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US-Based Retail Giant Saves USD 250,000 in Annual Costs with Cloud Transformation

Apparel retailer implements an updated AWS to achieve cost optimization and improve application services availability to 99.5%

Related services
Cloud

Related Technology
AWS

Industry
Retail

Team
Xebia

The client is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in Jeanswear.

Why
To stay ahead of the digital curve with cloud transformation
What
An infrastructure that enables the retailer to save costs, improve application services availability and reduce production incidents
How
By re-architecting the entire AWS implementation for the retailer as per its business needs

Understanding the Challenge

The client wanted to accelerate their digital journey with an updated AWS setup that incorporated security scan tools and the principle of least privilege for IAM users/roles. Besides, the apparel retailer wanted to also stay ahead of the digital curve by:

  • Deploying Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for production workloads.
  • Being empowered with an architecturally sound solution that facilitates the migration of business data across multiple Cloud providers.
  • Incorporating CI/CD and advanced AWS resources for enhanced monitoring of custom application metrics.
  • Future-proofing with custom data backup and retention strategies and policies.
  • Establishing a secure connection to Cloud infrastructures with VPN tunnels.
  • Optimizing cloud cost strategies that get tuned with business needs and deliver results in the framed spending and time.

Xebia’s Strategy and Solution

As a part of the digital transformation strategy for the retailer, Xebia deployed a hybrid infrastructure setup where AWS can cater to the rapid development of data-focused and business intelligence applications at a lower cost.

  • Re-architecting the entire AWS implementation for the development, testing, and production accounts, leading to a more secure and agile infrastructure coupled with a monthly cost savings of over $20,000.
  • Implementing AWS DMS to enable cross-replication of data between different cloud services on a hybrid infrastructure to, in turn, enable centralized data warehousing in AWS Redshift.
  • Creating data pipelines to publish incremental data from core e-commerce applications to Redshift, and enriching data using AWS EMR for creating business dashboards.
  • Introducing the concept of containers with Docker and application orchestration using Kubernetes to the client and starting a movement to adopt this technology for future projects
  • CI/CD architecture design and implementation of immutable infrastructure for over 40 projects using privately hosted GitHub, Jenkins, Terraform, Docker, AWS core, data services, a server-less framework, logging and monitoring activities using Sumologic, and creating SRE dashboards with New Relic APM for availability, latency, error rate, and throughput for the main e-commerce website.
  • Carrying out server-less implementation using AWS Fargate, Batch, Lambda, and step functions for data science projects to provide analytics to the business.
  • Migrating projects from on-premise DC/private Cloud (Rack-space) to AWS like RISE and AIS.
  • Undertaking network architecture design and implementation for hybrid infrastructure setup, having an on-premise DC, a private Cloud (Rack-space), and AWS using dedicated S2S VPN tunnels, Direct Connect and Transit Gateways
  • Cost optimizing initiatives across different AWS accounts using rightsizing, EC2 Reserved Instances (RI), and establishing housekeeping policies for storage and backups. Also, increasing elasticity for the existing resources and monitoring continuously to find the appropriate cost-control opportunities.
  • DR and environment planning and setup for AWS production projects in hot standby mode.
  • CIS benchmarking of all AWS accounts to adhere to the latest AWS security standards.

“As soon as the foundation of the new e-commerce platform was laid out, a data team of internal specialists and data scientists began developing personalized algorithms to help us analyze our customers’ behavior. We gained a better understanding and insight into individual customer needs right away, including ideas for products our customer had not thought of before.”
Marketing Technology Manager

Impact

Business Benefits

The successful implementation of Xebia’s solutions resulted in significant improvement in the overall customer experience as well as numerous tangible benefits, including:

  • Annual cost savings of more than USD 250,000 on the infrastructure spend.
  • Improved availability of the application services to 99.5% and reduced production incidents by 80%.

Technological Benefits

  • Standardized onboarding templates for new applications using a reusable automation framework that made launching new services quicker, less risky, and more cost-effective.
  • Seamless availability of data across the hybrid infrastructure for data engineering and analytics.
  • One-click, cost-optimized, and secured infrastructure for PoC and short-term projects.
  • Fully resilient and stateless containerized microservices running on clustered or server-less infrastructure.
  • A globally distributed team set up to support automation and engineering operations on an ongoing basis.

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