Headquartered in Houston, Cobalt is a global oil exploration company with an oil portfolio in the deepwater regions of the Gulf of Mexico and offshore West Africa. As it continued to prioritize focus on strategic initiatives and growth opportunities, the client wanted to remove administrative oversight and costs associated with hosting its IT infrastructure internally, as well as increase a cloud-centric approach to its core infrastructure.
With a corporate vision "to get out of the server business," the company wanted to leverage the innovation, flexibility and agility of a cloud solution. Cobalt needed a strategic partner with cloud expertise and enterprise deployments to recommend the right solution while minimizing implementation time and risks. Other challenges included:
After meeting with key decision makers, Sparkhound created a Cloud Roadmap that would migrate the client’s SharePoint, email and servers into Azure and enable Cobalt to maintain its lean IT shop.
All server hardware administration was outsourced to Microsoft, enabling IT staff to focus on strategic initiatives. SharePoint in Azure provided better connectivity to remote offices and redundancy across the Azure data centers; while O365 significantly reduced email downtime and costs. Extending corporate infrastructure into Azure allowed for Cloud solutions to provide business continuity in the event that the corporate data center is lost.