One of the most powerful use cases for AWS over traditional co-location is increased agility, especially when it comes to production apps with unpredictable workloads. Rather than racking up co-location capacity for occasional usage spikes, QL2 Software discovered Amazon AWS and their powerful “pay as you go” IaaS model. It has made all the difference.
QL2 Software is an information age company that provides real-time and historical data and analytics for a variety of industries, including travel, energy and manufacturing. The real time aspects of their business translate into surges in application traffic volume, which drove Operations Director Samir Bhakta into evaluating AWS as a new home for a set of applications and databases spanning about 50 servers.
While AWS was at parity with the direct costs based on provisioning hardware for peak usage, it was cheaper on a TCO basis. Even more importantly, AWS allowed QL2 to focus their IT help on product differentiation by making it easier for the company to spin up capacity and develop new products in response to customer demands.
“AWS allowed us to shift our skill sets from hardware to software and from service delivery to product development,” according to Samir. “We develop products and deploy server capacity faster with AWS, than we did in traditional colocation. We get to focus our efforts on differentiable skills and capabilities that will, in the long term, allow us to grow faster and smarter.”
The 10 year old company was launched in a co-location environment, but had evolved several apps into the public cloud over time as hardware needs evolved. While Samir could save money by operating in the cloud, there was still the cost of getting his Linux apps and infrastructure into AWS. Cloud migration costs and processes can often risk offsetting the AWS operating advantage, especially for larger environments with robust service and security requirements.
Since Samir had already moved some infrastructure onto Amazon AWS, he had a good idea of what to expect from a team of cloud migration vendors, contractors and tools for his custom 50+ server app (with 2 databases) cloud migration project. Based on previous experience and bids, he was looking at a 6 month effort with direct costs under $150k (not including his own time which would have to be spent overseeing the project, contractors, timelines, etc.) Even with existing tools and vendors, it would take months for the AWS payoff to have a net positive business impact.
Then he found CloudVelocity (as it had recently announced the general availability of its One Hybrid Cloud™ software in July 2013). After two exhaustive proof of concept tests, QL2 discovered that it could migrate its environment from colocation to AWS in 1/3 of the time originally expected and at ¼ the budget set aside for older tools and processes. The bonus: he also freed up months of time to work on more product innovations, versus simply managing the cloud migration project.
CloudVelocity Payoff for 50+ Server Migration to AWS
- 75% reduction in cloud migration costs
- 66% reduction in time required
- Enhanced ability to focus team on strategic product development
Thanks Samir for buying CloudVelocity and for taking time from your schedule to talk to me about your business, your IT team and your newly discovered ability to enhance AWS TCO by reducing cloud migration costs.