Staying at the cutting-edge of innovation to provide superior service needs the capabilities of a technology enabler. The client was consciously aware of competition from low cost airlines and rapid innovations in the industry. They were on an expansion mode, making significant improvements to their fleet, services, and stations. They wanted to bring in agility and scalability to their business operations and to enable this, they decided to migrate their backend and critical applications to cloud. Looking to lower TCO in IT infrastructure, Eurostar approached NIIT Technologies. We undertook seamless migration of the client’s services by moving the entire backend IT infrastructure and critical applications to the cloud, and delivered more value by doing so in record time.
Eurostar is a high-speed train service provider linking the UK to the European continent. The client transports 10 million passengers a year between London, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Lyon, and Marseilles.
Growing competition in travel industry coupled with rapidly changing socio-political and economic conditions led the client to bring in necessary scalability and agility in business operations while providing exceptional customer services. One of the ways to do this was to make cloud as the cornerstone of Enterprise Architecture and optimize operational costs.
The client had over 50 business-critical applications to be migrated to AWS Cloud and a tight deadline of five months to complete the migration. Failure to complete in this ambitious time frame could have led to increased costs for the client. Speedier migration was to be done ensuring zero disruption to business. Looking for an IT partner with resources and expertise in the Amazon cloud environment, the client approached NIIT Technologies to carry out a smooth migration and deploy the services on AWS.
NIIT Technologies took a series of innovative steps to ensure business continuity and flexibility during the planning phase. A PoC was undertaken to assess the feasibility of moving the backend IT infrastructure to the cloud. This ensured that the overall AWS architecture of providing infrastructure services was fit for purpose.
The key milestones in the project were:
NIIT Technologies, with in-depth knowledge of the client’s infrastructure from previous engagements, deployed teams that had strong expertise in cloud and an ability to use automation. Our knowledge of the client’s business meant we could plan a workaround in business critical periods in advance, ensuring minimal impact on business functions.