University Transitions to MFaaS Solution Achieving Cost Efficiencies and Stability

This highly acclaimed University wanted to protect and provide short-term mainframe resiliency while its re-platforming activities continued for 3-5 more years. The applications running on the mainframe continue to be critical to the University’s success in serving their students, their faculty and their administration.

Their decision was to make outsourcing the first step of this 3-year mainframe transition project.  An RFP was issued, and a strong emphasis was placed on the depth and breadth of the support organization’s experience, the leadership team and organizational stability, references specific to supporting other educational institutions, and having an ability to execute a seamless plan for transition, migration, ongoing support, until they were ready to transition off the mainframe platform. 

This University selected Blue Hill’s Mainframe-as-a-Service (MFaaS) solution, while the re-platforming activity continues.

“Blue Hill’s response to our RFP was the best because it was the closest to what we wanted. The other responses were not good fits – Blue Hill was the best fit.”

Since stabilizing costs was a key factor in their decision-making process, Blue Hill’s MFaaS solution provided the following results:

Reduced current operating expenses
Avoided future capital expenditures for new IBM mainframe hardware and its peripheral equipment
Provided a flexible pricing structure
Replaced more costly third-party support currently received from other entities

“Blue Hill has been able to save us money, and we were able to avoid the capital outlay for new equipment.”

Upgrading to newer technology was also a determining factor. The University appreciated being able to utilize a more robust Virtual Tape system, which included encryption, storage consolidation, faster data restore processes, and increased performance of both backup and recovery operations.

There was also the need to improve their Disaster Recovery capabilities. Blue Hill’s dedicated Disaster Recovery solution guarantees availability in the event of a declared event, provides unlimited test time, and has the flexibility of scheduling/rescheduling tests and associated coordination efforts.

“Our cutover was fine. All of the right IT people were involved from the beginning. It was fairly straightforward, very controlled, everything was backed up and tested according to plan. We started on time and everything was up and running by 4pm Saturday afternoon. In fact, I went out to a very pleasant dinner with my wife on Saturday night, with no interruptions.”

Outsourcing their mainframe requirements to Blue Hill Data Services enabled this University to:

Have a seamless transition and ongoing support while they focus on modernization efforts
Receive a cost-effective solution with flexible pricing options, reducing monthly charges as utilization decreases
Eliminate the Capital Expenditure of future mainframe hardware costs, and also on the associated peripheral equipment,
Utilize a predictable pricing model, one that is cost effective, where there is no “nickeling-and-diming”, to assure the University would stay on budget while receiving predictable support services
Upgrade to newer technology to improve performance

“Our goal was to run in a robust environment that is physically reliable, secure, and compliant to modern auditing standards for data centers… no one, including the business units, knows the difference right now of where we are running. All is running very good.”

Blue Hill provides IBM Mainframe hosting and 24/365 managed services for this University’s  Information Technology Services Department including all hardware and hardware maintenance, IBM software and certain ISV/Third Party software, Technical support for IBM and ISV/Third Party Software, Service Desk with ticket integration, VPN connectivity and Network support, and dedicated Account Management. Blue Hill also provides a dedicated Disaster Recovery solution and support from our backup DR facility.


Blue Hill Data Services: Cost-Effective, Secure, On-Shore Data Center Hosting Solutions

Blue Hill Data Services helps customers reduce their operating costs and minimize risk by providing fully managed data center hosting solutions, and a full array of complementary IT support services. Our highly skilled and experienced staff, world-class On-Shore facilities, and reliable 24/365 services have supported customers worldwide and from all industries since 1994. We specialize in Mainframe, Open Systems, and AS/400 iSeries managed hosting services; Applications Services; Colocation Services; Dedicated Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Solutions. Our deep technical skills and long-standing experience enable us to support our customers’ legacy environments as well as implement new technology solutions. Our differentiation is providing customized solutions, flexibility with contracts and SLAs, and personalized attention and services.

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