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BP : Server Migration and Virtualisation


In early 2009, as a result of an on-going Global DR strategy within BP, was commissioned to provide a team of specialists to manage and deliver an extremely large server migration programme; which became known as the BP Tulsa Exit Programme.


Over the course of 3 years, this programme required the migration of over 800 applications, (including 34 Group Critical applications), from Tulsa to key new Datacentres in Houston, Chicago and London provided a Managed Service to provide design, planning, proof of concept and execution of the delivery stages of the programme with key responsibilities in project and programme management, vendor management and technical leadership.

The migration process they defined and developed was a logical process, with no actual physical moves taking place.

A large proportion of the applications and databases were moved to a virtualised environment (VMware, Solaris Containers, Shared SQL and Shared Oracle). assembled a team of highly skilled project managers and infrastructure specialists utilising multidisciplinary expertise in Wintel, UNIX, VMware, Citrix, App-V, SAN, NAS and SQL/Oracle technologies.

A multi-layered / multi-stream approach was taken in order to deliver the project within the required boundaries; with overall programme/project governance overseeing the entire programme.


The programme officially completed in Q3 of 2011 and was declared a complete success; with the project delivered ahead of schedule and under budget and with no HSSE incidents.

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