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Catalyst IT is one of Australia's largest open source software houses. We are all about using the awesome array of tools at our disposal from the FOSS (Free and Open Source) spectrum.
In Nov 2012, Catalyst was engaged by a major Australian university to help them pioneer an Australian MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) application - Open2Study.com
From the outset, the application was to be hosted on AWS (Amazon Web Services). Catalyst had experience with applications on AWS but the scale and business requirements of Open2Study meant there was a lot for us to learn and master throughout the build and deployment.
The application is a customised extension of Drupal, Moodle and simpleSAMLphp.
Moodle is an open source LMS (Learning Management System)
Coming from a background of deployment onto both physical and virtual hardware, Catalyst was used to working within the confines of various linux environments.
Building and deploying our application into a full AWS environment gave us a great opportunity to get to grips with the power and challenges associated with Amazon's infrastructure-as-a-service offering.