Moving to more manageable, less costly infrastructure
The pharmaceutical company was running 800 promotional websites, using managed services from amazee.io for Lagoon, a web application delivery platform for Kubernetes, and Red Hat OpenShift on AWS (ROSA) for infrastructure. The development team was publishing dozens of new Laravel, Drupal, and Node.js websites each month, and deploying on ROSA became too costly and difficult to maintain.
“Red Hat OpenShift on AWS is a nightmare to manage. It’s much harder and much more cumbersome, even for something as easy as just setting up the appropriate permissions to access a cluster,” said Blaize Kaye, Developer Experience Engineer at amazee.io. “It drove our costs up because we have to do so much more outside of our normal day-to-day tasks to maintain a cluster.”
This complexity and extra maintenance were one of the reasons that the pharmaceutical company decided to make the switch to amazee.io, but it wasn’t the only one. The company was using multiple technologies, programming languages, and frameworks, and each required its own hosting provider and processes, adding to the staff’s workload. amazee.io supports a wide variety of technologies on the same infrastructure, so it was possible to move all of their workloads to a single provider. What’s more, those workloads could be containerized, which was something that was becoming standard practice internally.
In addition, because amazee.io uses open source, the company wasn’t locked in; at any time they can move their workloads to another provider, or to their own AWS account. amazee.io also made it possible to host applications in mainland China, which was important for the pharmaceutical company’s global footprint.