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YouGov undergoes Berlin to London datacentre migration

Research organisation YouGov has migrated its core IT infrastructure from a managed service datacentre in Berlin to TeleCity in London, using Veeam’s backup and replication software.

Market research firm YouGov has migrated its core IT infrastructure from a managed service datacentre in Berlin to TeleCity in London, using Veeam’s backup and replication software.

YouGov replicated terabytes of virtual infrastructure in the Berlin managed datacentre directly to the London co-location centre in a few days. The software cost around £14,000 with storage and maintenance costs coming to around 20% of that each year for the company’s backup services.

Nicholas Carter, director of global systems operations at YouGov, said that as the business grew its requirements outstripped the Berlin datacentre. 

“We needed additional capacity and wanted to make network changes. If we needed a new server we had to buy one from [previous datacentre provider] Interoute, which was typically 30% more expensive than in the UK, plus it would charge us additional hosting costs,” he said.

Carter said the company also became increasingly unhappy with the contract and the rates it was paying: “When money is tight why should you do things expensively? The company also saw two datacentre outages in this time.”

Since moving to the new datacentre, YouGov has doubled its storage footprint, said Carter.

“From a monthly hosting fee perspective we’ve not directly saved a lot of money. But if we had to increase capacity to the same as in Berlin, we’d be paying a lot more. It would have cost tens-of-thousands of pounds in fees to host all the additional capacity,” he said.

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