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ICF Delivers an Elastic Hybrid Cloud with Azure and Turbonomic to Keep Pace with the Business

25%

Increase in team productivity by having software make resourcing decisions for them.

20%

Reduction in Azure cloud spend by scheduling rightsizing automation with Turbonomic.

24x7

Performance assurance with software continuously making resource decisions.

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Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, ICF is a global consulting organization that provides strategic planning, data analytics, cyber security, technology, and other services for customers mainly focused in the public sector.

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Manual Processes Cannot Deliver Dynamic Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

To keep pace with the demands of the business, ICF envisioned a truly elastic hybrid infrastructure, in the data center and Microsoft Azure. The team needed to deliver a dynamic development infrastructure, where developers can spin up the resources that they need.

As the ICF team began on their hybrid cloud journey, Tommy Burgess, Manager of Technical Services, realized that he was spending far too much time and effort manually balancing, optimizing, and resizing Hyber-V VMs across their two data centers and their Azure environment, just to try to keep applications performing. ICF quickly realized they needed a way to automate these processes, assure performance, and maintain policy compliance.

With Turbonomic making resourcing decisions Burgess and his team regained over 25% of their time, which they now devote to higher-impact projects.

ICF Increases Team Productivity by 25% While Reducing Azure Costs by 20%

Starting out as an experiment on one cluster, Turbonomic now operates across the entire environment. The impact has been substantial: Burgess and his team now automatically deliver the application performance and policy compliance the business needs while simultaneously regaining over 25% of their time, which they now devote to strategic and tactical projects.

One such project reduced costs in their Azure environment. To address significantly overprovisioned developer workloads, ICF turned on scheduled automation of Turbonomic resizing recommendations in their 24 (and growing) Azure subscriptions. Turbonomic continuous optimization had an immediate impact, quickly decreasing ICF’s Azure costs by over 20% per month, while simultaneously maintaining the performance and compliance of their cloud applications.

"If you manage a Hyper-V environment or run workloads in Azure, you should not hesitate to implement Turbonomic automation. Turbonomic has given me my time back while simultaneously keeping my applications running smoothly."

Tommy Burgess
Technical Manager, Cloud Services
ICF

"Going forward, we expect Turbonomic to play a critical role in our dynamic developer infrastructure," says Burgess. "We would not be able to deliver a genuinely elastic environment without it.“

ICF's Hybrid Cloud Future is Dynamic, Elastic, and Bright with Turbonomic

"Going forward, we expect Turbonomic to play a critical role in our dynamic developer infrastructure," says Burgess. "We would not be able to deliver a genuinely elastic environment without it.“ In the upcoming year, the ICF team will implement Windows Azure Pack in the data center and will continue to expand their Microsoft Azure footprint to support the business and provide the best services possible to their end-users.

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