Joval Wine Group’s successful migration to Microsoft Azure Cloud

The Joval Group decided to make a move to a public cloud. They needed to withdraw from their third-party hosted datacentre. They also hosted several workloads on AWS. Joval chose to migrate to Microsoft Azure Cloud and Olikka’s task was to help them do so in the most efficient way possible.


Industry: Food and Beverage
Core Business: Distribution
Location: Melbourne
Employees: 300+

The Client

Established in 1963, Joval Wine Group is a privately-owned Australian family business. They operate a collection of highly successful trading entities that cover the full breadth of the wine industry from grape growing and production through to distribution, logistics and retailing. Headquarters in Abbotsford, Victoria, they have offices located throughout Australia and New Zealand, with alliances in Asia, Europe and North America. With 300+ staff Joval distributes brands such as Shaw and Smith, Louis Roederer and Catalina Sounds.

The Challenge

The Joval Group decided to make a move to a public cloud. They needed to withdraw from their third-party hosted datacentre. They also hosted several workloads on AWS. Joval chose to migrate to Microsoft Azure Cloud and Olikka’s task was to help them do so in the most efficient way possible.

One of the biggest challenges faced was the migration of an IIS and SQL Servers in AWS and on premises datacenter to Azure PaaS Services. Due to database cross connectivity and configuration complications, this posed migration problems.

Joval needed an expert partner that could implement their vision and that would guide the upskilling process of their internal team.

“We were locked in to an inflexible datacentre environment with a high fixed cost and excessive complexity which left our technology team focused on managing physical infrastructure and performance issues rather than business enablement.  With our five-year datacentre agreement coming to an end we knew a move to the cloud could offer us a much better outcome and Azure was a logical choice given our Microsoft centric environment.
Andrew Stoneham
Joval Chief Technology Officer


Olikka’s approach is based on the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for migrations, which includes phases: assess, deploy and release.

For the assess phase, Olikka utilised tools such as Azure Migrate, Azure Site Recovery, Azure App Service Migration Assistant and Azure Database Migration Service.  Following on from this the Azure foundational environment was built to Microsoft best practices ensuring high availability of all workloads and services in Azure, whilst also ensuring Joval's security and governance requirements were met.

For the deploy phase workloads were migrated in nightly batches using Azure Migrate and Azure Database Migration Service. During this phase we decommissioned over 100 servers. As a result, the company saved a significant sum while reducing the number of servers that needed to be migrated to Azure.

Finally, all workloads were tested and released to production, training plans were developed for Joval staff and they are now running and maintaining the Azure environment.

“To avoid the usual pitfalls of a cloud migration I needed a trusted partner that could design a best practice Azure environment for Joval to ensure we were taking full advantage of cloud benefits such as PAAS while embedding appropriate governance around security, DR and cost management.  We also needed support in minimising our transition risk through the development of a comprehensive migration plan.  With these critical foundations in place I wanted to upskill our internal team to deliver many of the workload migrations and the ongoing management of our Azure environment.  Olikka were a flexible and collaborative partner who operated as an extension of our infrastructure team throughout this period. They delivered a high-quality Azure design and migration plan along with the critical knowledge sharing required to ensure we could execute on the remaining migration activities.”

“In addition, when faced with some commercial challenges that would have delayed our Azure migration by months it was the Olikka directors that were able to leverage their executive relationships within Microsoft to clear these roadblocks.  This additional support ensured our project met its deadline to avoid extending our legacy datacentre agreement.”
Andrew Stoneham
Joval Chief Technology Officer  

The Results

Joval was able to migrate from AWS and on-premises datacentre to Azure with minimal fuss.

The partnership with Olikka allowed Joval to realise the long-term benefits of an agile environment and of building capability in-house.

Aside from cost efficiency, the shift enabled Joval to gain better control of their data security. The project also demonstrated a flexible partnership design wherein Joval’s team was upskilled by Olikka, empowering them to do a lift and shift. This approach will help Joval significantly improve IT performance and resilience.

“I couldn’t be happier with the results of our cloud migration which was delivered on time and well under budget.  In partnership with Olikka we have exited our datacentre and successfully migrated 100% of our workloads to Azure delivering a 40% reduction in our infrastructure costs in the process.
Our internal team was upskilled by Olikka to deliver a highly successful migration which has reduced our server count by two thirds while delivering a step change in the performance of our business systems.
Most importantly, the reduction in our infrastructure costs and operational burden has enabled our technology services group to shift its focus from ‘keeping the lights on’ to delivering the digital transformation required to maintain our position as a market leader.   This is where the real value lies, and Azure has given us the agile, resilient and secure environment needed to support this innovation.”
Andrew Stoneham
Joval Chief Technology Officer
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