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Department for Education for England Successfully Migrates Critical Business Applications to the Cloud

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Nimbus Digital & Technology Innovations (Nimbus), a UK based provider of cloud migration and transformation services, announced today that it has successfully migrated a number of the Department for Education’s for England (DfE’s) critical business applications to the cloud using RiverMeadow Cloud Migration Software. RiverMeadow Software® Inc., leads the market with its powerful Cloud Migration Services and fully integrated end-to-end modular platform.

The Department for Education is responsible for Children’s Services and Education in England. As a major UK Government department, it tasked itself with embracing the UK Government mandate of ‘Cloud First’. The department has undergone significant transformation over the last few years and is currently in the process of reducing its physical technology footprint, located within its on-premise datacenter facilities. This initiative will enable the DfE to reduce its ongoing operational costs and also mitigate its risks of running critical business applications on ageing hardware and software.

Nimbus were selected by the DfE to manage the migration of a number of critical business applications to the Microsoft Azure platform. In order to minimise disruption to the business whilst at the same time migrating key applications at pace, Nimbus selected RiverMeadow’s cloud migration technologies to enable low cost, low-risk cloud migrations.

Using RiverMeadow’s platform, Nimbus were able to overcome many of the challenges often encountered when migrating services to the cloud, to enable the rapid migration and transformation of these complex legacy systems to Microsoft’s Azure Platform. This enabled the DfE to move away from their existing on-premise data centers to the cloud with minimal impact to their business, in line with their business cycle.

A particular advantage of RiverMeadow’s Cloud Migration Platform is its Preflight Checking feature.“The ability of RiverMeadow’s PreFlight capability enabled us to predict ahead of time the likely outcome of a migration. This not only helped to significantly speed up the entire process, it also helped guarantee a successful result.” James Duncan, Cloud Solutions Architect at Nimbus.

“Selecting RiverMeadow was an easy choice for us, given its powerful cloud agnostic capabilities. This has enabled our teams at Nimbus to migrate complex legacy workloads and environments to the cloud with minimal impact to our customers. Given our previous understanding of the complexities involved in migrating the DfE’s critical applications, RiverMeadow’s Cloud Migration Platform was invaluable in enabling Nimbus to deliver this critical program of works on time, within budget with a high degree of customer satisfaction. We look forward to working with RiverMeadow on future migration projects as this is a tool of choice for complex migration projects.” Alan Hazell, CEO of Nimbus.

“We are extremely proud to have supported Nimbus to migrate the Department for Education’s critical business applications, overcoming previous failed attempts and achieving the necessary results using RiverMeadow’s technologies.It’s a testament to the power and flexibility of RiverMeadow’s Cloud Migration Platform that Nimbus were able to embrace the complexity of the task and guarantee a successful migration with minimal downtime and service degradation during and after cut-over. RiverMeadow’s Pre-Flight checks provided that window of opportunity and allowed the critical applications to be moved with minimal impact to the business.” Jim Jordan, CEO of RiverMeadow.