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Kurtosys Gains Regional Agility and Speeds Innovation with AWS

2021

Building websites for financial services companies is not as straightforward as in other industries. As well as getting the right technology, financial businesses must meet regulatory requirements—for example, creating snapshots of investment advice offered and timely removal of old content. Financial customers also demand high levels of security for their sensitive data.

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The previous success in developing and launching our DXM platform on AWS allowed us to demonstrate how much faster our developers could work. This prompted us to go all in on AWS.”

Sunil Odedra
Global Head of Technology, Kurtosys

Kurtosys DXM platform provides a simple way for financial institutions to create and manage complex websites, while keeping data secure and producing compliant records and reports. 

Kurtosys realized hosting DXM in the cloud would improve its ability to expand operations globally and offer customers a choice of locations for storing their data.

Building DXM on AWS

Kurtosys previously used a private cloud implementation. However, Kurtosys decided to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the DXM platform to help it expand operations globally.

“Moving our DXM platform to AWS was a huge success,” says Sunil Odedra, global head of technology at Kurtosys. “We decided to move to AWS in early January and went live, with major customers running their websites on it, by the first week of June. This wasn’t just a proof of concept. It was amazing how much faster our developers could move using AWS.” 

Moving to AWS has also given Kurtosys much more flexibility in serving its global customers and allowed it to quickly deploy services in new regions to meet customer demand or comply with regulations. 

Before using AWS, supporting the first client in a new region would mean shouldering large upfront costs for hardware, data center hosting, and other on-premises needs. 

Using AWS, Kurtosys was able to open a new region in the European Union (EU) in 4 weeks. Thanks to the lessons it learned there, Kurtosys can now open other new regions in even less time, and scale flexibly to meet customer demand. For example, Kurtosys has helped UK clients respond to Brexit compliance issues by rapidly moving some clients to a hosting site in the EU, alleviating concerns that post-Brexit regulatory changes could impact their businesses. 

The company has also gained a crucial advantage by building capabilities in new regions, which was once a significant obstacle to new sales. Kurtosys can now set up AWS services quickly in the relevant local center instead of spending time and money setting up its own data center and servers. 

A Successful Migration

The early success of moving DXM to AWS led Kurtosys to move all of its remaining workloads to AWS. It worked with AWS Partner Network (APN)  Premier Consulting Partner Cloudreach to shift its applications from a private cloud, based on OpenStack infrastructure, to AWS. 

The migration started with a 6-week governance program to make sure the move would comply with financial and data protection regulations.

Kurtosys used the AWS Migration Acceleration Program to speed up the move. Thanks to its established remote-working culture, the migration was on schedule, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Odedra says his developers and operations staff already knew AWS well, but learned even more from workshops run by Cloudreach. The teams felt fully confident in their knowledge afterwards, with no need for follow-up sessions.

That confidence also allowed Kurtosys to rethink its disaster recovery (DR) strategy. With AWS, it reduced complexity and maintenance overhead significantly by moving to a simpler, in-region DR solution. This used AWS Availability Zones in place of a cross-region approach based on replicated services.

The migration project included over 200 virtual machines, some legacy Windows workloads, and increased use of the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Kurtosys is currently running many of its Microsoft SQL and MySQL database servers in a traditional self-managed configuration on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), but it aims to migrate them all to Amazon RDS. 

Kurtosys plans to move its API servers from Amazon EC2 servers, which need manual management and scaling, to  Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), which will cut costs and reduce the management overhead.

Speed, Efficiency, and Value

The successful migration of Kurtosys’ DXM platform provided the impetus to move the rest of its workloads to AWS. As a result, Kurtosys’s developers are now working faster and more efficiently than ever. 

When the sales team wins a new client in a new region, Kurtosys no longer has to shoulder the expense of building a local, on-premises center. Instead, the solution can be up and running in weeks and ready to scale as new clients come on board. 

Working with AWS, Kurtosys continues to automate its applications to provide true self-service to its customers. Removing maintenance support work means its developers are free to focus on adding features and new services to its applications. 

Overall, the migration to AWS has opened a new world of agility and delivery speed across regions, making it a powerful enabler for international expansion. Moving the entire platform smoothly and seamlessly to AWS has also helped Kurtosys stay at the forefront of technological solutions and best practice for the benefit of its clients.


About Kurtosys

Kurtosys specializes in providing asset and wealth managers with a data and content publication platform that enables the construction and distribution of critical sales, marketing, and client reporting materials.

Benefits of AWS

  • Kurtosys can open quickly in a new region without investing in a local data center
  • AWS Migration Acceleration Program speeded up the move
  • Kurtosys developers work faster and more efficiently with all workloads on AWS
 

AWS Services Used

Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers.

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Amazon ECS

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a fully managed container orchestration service that helps you easily deploy, manage, and scale containerized applications.

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Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.

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AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers, creating workload-aware cluster scaling logic, maintaining event integrations, or managing runtimes.

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