As soon as notice had been served on the incumbent Data Centre, the Telefónica Tech team needed to work quickly to meet the migration deadline. In less than two months the team had created the design, migrated key workloads to Azure, and deployed Azure Virtual Desktop. “It was great to share our experience with the team at Anthony Nolan; they were amazed at how quickly we could spin up the system using templates in Azure,” added Kristian Harris, Project Manager, Telefónica Tech. While the project was initiated pre-pandemic, it perfectly coincided with the rapid increase in remote working driven by the Covid-19 health crisis.
Previously, if too many employees tried to access everyday apps such as Microsoft Teams remotely, there was often performance issues. But since switching to Azure Virtual Desktop, employees can access apps and systems without issue, including data-heavy interactive visualisation and clinical diagnostics software. This helped the charity carry on their critical work during the pandemic. “Cancer hasn’t taken a break during the pandemic, and neither have we,” notes Attias. As a further nod to efficiency Telefónica Tech built an Autopilot solution. This allowed all new laptops that were issued to employees to be built remotely, reducing the workload for the IT team.