Case Studies

Compelling Case Studies

Read some compelling case studies about how customers have used VirtaMove Migration Intelligence tools to achieve momentum and savings in their Windows Server application modernization projects over the years. See more customer success stories here.

Pabst Brewing Company

Case Studies | Pabst BrewingFor Pabst Brewing Company, moving its datacenter from in-house to the cloud made business and cultural sense. Making it happen in 6 weeks took solid cloud experience, first-rate resources, technology, trust, and teamwork. These great big, mysterious, undocumented, mission critical, legacy applications were a problem. They defied standard virtualization approaches. There were a number of highly customized, almost completely undocumented applications that were going to be a problem unless there was a new approach. There was little to no institutional knowledge or subject matter experts on these apps. Pabst wouldn’t be able to just move the servers to Rackspace. P-V was not an option; neither was spending weeks dissecting highly customized applications.

VirtaMove provided “a huge time savings” on the PBC migration, estimating the savings at 3-4 weeks, or more than 50% of the time the project would have taken without VirtaMove. Beyond the time savings, VirtaMove made the migration much more effective and accurate than a forensic manual rebuild approach would have been.


Case Studies | CIBCCompliance requirements within the Financial Industry and escalating support costs due to Physical and Virtual server sprawl forced CIBC to re-evaluate their current migration practices. All told, their current antiquated technologies were holding up innovation: 5400 Windows 2003, including 1440 IIS 6.0 instances, 837 SQL 2005 instances. They conducted a two-week Proof of Concept and determined that VirtaMove would be a key way forward to solve their problem.

For the next phase, CIBC purchased 200 licenses and targeted “repeatable” Use Cases, including Commercial of the Shelf (COTS), IIS, SQL, and Custom-Developed software, to leverage Runbooks and gain labour efficiencies.

VirtaMove application migrations proved highly efficient, with a 96% success rate. They achieved up to 100X reduction in effort migrating challenging legacy applications with multiple dependencies. “As Is” COTS and Custom Developed saw a reduction of effort of approximately 60 hrs per server, resulting in $6,000 in savings per server migrations for an overall savings of $210,000 across 36 servers.

IIS Servers had a reduction of 4 hours per server, resulting in $400 in savings per server migrations. Across 1440 servers, this resulted in a savings of $600K. DB Servers saw a reduction of 20 effort hours per server for $2000 in savings per server. Across 837 servers, savings of $1.7M were achieved.