Solution: [EN] Cloud-Infrastruktur Industry: [EN] Education

[EN] Lowering the Operational Costs of Platform due to Migration to the AWS Cloud

50%
Reducing the Cost of System Maintenance
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24/7
Improving Customer Business Security & Continuity
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Future Enabled
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The Challenge

The Learning Partnership (TLP) is a UK-based company that aims to develop the potential and natural talents of children and young people through practical and exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experiences. The company’s social mission is to work with many STEM leaders to develop applications that have a direct impact on student engagement and educational achievement.

TLP carries out its missions and goals through the social networking platform Dendrite.me, designed to support human development from an early age. The free platform enables students, teachers and parents worldwide to participate in world-class education and career development programs in STEM fields. Because of its community character, dendrite.me supports the creation of relationships between students and teachers.

  • The Dendrite platform is of great interest to users. The owner of the platform, The Learning Partnership, wanted to be able to develop the platform at the lowest possible cost without compromising the availability and performance of the application.
  • Unity Group was tasked with analyzing the architecture and configuration of cloud services used by the Dendrite platform.
  • We also explored the possibility of cloud services for reducing operating costs to ensure the sustainable development of the company in the future.

The Solution

  • The first step was a thorough analysis of the architecture, current platform costs and customer needs, as a result of which we proposed the migration of the entire platform to the Amazon Web Services cloud.
  • In our opinion, AWS is the most flexible and mature offer among cloud services, which gives a chance for the best results. 
  • We implemented detailed monitoring, enabling the full control of all key components.
  • We conducted rightsizing, i.e. changing server parameters per current needs. To this end, we exchanged customer instances for machines with better-suited parameters.
  • We implemented a schedule to run virtual environments only during programmers’ working hours and disable them in the remaining time. With this change, the client only pays for the time in which he uses the servers.
  • We launched scheduled backup of the data in the cloud.
  • We covered the project with full administrative support, under which a team of administrators provides a 24/7 SLA service and provides continuous recommendations in the area of performance, stability and cost optimization of the solution.

The Result

50%
Reducing the Cost of System Maintenance
Reducing the monthly cost of maintaining the Dendrite platform by almost 50%
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24/7
Improving Customer Business Security & Continuity
Implementing cloud data backup and 24/7 managed service.
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Platform Optimized
Sustaining high application performance
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Future Enabled
Further develop and invest in the area of educational offerings
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Startup Accelerator
The transition to AWS enabled the client to join the AWS EdStart accelerator
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