About the Client
Our client provides a proprietary e-commerce software platform upon which businesses can build and run online stores and retail point-of-sale (POS) systems.
Client Challenges/Pain Points
Our client wanted to ensure they were using the best tools possible to support the evolution needed to meet increasing customer demand. Though they’d always been a cloud-based organization, building and running their e-commerce cloud with their own data centers, they sought to capitalize on the container-based cloud benefits of immutable infrastructure to provide better support to their customers. Specifically, they wanted to ensure predictable, repeatable builds and deployments; simpler and more robust rollbacks; and elimination of configuration management drift.
By building out their cloud with Google, building a “Shop Mover” database migration tool, and leveraging Docker containers and Kubernetes, we were able to transform our client’s data center data center to better support customers’ online shops, meeting all their objectives. For the client’s customers, the increasingly scalable, resilient applications mean improved consistency, reliability, and version control.
Cloud computing systems use many technologies, of which the programming model, data management, data storage, virtualization are the key technologies. Virtualization is a method of deploying computing resources.
Immutable infrastructure vastly improved deployments. Since cloud servers are never modified post-deployment, configuration drift — in which undocumented changes to servers can cause them to diverge from one another and from the originally deployed configuration — is minimized or eliminated. This means deployments are easier, simpler, and more consistent.
Scalability was also central to meeting the changing needs of dynamic e-commerce businesses. The cloud-to-cloud migration helped its servers flex to meet fluctuating demand, ensuring that commerce isn’t slowed or disrupted.