Decathlon partners with Datadobi to migrate cloud data to the finish line

Tony Devert, IS Engineer, Decathlon, explains why one of the world’s leading sports equipment companies decided to migrate their data to the cloud, and gives an overview of how Datadobi’s DobiMigrate solution has helped him to significantly speed up its migration process.

In 1976, Michel Leclercq and a small team of sportsmen embarked on an adventure: bringing together quality and affordable sports equipment and equipment under one roof. Their objective? To make sport more accessible to everyone. From its first store in Lille, France, Decathlon has grown into a global leader and innovator in sports equipment, launching its first products originally designed in 1986. Driven by innovation and passion for sport, Decathlon has won over sports enthusiasts the world over. Today, Decathlon has 93,000 employees and more than 1,600 stores in more than 69 countries.

Its products are the result of passion, extensive testing and the relentless pursuit of affordability, while ensuring sustainable practices that protect the environment we love. Decathlon knows that sport is better when it is shared. These are fundamental principles applied not only to its products, but also to the data and IT infrastructure that forms the backbone of all of its business operations.

The challenge

To support the company’s tremendous growth and success, Decathlon made the decision to completely exit its on-premises data centers and migrate to a number of the major cloud providers (Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba Cloud, Yandex and others). One of the final steps would be one of the most critical on its journey to a successful digital transformation – migrating all of its unstructured archive data on-premises, ranging from products and inventory to customer data.

“We knew that a migration of this magnitude could be very complicated, especially when it comes to moving archival data,” said Tony Devert, IT engineer, Decathlon. “We had over six years of data archives to migrate to the cloud. Each application has its own particularity and should have done its own migration. In other words, the project would have been cut into small pieces individually by application. Additionally, we had the added complication that the archives included legal data associated with required retention periods. We therefore had to put in place additional controls and security measures that would provide proof of the correct migration of content.

“We then explored two solutions. The first was an internally developed data migration tool. The second was in-app migration, which was already being used for other purposes by some of our internal users. We tried them both on small datasets and found the transfers to be slow – far too slow for such a massive migration that would meet our migration schedule goals.

The solution

After extensive research and a successful POC, Decathlon chose to deploy DobiMigrate because it felt it was the ideal solution to meet its complex and demanding requirements. This included maintaining data integrity, in addition to providing a chain of control via its hash of each file as it was migrated. With DobiMigrate, a file would only be declared successfully migrated if the source and target matched the same. A report could then be created to show each hash of each file, which could be kept for future audit.

“With DobiMigrate, we were able to speed up our migration significantly and complete it well on schedule,” said Devert. “And, with its chain-of-custody capabilities, we don’t have to verify and recheck that our data has moved to the destination. With DobiMigrate, if we are audited in two years, five years or 10 years, we can be sure that our data is there and that it is correct.

Asked about return on investment (RoI), Devert said, “The first benefit of ROI was that we went from 15 people to just one managing the migration. The next major ROI benefit was that we had a deadline to shut down our data center, but we couldn’t do it until our data was safely moved to our new cloud environment. Without DobiMigrate, our project would have been significantly delayed by several months. Keeping this data center open for an extended period of time would have been very costly from a financial and operational standpoint. We estimate that from this point of view, we have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“And perhaps more importantly, now that we’re in our new cloud environment, we can benefit from the speed, agility and elasticity of on-demand solutions that we can intelligently tailor to our business requirements,” which has a positive impact on our results.

“In addition to the fact that DobiMigrate exceeded our expectations, I was delighted with the superior level of responsiveness I received from the entire Datadobi team. Even when I had a question or concern during the migration that had nothing to do with their product, their experts were able to answer my questions and help me find a solution, saving me money. enormous amount of time and effort.

With its IT infrastructure now fully deployed on public clouds, Decathlon’s training, recruitment and partnership with visionaries and technology experts have become a key strategic priority. Its aim is to continue to leverage the latest and most innovative technologies in areas such as serverless applications, automation and continuous integration and delivery (CI / CD) such as Terraform, Git, Kubernetes. , etc.

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Sean N. Ayres