AWS Automation Success
How a cloud migration project leveraged DevOps to improve business agility
As Pinshape, a marketplace for 3-D printing designs, prepared for a major marketing effort, they realized their current server provider was not able to scale to the levels needed and decided to make a rapid migration to Amazon Web Services.
With just two weeks to complete the project, the company needed to migrate critical infrastructure to AWS. In addition to the short time frame, Pinshape was struggling to find a resource with the right skill set.
DevOps for startups
With little room for error, Pinshape needed an AWS consulting partner with deep knowledge of DevOps consulting methodologies and tools, and who could work quickly to meet their timeline.
Pinshape co-founder and CTO Andre Yanes explains that one of their biggest challenges in growing the business to date has included finding quality software developers in a competitive market place.
As a small business that just recently participated in the 500 Startups program, the company hasn’t been ready to take on staff with deep domain knowledge in areas such as deployment and DevOps or CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous deployment), although this will soon be a priority.
“The right team can be a major factor in whether a company succeeds or not, and hiring has been a bit of problem,” said Mr. Yanes. “It has been great to find help from outsourced experts providing DevOps for startups while we look to onboard skilled candidates as resources and growth allows.”
Balancing operations and development investment
Another common challenge for startups is determining their startup marketing strategy, identifying the right channels by which to reach the right customer segments. Yanes says once Pinshape has accomplished that milestone, their next big challenge will be maintaining a balance between development and infrastructure investment.
After connecting with AWS consulting partner Flux7, Pinshape rapidly determined the company’s cloud migration services were the right fit. Flux7’s AWS architecture experts and certified consultants, plus experience with DevOps approaches and Docker consulting, were a strong indicator the project would be a success.
After a quick IT assessment, Pinshape and Flux7 determined the key components needed to meet Pinshape’s requirements were
- Push-Button Deployment with AWS Autoscaling
- Developer Environment for Local Development
- Continuous Deployment of Code
“Having the right infrastructure in place takes away our concerns about providing a scalable, stable environment that lets us deliver the optimal customer experience,” said Mr. Yanes. “By working with Flux7 to remove this worry, we can better focus on our other business challenges, including trying to market our application.”
Flux7 is a team of DevOps consultants and cloud migration experts helping businesses realize and optimize the benefits of technology by using DevOps processes and full stack experience. Our agile team delivers specialist development skills, architecture and operations knowledge to accelerate an IT team’s progress toward achieving business agility using best practices in continuous delivery and continuous integration. www.flux7.com