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2011 AWS Tour Australia, customer speaker 3: Think-Seek 2011 AWS Tour Australia, customer speaker 3: Think-Seek Presentation Transcript

  • Customer Presentations
    Andy Donaldson
    IT Director, Seek / Think Education
  • Our Amazon Web Services Story
    Andy Donaldson - IT Director
  • Who am I?
    Andy Donaldson
    IT Director – THINK Education
    • IT career spanning 18 years
    • Presently leading a team of 26
    • Spread across 4 management tiers
    • IT Operations
    • Application Development
    • Program Management
    • Online Services
  • THINK Education Group
    An industry leading private education company
    • With a portfolio of 8 market leading colleges
    A fully owned subsidiary of SEEK Ltd
  • 12 months ago...
    Our web portals were having a number serious issues
    • 50% of our business is online.
    • In a word OUCH!
    • Legacy 3rd party hosting environment
    • Environment severely overloaded
    • The support approach - reboot!
    • Scaling up - buy more hardware
    • Cost – expensive
    • Business losing patience...
  • So what did we do...?
    Clearly things had to change.
    • We knew we needed
    • Absolute stability
    • Ability to scale easily
    • Fast provisioning
    • Ability to run anything our hearts desired!
    • So we reviewed
    • 2 x “Traditional” hosting offerings
    • 2 x Cloud offerings
  • We quickly realised...
    That AWS was different from the other solutions
    • We were able to
    • Build servers in minutes
    • Run whatever we wanted
    • Scale on demand or on trigger
    • Create multiple layers of redundancy
    • And...
    • We were saving money
    • Even the Dev Manager was excited!
    He’s a genius at PHP
  • So where are we now...?
    • Learning portals – migrated 4 months ago
    • Test and dev environments – migrated 4 months ago
    • Marketing sites – going next
    • Other systems – waiting for VPC in Singapore
    Downtime? Haven’t had any so far!
    Performance? A least 3 times faster on HTTP requests
    Cost? Expecting a per annum reduction around 90%!
  • Things to be mindful of...
    There are a lot of options
    • Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you should use it!
    It’s hard to keep up
    • New functionality is coming out all the time
    Network architecture
    • Need good internet pipe(s)
    Get used to the terminology!
  • Thank You
    Andy Donaldson - IT Director