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AWS Enterprise Summit London | Relaxing on Sunday Mornings with the Sunday Times (again)


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  • 1. Relaxing on Sunday Morning’s with the Sunday Times (again) Chris Birch IT Director, News UK
  • 2. Chris Birch – IT Director •  24 years working in Technology Enterprise –  Started in1990 as Trainee Mainframe Computer Operator on IBM 3090 / 400J •  I wear a suit! •  I love ITIL •  Risk averse •  I’m definitely not cool •  I’m definitely an Enterprise guy
  • 3. Sunday Morning pre AWS •  150,000+ Digital subscribers attempting to login between 08:00 – 10:00hrs •  System limited to 17 TPS •  Access System failed ‘closed’ •  Sunday morning incident bridges required
  • 4. Access Control System •  Built system in AWS with autoscale capability •  Now able to handle unlimited transactions •  Costs less than $4000 per month
  • 5. Our Journey to the Cloud Amazon Web Services now provides over 35% of computing for News UK, supplemented with SaaS offerings like Salesforce and GAAPS •  Today we have around 1200 instances running during the day, at some points this increases by over 500 or so during specific scenarios •  i.e. Launch of Sun + •  110 TB of disk capacity in-use, 2000 Compute units •  450 million transactions a month (ACS) •  Costs around $150K per month, hold on, now it’s $120K per month following the price reductions announced last month
  • 6. Implemented Datacentre 3 in December 2013 •  Resilient Direct connect links installed between our datacentres & AWS •  Using Cloud Formation and Chef Scripting for: –  All Dev, Pre-Production & Production VPC's with corresponding VPN's –  Resilient NAT infrastructure –  RODC capability –  LDAP and DNS capability –  Automated software deployment (Anthill) –  Chef capability using Cloud formation and Chef scripts –  Network Files Share capability using Cloud formation and Chef scripts proved •  Backup capability using Storage Gateway,S3 and Glacier automated through Cloud formation and Chef scripts •  Monitoring capability built using Cloud formation and running Zabbix and MS SCOM
  • 7. The Journey continues….. •  News Corporation Global Application assessment completed – Enterprise applications are our key focus. •  Now building detailed 3 year plan to move approximately 75% of compute to the Cloud •  This will contribute to the consolidation of 46 datacentres worldwide down to 6, then to zero
  • 8. Why it makes financial sense!
  • 9. Thanks for listening!