Central States Health & Welfare and Pension Funds are among the largest nonprofit multi-employer trust funds in the country, administrating health and pension benefits to over 80,000 union members and participants with $18B in assets. The organization wants to expand, growing business by adding new services and increasing its base of members.
ChallengeCentral States was preparing for a period of dramatic membership growth that would require substantial additions to the organization’s capacity of people and technology. An immediate need was to reduce the footprint of the data center in its headquarters by 85%. The organization’s application portfolio was complex and had many connections to third-party providers and payers, which indicated the need for a solution where robust telecom infrastructure could be achieved.
Advantage worked with CSF to factor into the solution matters of virtualization, data replication, application dependencies, and the transition plan for an operation that did not have spare capacity.
SolutionAdvantage collaborated with CSF’s technology leadership and agreed that a self-managed co-location facility would be the best choice for the organization’s needs. Several configurations were considered to accommodate production and continuity of business. Alternatives evaluated included active/active, active/standby, production/Dev-Test-QA, etc. Other considerations included consolidating the operations with one provider or utilizing more than one.
ResultsCSF recognized benefits in speed, agility, financials, and risk.
Faster time to market – the co-lo environment was up and running in 90 days
Scalability – production and disaster recovery sites can scale up and down based upon demand, fostering flexibility and efficiency
Capital efficiency – was able to reclaim the needed space for staff expansion without leasing new facilities
Mitigated operational risk – by establishing operations in a hardened facility with redundant power and without the risks experienced in the headquarters building