He contacted Mirantis about Lens Autopilot, a DevOps-as-a-Service offering that combines the robust capabilities of Lens with expert services from Mirantis site reliability engineers to provide developer acceleration, continuous proactive security, real-time monitoring and alerting, enterprise scalability, and reduced risk for Kubernetes deployments.
Baldassare discovered that Mirantis professional services could also help Choozle move to GKE. The company decided to engage with Mirantis first to migrate their platform to GKE, and then to support the deployment with Lens Autopilot. Choozle had an urgent deadline to migrate their database within a one week time window, and Mirantis quickly pulled together resources to make it happen.
Mirantis performed a full database migration from a legacy MySQL instance to a Google Cloud SQL instance and moved clusters and workloads from EC2 to GKE. Mirantis also provided general architectural services and helped to optimize and debug applications, cluster operations, deployments, and database performance.
“The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” Baldassare said. “Today, we have a successfully migrated application that went from a legacy AWS Kubernetes cluster to a scaled, much more modern solution that preserves a better future for our application and our customers.”
An insurance plan for Kubernetes investments
Since migration, Choozle has come to view Lens Autopilot as a way to reduce risk with their new Kubernetes deployment. “Our executives looked at Lens Autopilot like entering an insurance plan,” Baldassare said. “We had done all this work to migrate our cluster over, and Lens Autopilot provides assurance for the new Kubernetes deployments we invested in.”
Lens Autopilot features compelling guaranteed outcomes, including the technical ability after 12 months to achieve a 10x increase in application deployment speed, 75% reduction in security vulnerabilities, accelerated time to remediation, and 2x-4x reduction in operational costs.
A vision for hiring and developing the best technical talent
Regularly voted as one of the best places to work by numerous industry publications, Choozle places strong emphasis on hiring staff who embody company values. Baldassare acquired basic DevOps skills through daily use of Lens and saw it as a way to upskill other engineers. His vision is to hire junior engineers with the best cultural fit and develop their DevOps skills using Lens and working alongside Mirantis experts. Lens Autopilot was the only DevOps-as-a-Service offering that allowed Choozle to hire and develop an in-house DevOps engineer with hands-on experience.
“We hired a software engineer who had a theoretical understanding of Kubernetes because of his attitude and culture fit, knowing that we had the support of Lens and Lens Autopilot to ramp him up and onboard him into DevOps,” Baldassare said. The company passed on a candidate with more DevOps experience, choosing instead someone who could potentially have greater impact on the company.
Baldassare ultimately plans to use Lens to upskill the entire engineering team in DevOps. “We are standardizing Lens as the product we use for DevOps, and then creating a framework of education off of Lens to onboard our engineers,” he said. “My hope is to operationalize this to a point where every engineer has access to Lens and knows how to use it to navigate to all the services touched by their applications and check that they’re working properly.”