Rackspace to AWS Cloud Migration and Ecommerce Migration
Increased Sales, Cut Cloud Costs, Reached 99.9% Uptime
February 2016 – December 2017
Cloud Hosting: Rackspace Servers
Ecommerce Platform: Spree Commerce
Blog Platform: WordPress
Renee Rouleau was seeking a Devops and Engineering partner with the expertise to manage day-to-day infrastructure administration and provide development support for new releases. Renee’s team was looking for a broad scope of support, skills, and development expertise that made hiring an additional in-house team member challenging and expensive. The company had accrued a backlog of technical debt that they knew needed to be paid down while allowing internal staff to focus on value generation surrounding product innovation and delivery. Gennovacap’s deep domain expertise in Engineering / IT Support and Cloud Migrations offered a clear value proposition to free up precious resources from time-consuming infrastructure management and provided operational enhancements in the form of best practice advice, skills, and tools. Existing challenges included:
- Application timeouts during peak selling season created missed sales opportunities
- Significant downtime – E-commerce application timeouts and bugs (10 years of tech debt)
- Expensive monolithic servers on Rackspace
- Cloud: AWS EC2, Autoscaling, Load Balancers, Spot Instances
- Ecommerce Platform: Shopify Plus
Sales increased 20%
By migrating off the legacy Spree Commerce to Shopify Plus, application stability improved and timeouts during peak selling months fell by 99.9% thereby increasing sales 20%.
Saved $500 /month on hosting
By migrating from expensive monolithic Rackspace servers to AWS EC2, we were able to enable to utilize spot instances and autoscaling to optimize costs and server usage for the 5M monthly blog visitors.
Reached 99.9% uptime
Through both migration efforts, we were able to improve site reliabilty for both the blog and the ecommerce store users.