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How a hybrid IT cloud service helped Findly reach new heights

JD Sartain | Feb. 23, 2015
When social recruiting firm Findly acquired an on-demand talent communications company its client base doubled overnight. IT execs knew a serious infrastructure change was in order. Here’s how a hybrid cloud solution addressed Findly’s new needs.

Technology and Solutions via a Hybrid Cloud

Findly purchased a hybrid cloud solution from Datapipe, which spreads across multiple data centers. This solution allows Findly to keep its data in environments that Findly staff controls, while taking advantage of Datapipe's procurement scale, licensing and technical expertise. Datapipe eliminated Findly's need to increase its workforce and allowed the existing teams to focus on making the company's environments more resilient, secure and scalable.

"When recruiting talent to our infrastructure team today," says Holbrook, "I tell them if you really like the hardware side of IT, this isn't the place for you. In the last two years, the only trips my teams have made to data centers were to shut them down as we consolidated those environments to Datapipe. Having Datapipe handle all hardware procurement and deployment of our gear, as well as most software licensing, has freed my teams to focus on serving the business rather than trying to keep up with our infrastructure growth."

Implementation, Installation and Deployment

According to Holbrook, initial implementation included full-capacity environments in California and New Jersey. Teams at both Findly and Datapipe designed a new infrastructure in just a few hours a week for two months and, throughout the implementation process, additionally gave attention to elements such as specific load balancers and database configurations.

The deployment included Datapipe servers consisting of dedicated, high-availability firewalls and dedicated VMware ESX hosts. The installation also included a number of managed virtual machines across these hosts. Additionally, AWS Direct Connect is in progress, which means Findly can seamlessly move applications between Datapipe servers and AWS and thus maintain a vast amount of infrastructure while utilizing the elastic capability of AWS to scale up and down.

"As a SaaS vendor, our infrastructure is the lifeblood of our organization," notes Holbrook. "Moving to Datapipe was a big decision. Shortly after signing our agreement, we had an active thread of Datapipe database administrators, system engineers, storage architects and security gurus all chiming in with best practices. That was my first indication that we had made the right choice. We have been working together for over three years and Datapipe has developed a unique hybrid IT solution for us that hosts more than 500 websites and 20 products."

Hybrid IT Cloud Solutions Meet Complex Needs in Enterprise

"There's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cloud hosting," says Landy. "The past few years have revealed extraordinary development in cloud technology, both in scope and capabilities. Businesses now have many diverse options to choose from. For example, hybrid IT cloud solutions are an excellent choice for enterprises with complex data and hosting needs, largely because it takes advantages of the public cloud (scalability, elasticity, no investment in hardware to get started), while offering the benefits of a private cloud (security, greater control over data, and ensuring compliance for sensitive data such as PII and PHI)."


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