The move to Azure was smooth and stress-free, says Centeno.
“From my point of view, it was very easy. Fusion5 did all the heavy lifting, so to speak, from the architecture end and in setting it all up. The implementation was very smooth and fast – it only took about two weeks and there was no interruption to business at all. We couldn’t have been happier.”
“The decision to move JDE to Azure was the right one,” says Centeno. “We have a faster operating environment, better security, and we know that future JDE upgrades will be easy. I would say certain aspects of performance are probably three to four times better than on our servers.”
Jay Centeno, IT Manager, Ross Cosmetics
After two weeks of preparation, Fusion5 moved JD Edwards from Ross Cosmetics’ physical servers to Azure on a Friday night. Centeno carried out some testing over the weekend, and on Monday morning it was business as usual.
JD Edwards is critical to Ross Cosmetics’ operations, and Centeno holds front line responsibility for its availability. And as Centeno is a one-man IT team, it makes him all the more appreciative of his relationship with Fusion5 and their ongoing support . “If the server or system is down, or no-one can get access, getting it back online is my absolute priority.”
The move to Azure is Centeno’s first direct experience with a cloud environment, and he has noted some significant improvements in performance.
“With Azure, Fusion5’s JDE developers can create a virtual server for testing. Before, they’d have to work in our office on the onsite servers, which added to the cost of making changes.”
By continuously optimising Ross Cosmetics’ Azure resources through analysing current workloads, and moving predictable and persistent workloads to Azure Reserved Instance, Fusion5 has helped drive down the company’s technology costs by a further 30%.