Migrating Critical Infrastructure to AWS

DevOps Framework Helps Meet Customer Demand

AWS Automation Success

How a cloud migration project leveraged DevOps to improve business agility

As Pinshape, a marketplace for 3-D printing designs, prepared for a major marketing effort, they realized their current server provider was not able to scale to the levels needed and decided to make a rapid migration to Amazon Web Services.

With just two weeks to complete the project, the company needed to migrate critical infrastructure to AWS. In addition to the short time frame, Pinshape was struggling to find a resource with the right skill set.

DevOps for Startups

With little room for error, Pinshape needed an AWS consulting partner with deep knowledge of DevOps consulting methodologies and tools, and who could work quickly to meet their timeline.

Pinshape co-founder and CTO Andre Yanes explains that one of their biggest challenges in growing the business to date has included finding quality software developers in a competitive market place.

As a small business that just recently participated in the 500 Startups program, the company hasn’t been ready to take on staff with deep domain knowledge in areas such as deployment and DevOps or CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous deployment), although this will soon be a priority.

Balancing Operations and Development Investment

Another common challenge for startups is determining their startup marketing strategy, identifying the right channels by which to reach the right customer segments. Yanes says once Pinshape has accomplished that milestone, their next big challenge will be maintaining a balance between development and infrastructure investment.

After connecting with AWS consulting partner Flux7, Pinshape rapidly determined the company’s cloud migration services were the right fit. Flux7’s AWS architecture experts and certified consultants, plus experience with DevOps approaches and Docker consulting, were a strong indicator the project would be a success.

After a quick IT assessment, Pinshape and Flux7 determined the key components needed to meet Pinshape’s requirements were:

  • Push-Button Deployment with AWS Autoscaling
  • Developer Environment for Local Development
  • Continuous Deployment of Code