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World’s largest airline company migrates 580 sites using just 12 servers thanks to Nomad

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This European airline holding company is the largest airline company in the world in terms of total operating revenues and passenger-kilometers. It used Nomad to carry out a successful Windows 7 migration across 580 global sites.

Challenges

The airline needed to accelerate its migration to WIN7 and wished to achieve this by carrying out the deployment remotely. Its existing systems management tool, Numara, didn’t have the capability to do this and since it was also coming to the end of its support period, the airline decided to review alternative systems management tools. It decided to deploy SCCM 2012 and 1E Nomad to manage its 580 sites around the world.

Solution

Having selected SCCM 2012, and with the help of its partner, the airline chose Nomad from the outset of its migration project. Thanks to this choice, it was able to design its network architecture with a just a dozen distribution point (DP) servers. In fact, without Nomad, the company would have struggled to complete its OS migration – Nomad’s Reverse QoSTM technology for end-to-end bandwidth management was vital in helping migrate sites with bandwidth issues.

Benefits

  • Server consolidation–Combining Nomad and Microsoft SCCM 2012 helped the airline avoid having to upgrade 200 servers and deploy 560 distribution points
  • Total automation–Thanks to Nomad, the company was able to achieve a fully-automated, zero-touch Windows migration
  • Over $3.7 million saved –The airline has already realized savings of $3.7 Million through server reduction and automated OS distribution. It has also been able to avoid paying for Microsoft’s Customer Service Agreement for Windows XP

Nomad has enabled us to process the migration to Windows 7 remotely without interrupting any business traffic. If I compare it to when we migrated all the desktops to Microsoft Office 2010 – the bandwidth issues and the size of the MS Office Package were a huge issue for us at the time – these would have melted away had we had Nomad.
 Workstation Management Team Leader

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