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Rackspace Devops powering ARL, NRL and A-League fantasy sports leagues

Allan Swann | May 8, 2015
Fanhub fantasy sports now powered by Rackspace Cloud and DevOps

Beyond this, cost optimisation has also been a key bonus for Loud&Clear.

"We were looking at how we could spin up things for as little as an hour, or as required. How can we make this as flexible as possible?" he said.

"Our hosting costs have actually reduced quite significantly since we moved to the Cloud."

One of the key changes for his development team was teaching his staff to work with an outside company on mission critical applications. Devops has cut back on a lot of the more menial tasks and allowed his team to focus on new features.

"Deployments were taking us anywhere between two days or around 30 hours. We're now doing it in under and hour.

"We spin up the new production environment, we deploy on to that, test it, move the traffic across, tear down the old one. That's taken a while to get everyone used to, the idea of infrastructure being so disposable. We also have no maintenance windows now."

"The amount of time we've had to dedicate to BAU [business as usual activities] has dropped by 75 per cent thanks to devops. The development time that was just dedicated to BAU, deployment, bug fixing, patching etc, is way down, which means we are spending 400 hours a month, which we didn't have this time last year just on feature development.

"Just this last week we were able to add three new features without going offline."


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