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AxFina's Rapid and Compliant Migration to Azure

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 AxFina's Rapid and Compliant Migration to Azure - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Security Compliance
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Computing
Applicable Industries
  • Cement
  • Construction & Infrastructure
Applicable Functions
  • Quality Assurance
Use Cases
  • Construction Management
  • Infrastructure Inspection
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
AxFina Holding S.A, an asset and loan servicer focused on Central and Eastern Europe, faced a significant challenge when it acquired Hungarian leasing company Lombard Lízing Zrt. The infrastructure of Lombard had reached the end of its life cycle and needed to be replaced within a few weeks. AxFina, with its ambition to innovate and scale, was also under pressure to meet regulatory requirements. The company had been hosting its IT infrastructure in Hungary with in-house datacenters, but this legacy system was nearing the end of support. AxFina needed an alternative solution that would not only significantly reduce costs but also support its growth across jurisdictions and product innovation. The company was looking at a potential expenditure of about 1.5 million Euros just in Hungary to replace the infrastructure.
The Customer
About The Customer
AxFina Holding S.A is an asset and loan servicer that focuses on Central and Eastern Europe. The company recently acquired Lombard Lízing Zrt., a Hungarian leasing company. AxFina has a strong desire to innovate and scale, and it has been hosting its IT infrastructure in Hungary with in-house datacenters. However, the company was facing the challenge of a legacy system that was nearing the end of support and needed to find an alternative solution that would not only reduce costs but also support its growth across jurisdictions and product innovation.
The Solution
AxFina turned to Hungarian IT company DIGITAL Kft. to help them migrate all of its IT applications to the cloud. DIGITAL Kft. partnered with Kvazar.cloud, one of the largest Microsoft cloud hosting indirect partners in Hungary, for systems integration. Microsoft Azure was chosen as the ideal solution to ensure AxFina maintained security, regulatory compliance, and speed. Azure offered many benefits, including cost reduction, scalability, and compliance with regulatory requirements and security standards. It also had the reach and scale to support expansion thanks to its worldwide operations. DIGITAL Kft. and Kvazar.cloud worked closely with local Microsoft cloud architects to migrate AxFina Hungary’s entire on-premises environment to Azure, following the best practices described in the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework. In addition to lifting and shifting all assets to Azure, DIGITAL Kft. also implemented Azure Virtual Desktop for 50 users and performed an Exchange 2010 to Exchange Online migration.
Operational Impact
  • The transition to Microsoft Azure provided AxFina with flexibility in infrastructure and pricing, easily scalable infrastructure, and compliance with all EU financial regulations. The company was able to meet the strict deadline for the migration, thanks to the experienced engineering team at DIGITAL Kft. The cooperation with Microsoft Hungary was pivotal in helping AxFina meet their needs. The team continues to provide ongoing support and cooperation with Microsoft and Azure experts, sharing best practices to maintain customer satisfaction. The trust between DIGITAL Kft. and Kvazar.cloud was instrumental in safeguarding AxFina’s budget and formulating the Microsoft request without the need for a strategy and planning workshop.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Averted a potential expenditure of about 1.5 million Euros for infrastructure replacement in Hungary.
  • Expected to release at least 60 to 70% of the recurring infrastructure-related costs enabled by Azure´s pay-as-you-go subscription model.
  • Successfully migrated AxFina Hungary’s entire on-premises environment to Azure.

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