The Company

Harbour City Ferries operates services in the Sydney Ferries network with a fleet of 38 vessels and a staff of over 650 people.

The Ferries have crossed the Harbour for over 140 years, helping locals and visitors navigate the diverse city of Sydney.

The Challenge

Harbour City Ferries needed to improve cost efficiency while delivering robust 24/7 services within their ferry network.

At the time, HCF’s data was locked into a private cloud causing their IT costs to soar with little benefit.

Our Solution

Comans Services designed and built a new data centre and network solution revolving around DataCore virtual SAN technology and using Dell hardware. We also designed and implemented the migration strategy.

We leveraged Telstra CSX cloud solution to allow us to run workloads in the cloud and give the company a staging area for migrations.

Finally, we designed a migration strategy that gave HCF zero downtime and allowed us to live to migrate over a purpose-built migration network.

The Results

The successful completion of this project resulted in HCF saving millions a year, and provided them with the flexibility to move their works loads from on-premise into the cloud and back again.

This project also allowed them to re-organise their cloud contracts as they were no longer locked up in someone’s private cloud.

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