Case Study

The Wharton School
The University of Pennsylvania

Wharton is a world-renowned Ivy-League business school and is part of the University of Pennsylvania, located in the heart of Philadelphia, PA. The Wharton school has its own IT Department, separate from UPenn, and supports technologies used for learning, teaching, and research. Wharton has an enrollment of 5000 students and has over 95,000 alumni in 153 countries. It has the number one ranked MBA program in the United States.

Enquizit was engaged to assist in vacating a data center located on campus. Working alongside AWS Professional Services, together we implemented the landing zone in AWS, assessed and made recommendations for security and operations procedures, performed full discovery of workloads on premises, assisted in determining appropriate migration patterns, planned and performed pilot migrations to build the migrations team and also planned and performed all migrations with the rehost pattern. In addition, Enquizit assisted with Replatform and refactor efforts and provided guidance for using SkyMap to track and orchestrate migrations of all patterns.


Case Study Summary

The Wharton School
The University of Pennsylvania
Higher Education,
Public Sector
Prime & Partners:
Core Partners:
(including recently acquired
CloudEndure-DR) &
Enquizit SkyMapTM
Goals & Benefits
  • Gain physical space that can be re- purposed for classrooms.
  • Opportunity to “clean house” and retire servers that are unused or under-utilized.
  • Gain access to many cloud benefits such as improving reliability, gaining scalability, and decreasing operational and capital expenses related to physical hardware.
  • Opportunity to adopt DevOps practices to automate deployment of code and infrastructure.

Business Challenge / Problem Details

Being situated in the middle of a large city, space is at a premium. Wharton IT needs to vacate their on-premise data center by July 2020 to create more classroom space. This means moving 100’s of servers without impacting daily access from students, faculty, staff. These servers host COTS as well as custom software solutions, using a variety of software stacks and technologies. Wharton will still maintain another data center on premise and connect back to UPenn’s data center, and hence will need to operate a hybrid cloud environment.

Output / Our Solution:

  • Identify all workloads existing in the data center.
  • Understand Wharton’s current operations environment and explore approaches to extending operations into AWS cloud.
  • Help Wharton determine the migration pattern for each workload applying the 6 R’s: Rehost, Replatform, Repurchase, Refactor, Retain, and Retire.
  • Perform pilot migrations of 5 applications to prove the AWS environment and train the migration team consisting of Enquizit Engineers coupled with Wharton System Administrators, Application Developers, and Application Owners.
  • Assist in rehost, Replatform, and refactor of workloads into AWS Cloud
  • Provide use of SkyMap to orchestrate migration of all workloads including the machines being retired or physically moved to an alternate data center.


Enquizit performed the application portfolio discovery of all workloads in the data center, groomed Wharton for extending operations into AWS cloud, and planned and orchestrated the migration.