With WANdisco and Microsoft Azure, AMD found a fully geo-redundant hybrid cloud migration solution

By Van Diamandakis
Jun 22, 2020

AMD is a semiconductor company in Santa Clara, Calif., and for 50 years they have driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and data centers.

Their product directly influences hundreds of millions of customers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and scientific research facilities who all rely daily on AMD CPUs, GPUs and other chipsets and technology to improve how they live, work and play.

So when it came time to move their product to the cloud, they knew they had to choose their partner strategically. Their move would require synchronizing petabyte-scale data between existing on-premises data storage and new cloud storage. The issue of business continuity and a lack of geo-redundancy was a central issue: the danger of weather storms or other events taking critical workloads offline and endangering global data operations was a concern.

Like many companies, however, AMD had their attention on their transition to the cloud. How could they move petabytes of data from on-premises storage while maintaining data consistency during migration with no application downtime or data loss?

WANdisco and Microsoft Azure's Data Box offered AMD the ideal solution, and we were happy to facilitate the company’s move to the cloud - synchronizing petabyte-scale data between existing on-premises data storage and new cloud storage.

AMD’s story offers an excellent case study for the power of WANdisco. Leveraging our technology, AMD was able to successfully move their data to the cloud without any downtime or business disruption.

“WANdisco LiveData Platform provides AMD with consistent data in real time across our cloud and on-premises solutions, offering near-zero RPO and enabling hybrid cloud agility to drive the business forward.”  said Ajay Prasad, AMD’s Big Data Leader.

Prasad and his team first installed both WANdisco and Azure Data Box in their on-premises network. This allowed the data in AMD’s HDFS-based data repository to be synchronized between the storage solutions. The Azure Data Box was then shipped back to Microsoft and the data copied into the Azure Data Lake Store.

Finally, on-site in the Microsoft data center, WANdisco compared, coordinated, and validated the consistency of AMD’s data - ensuring full synchronization between the original on-prem storage and the Azure cloud-based dataset.

Today, the company has a fully geo-redundant hybrid cloud solution, with all data kept in sync between on-premises storage and the cloud. WANdisco facilitates real-time continuous replication of all AMD data - creating two constantly updated copies of live data that together ensure the foundation of AMD’s digital business continuity plan.

Now, AMD can run normal processes and analysis on prem, while taking full advantage and enjoying the key benefits of cloud capabilities - elasticity, cost-control, redundancy, and more.

About the author

Van Diamandakis

Van Diamandakis, SVP of Marketing, WANdisco

Van is a proven Silicon Valley technology executive with over 25 years of operational experience that draws upon his track record leading global marketing transformations, driving to meaningful financial events including IPOs and acquisitions. Van has been at the forefront of B2B technology marketing and brings a unique ability to marry creativity, data, technology and leadership skills to rapidly build brand equity and successfully navigate tech companies through inflection points, accelerating revenue growth and valuation.



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