoft Azure server infrastructure was provisioned, including a legacy server for their critical 3rd party line of business applications. Working closely with 3rd party software vendors the server infrastructure was deployed and configured alongside a number of Microsoft Azure servers running Microsoft software.
PHASE 4 – End User Testing
With the Microsoft Azure server infrastructure in place, IT Champion engineers and the IT Team at Simpkins Edwards conducted a thorough end-user testing phase that focused on providing a standard desktop experience to all users. This included the installation and successful testing of Office 365 and a range of 3rd party software applications.
PHASE 5 – Out of Hours Migration and Go Live
All the elements of the new Microsoft Azure-based infrastructure were now in place. IT Champion engineers planned the out of hours migration of all services to minimise the disruption to the practice. During this phase, IT Champion provided intensive onsite support for the rollout, which included server tuning and optimisation, the configuration of printing and scanning solutions and 3rd party application support. A script was also created to shut down the Azure servers overnight, which greatly reduces the per-minute billing from Microsoft.
PHASE 6 – Training and Hand Over
Following the successful migration phase, IT Champion engineers conducted a knowledge transfer and handover with the internal IT Team at the practice.
PHASE 7 – Managed IT Services and Support
With the entire project completed in a few months, IT Champion now provide the IT Team at Simpkins Edwards with 3rd line Azure infrastructure support, project support and consultancy and 3rd line cover.