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How to Save +80% by Migrating to GCP: Optiva's Migration to GCP with Pythian

Keith Millar
Senior VP Services Business at Pythian
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April 9, 2019, San Francisco, United States
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Keith Millar
Senior VP Services Business at Pythian
Jamie Sidey
Chief of Staff at Optiva

Pythian is a trusted partner to organizations with some of the highest-stakes data in the world. Keith Millar takes that trust seriously. As momentum grew for public cloud, he pivoted Pythian to the cloud. Keith has transformed the company into a top Google Cloud Platform services partner. Pythian is the go-to provider for companies that love their data in the cloud. Keith ensures the company’s services go far beyond cloud migration to help organizations radically refactor their applications to be more “Googly”. Today, Pythian’s clients are adopting cloud at twice the industry average. Keith has more than 20 years of industry experience, an engineering degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. Keith ensures the company’s services go far beyond cloud migration to help organizations radically refactor their applications to be more “Googly”. Today, Pythian’s clients are adopting cloud at twice the industry average. Keith has more than 20 years of industry experience, an engineering degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

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In February 2018, Optiva became a Google Cloud Technology Partner. Jamie Sidey has been instrumental in facilitating the partnership with Google Cloud and in Optiva’s transformation. Optiva, which serves more than 100 telcos worldwide,has re-architected its award-winning OSS/BSS solutions as cloud-native applications and migrated them to the public cloud. This offers telcos game-changing competitive advantages, including TCO savings up to 80%, 10x database performance, and 2x faster time-to-value. With over 20 years of industry experience, Jamie has been responsible for driving Optiva’s services, HR, and finance operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Acton School of Business.

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Optiva, a Canada-based company that develops software for communications service providers, already had plans to migrate to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to become more agile and reduce costs. But when it acquired another company, it suddenly found itself in possession of many outdated assets located in data centers all over the world—complicating its goal of quickly and easily moving all of its assets to the cloud. Facing a complex and daunting task, the client turned to Google, and partner Pythian. Jamie and Keith will tell the migration story of 3500 machines in a period of 3-4 months, with little downtime in order to create happy customers and reduce overall costs. The audience will hear about the in depth analysis done in discovery of Optiva’s environment and organizational structure, and how the optimal cloud migration pattern was determined and live migration technology was used to eliminate downtime. They will also hear how cloud-native best practices were applied to tune and enhance the company’s servers and operations systems to ensure optimal performance in GCP.

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