To ensure that we continue to provide the best possible service to our rapidly growing customer base, we are now in the process of upgrading all our webserver and database infrastructure to use Amazon Web Services (AWS). Yes, that’s the same Amazon you may well be already using to buy stuff online. What you may not know is that Amazon is actually the worlds largest provider of server hosting services. AWS provides hosting for a number of big names, including Spotify, NASA, Samsung and NetFlix; and of course they host all of Amazon’s online retailing operation too.
When we started to look at AWS, some months ago now, we were really impressed. They operate their hosting services out of many locations, including London – so it’s not just a US operation. And one of the best things about their service is how “scalable” it is – far more so than our previous providers. Computer people talk a lot about scalability – the ability to provide more capacity easily when you need it. For a growing company like Truckcom, this is crucial; if we have an infrastructure which is easy to scale, it means we can easily pump up the server side of the operation as we grow.
The other thing that’s really good about AWS is backups and recovery. With our previous hosting providers, we had developed increasingly elaborate ways to ensure we always had good backups; this generated quite a lot of work for us . But with Amazon, it’s far easier – so we get even better data backups (done more often through the day) with less effort to make it happen.
We have already successfully moved more than 90% of our customers over to the AWS with plans to move the last few in the near future.