Case Study: Modernizing Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Customer: Line2

About Line2: Line2 is a San Francisco based telecom company providing Virtual PBX phone services allowing companies to operate without traditional landlines or desk phones. Their namesake app that enables users to have a second line on their mobile phone and Line2 also provides an auto attendant, call forwarding, visual messaging and more on any device.

Challenges: Line2 leveraged a legacy Microsoft ASP.NET and MSSQL cluster on VMware for their order and service fulfillment applications. Their hardware was in a colo facility and managed by a 3rd party MSP. Line2 was having performance and uptime issues with their provider and, due to a legacy architecture, the time to resolution was long enough to cause an impact to their customers. Line2 needed to move their environment and re-architect it more resiliently.

Six Nines used following AWS Services:

  • Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud)
  • Application Load Balancer
  • Amazon VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
  • AWS Server Migration Service
  • Amazon Director Service

3rd Party Appliances/Services:

  • Cohesive Networks: Point to Point VPN

Solution: Six Nines worked with the Line2 team to understand their security, uptime, budgetary, and performance requirements. Those design principles were then coded to AWS CloudFormation templates to automate the infrastructure deployment. This approach, allowed Six Nines to quickly deploy a POC environment for testing and then stand up Development, Staging, and Production environments on AWS. A templated infrastructure improves the time to resolution in the event of a significant outage.  Once the foundational architecture was stood up, Six Nines used Amazon Server Migration Service to migration the virtual machines. Six Nines utilized AWS Microsoft AD which provides a managed directory service in the cloud allowing Line2 to run in a hybrid or cloud-native capacity. Also, Six Nines provided Line2 with Cloud CIO TM, a cost optimization service, to provide ongoing cost optimization reporting and recommendations.

In summary,  Six Nines helped the Line2 team migrate their legacy Microsoft application to the AWS cloud and built a more, resilient, responsive, secure, and modern environment. Now, Line2 can focus on growing their business instead of maintaining a legacy platform.

Partner Overview: Six Nines is an Advanced AWS Consulting Partner that has earned both AWS Microsoft Workload Competency and the AWS DevOps Competency. As a Premier consulting company, we specialize in helping businesses move to the AWS cloud, as well as optimize customers existing architecture. We are a team of experienced professionals who are passionate about finding technical solutions to challenging problems.

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