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Case Study January 11, 2019

TMX Finance Migrates to AWS and Establishes Cloud Center of Excellence

Challenge

TMX needed to vacate an on-prem data center and migrate workloads to AWS before hardware contracts expired.

Solution

Time was of the essence as the migration needed to be complete before hardware contracts were renewed. To help them meet the deadline, Unisys called on WSM International, a Connectria company, because of WSM’s industry-leading migration experience and because WSM had recently delivered a Cloud Center of Excellence consulting engagement for TMX on Unisys’ behalf. WSM worked with Unisys and TMX project leads to migrate workloads from more than 140 servers to AWS. “TMX has a very complex network and the project took very detailed planning and orchestration across a number of departments,” said Tina Wisbiski, WSM’s Project Management Lead for Cloud Migrations. “In some cases, the client hadn’t documented what was on each server, so we had to spend time, upfront, finding business owners for the different workloads. In addition, we had to coordinate our efforts with the work that Unisys was doing for the client as well.”

Results

Completed in early December of 2019, the migration took four months from start to finish – and was finished before the hardware contracts expired. AWS VPCs were built from the ground up to comply with PCI DSS and cost-optimized through the use of AWS cloud services such as RDS and EC2. To help the organization manage its cloud infrastructure, WSM also helped TMX create a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCOE). This internal, cross-functional team will be responsible for the ongoing management of the cloud strategy, governance, and adoption.

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