DevOps helped scale a start-up into stable success.

LiiRN. People-Powered Transformation™

When a start-up secures a Fortune 50 client, their infrastructure and delivery team is immediately put to the ultimate test. We help LiiRN score an A+ on a daily basis while exceeding security requirements for some of the largest companies in the world.

About LiiRN

LiiRN is a business transformation company. They connect employees and their employers, using engagement techniques to impact business. Through an algorithmic platform, they survey employees about their work and workplaces to recommend ways to improve performance and culture.

The Background

LiiRN’s legacy platform was hosted by a cloud service that only provided Virtual Machines. There was no obligation on the providers end for ongoing support, infrastructure optimization, or scalability — all key elements to any modern Service Level Agreement.

Not to mention every infrastructure component was hosted without any room for scale or flexibility in performance or cost configurations. They were paying for hardware irrespective of their usage.

The Challenges

Without any efficient deployment practices, audits, and performance measurements the entire environment and all its’ data was highly vulnerable.

LiiRN’s major clients like KPMG and Estée Lauder needed customized solutions. The deployment of which was being handled manually, adding to their already tedious and expensive on-boarding process.

With the ‘tail wagging the dog’ LiiRN’s infrastructure could not keep pace with demand or meet the growing security requirements of their customers.

It was our job to migrate their existing business un-interrupted into a new environment, where it could be properly provisioned and managed.

The Technical Transformation

To start off, we migrated LiiRN’s infrastructure to Amazon Web Services adhering to AWS’ security best practices and the famous AWS Well-Architected Framework. Which establishes very high standards for operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization.

We then developed tools and Proof of Concepts (PoCs) to be used for automated deployment. With features that were carefully thought-out and evaluated. We leveraged Terraform to handle the deployment of multiple single-tenant applications with Infrastructure written as Code (IaC). This also ensured quick rollouts of additional environments, while establishing a protocol used for beta and QA for each client in a consistent manner.

Moreover, each infrastructure was built in accordance to exceed the security compliance of each specific client.

Use of AWS Services
  • Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) Auto Scaling to maintain the application availability and automatically add or remove EC2 instances.
  • AWS RDS (Relational Database Service) to launch and manage Relational Databases
  • Amazon ElastiCache to deploy, operate, and scale the in-memory data store / cache in the cloud.
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk to quickly deploy and manage applications in AWS.
  • AWS CloudWatch to monitor the overall health of the infrastructure on production
  • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) to distribute incoming traffic across multiple targets in multiple Availability Zones
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to launch AWS resources into a virtual network
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for container management
  • Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) to store all the static assets of the website
  • Amazon CloudFront as the Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • AWS Lambda to run code without provisioning or managing servers
Use of 3rd Party Services
  • Jenkins for custom deployment
  • Rollbar for error monitoring and crash reporting
  • Bitbucket for code versioning
  • Terraform for automation of infrastructure creation and environment rollout on multiple cloud providers
  • New Relic for Application Performance Monitoring
The Impact

We migrated LiiRN to an auto-scalable, multi-server cloud infrastructure that ensured consistent application performance. While delivering a better user experience for their customers with zero downtime.

We optimized their wallet along with their infrastructure, to reduce their overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) freeing up monetary and human capital.

We are still providing DevOps services for LiiRN as they continue to take over the employee engagement market. 

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