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Advanced: Lift & Shift Migration for More Cost-Effective IT Environments

To consolidate different IT environments acquired through rapid growth and to improve infrastructure management, stability and scalability, Advanced migrated their Spend Management Solution Advanced Marketplace from a managed cloud service to their own solution hosted on AWS.

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Business Benefits

In a move away from their managed Cloud, hosted on Rackspace, which gave Advanced limited access to their IT infrastructure, high costs and time-consuming processes, the core of Advanced Marketplace was moved to the AWS Cloud in just 11 months. The ensuing cost benefits were welcomed, making the solution much more competitive in the market.

With their own solution and improvements in the CI/CD process, Advanced can now develop and deploy new features more efficiently, saving the company time and money. Part of the cost optimization was the move of the database engine from Oracle to Postgres, which had a better cost structure due to more beneficial licensing fees.

Results by Numbers


25% Reduction in Infrastructure Costs


30s to Switch Database Instance in Case of Failure


11 months to Move to the Cloud

Business Need

Advanced is constantly growing their product portfolio through a very thoughtful acquisition strategy, resulting in a vast IT estate made of different environments. After acquiring Advanced Marketplace from Science Warehouse, the decision was made to move from a managed Cloud infrastructure to an in-house solution on the AWS Cloud. This would enable better control and infrastructure management, independent of external providers, to develop new features autonomously and at a lower cost.

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I have worked with PGS Software for several years across many different, technically challenging, projects and they have always delivered. I would highly recommend working with PGS Software, especially if the work is AWS focused. They have a vast number of experts across all services and disciplines that drive success.

Liam Mitchell, Head of Cloud Enablement, Advanced

Project Details

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AWS Cloud, Layered Architecture Management, Network Peering

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Amazon Aurora, AWS DMS, AWS ECS Cluster, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS ALB, Amazon EC2, AWS Lambda, Amazon SNS, Amazon SQS, Amason SED, Amazon VPC

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Terraform, Jenkins, Harness, ELK (Kibana)

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Advanced: 5 DevOps Engineers, 8 Devs, 2 QAs PGS Software: 1 DevOps Engineer, 1 Java/DevOps Engineer

About the Client

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Advanced is one of the UK’s largest providers of business software and services with a £330m turnover, 25,000+ customers and 2,700+ employees. They provide enterprise and market-focused solutions that allow their customers to make the complex simple and be the difference to millions of lives every day.

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