Beyondsoft’s Cloud Transformation Case Study
One of the world’s largest auto manufacturers with multiple, high volume consumer web sites and microsites for their various auto brands seeking to move their services into the cloud for agility, elasticity and cost efficiency. With the hyper-competitive auto marketplace moving at the speed of the internet the manufacturer’s business teams felt that the legacy infrastructure was not keeping up with the needs of the business.
The initial challenge was to find the right, end-to-end path to the cloud so that the company didn’t choke on the implementation. They needed to be able to determine the right cloud configuration, prepare their services and data for the migration, implement the migration, re-optimize the services for the cloud and grow, all in a seamless fashion without disrupting operations and customer interactions. The web apps to be migrated are complex, core marketing websites for the automobile manufacturer that have to be highly available and scale with the end-user traffic.
Core requirements included:
- The content of the website be region based with about 29 regions.
- The content for each region be maintained by separate marketing teams that need the ability to manage and publish the content in a secure, timely and storage constraint free manner.
- This solution needs to be a hybrid cloud solution where the applications securely integrate with.
- Cost is one of the primary reasons for the migration, so the applications and the databases must be able to scale out/in as needed.
- Since these are core services, the applications and databases also have to be highly available, and the disaster recovery solutions need to meet the enterprise requirements.
- Because multiple vendors develop different parts of the applications, multiple developers are often involved in the development process. The solution must include a continuous integration and deployment framework, so that the manufacturer can innovate and iterate quickly.
- Security has to be part of every layer.
Over the past five years leading up to the decision to move to a full-scale cloud deployment, Beyondsoft provided managed services for the manufacturer’s huge fleet of about 200 EC2 instances on the AWS Cloud. The EC2 instances supported microsites for multiple business teams within the enterprise. Each one was an independent site managed by the Beyondsoft Managed Services team. The team was able to manage such a large number of independent instances through CloudFormation and Ansible, as well as applying DevOps principles in real-time.
Find & Implement:
The first step was to find the appropriate cloud architecture to support the client’s business. Based on the success of dipping their toes in the AWS Could water, i.e. experiencing first hand, the flexibility, agility, fine grain security controls and cost savings provided by the AWS cloud, along with the Beyondsoft team capabilities, the customer took the next step and engaged Beyondsoft to implement the migration of most of their existing core services, around 100+ workloads, to the cloud. The project started with Beyondsoft’s application portfolio discovery process that helped identify the initial two applications to migrate.
Beyondsoft then created the cloud architecture and provisioned the requisite infrastructure on the cloud, using a combination of AWS and Azure cloud services. The new cloud environment provided the agility and flexibility necessary to support a digital transformation process that enabled the manufacturer’s marketing teams to push content on demand creating highly individualized and highly engaging customer experiences on the manufacturer’s B2C web sites.
Azure Active Directory services were used to manage both single sign-on authentication and content management, adding several layers of security to the applications. Content was also restricted using Amazon S3 buckets, further protecting the customer’s key assets. Beyondsoft also implemented DevOps principles like continuous integration and deployment that improved the quality and speed of delivery for these applications.
Currently, two of the key core end-user web applications are being migrated to AWS, and one of the core authentication services is being migrated to Azure.
Nurture & Engineer:
Once the services are successfully launched in the cloud, the next step is to optimize the services to take advantage of could technologies, as well as implement a scalable migration framework to migrate the remaining core services. The Beyondsoft team has helped the manufacturer migrate their development to DevOps and some of the core principles are already in practice, like: continuous integration and deployment, infrastructures as code, version control via source code management systems, continuous monitoring & logging. Currently, Beyondsoft leads the migration of two public-facing websites to AWS as well as authentication service to Azure. The team has been able to meet and exceed these requirements.
About Beyondsoft Cloud
Beyondsoft provides end-to-end solutions and services for public, private and hybrid cloud platform business models. By supporting some of the largest cloud providers – including Alibaba, Amazon, CenturyLink, Google, Microsoft, Tencent, and VMware – Beyondsoft has proven technologies and methodologies to help customers develop cloud strategies, move to the cloud and prosper on the cloud.