Mojo Networks—headquartered in Mountain View, California with a research and development center in Pune, India—is a leading provider of cloud-managed Wi-Fi services. The business manages a global cloud architecture that supports Wi-Fi access points across thousands of customer networks worldwide. The Mojo Networks Wi-Fi platform is easy for customers to deploy and administer through desktops, tablets, and smartphone interfaces. The platform includes advanced features, such as graphical troubleshooting, Wi-Fi user analytics, and social engagement. Some of Mojo Networks’ customers include Fortune 500 and Global 2000 businesses, as well as government institutions.
Increasingly, cloud-based solutions are replacing on-premises infrastructures that once managed Wi-Fi networks. Mojo Networks is at the forefront of this change, providing companies worldwide with cloud-based management tools to replace their existing hardware.
The cloud platform on which Mojo Networks delivers its solutions is key. As the business developed, Mojo Networks evaluated its current IT infrastructure and the ability of its existing platform to support the company’s expansion plans in terms of scalability, manageability, and cost. Vivek Bhagwat, senior director of cloud operations at Mojo Networks, says, “The time was right to go to the market and find an alternative cloud-service provider that could deliver better support to our business model.”
Mojo Networks chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) for multiple reasons. Says Bhagwat, “The underlying architecture of AWS meant we could ensure the security of customers’ environments. Furthermore, we were confident that the availability of the service would meet our customers’ SLAs.” In addition, Mojo Networks could easily import its Linux-based virtual machines to the AWS Cloud using the AWS VM Import/Export service. “It was clear to us that AWS was ahead of the competition in terms of infrastructure and services offered, and the ability to customize solutions to suit our requirements," Bhagwat says. "In short, for the long-term expansion of the business, it had to be AWS.”
Mojo Networks worked with AWS and AWS Consulting Partner BlazeClan over the course of six months to complete its migration. Before migration work began, BlazeClan supported Mojo Networks with a proof of concept (POC) that involved the transfer of a Wi-Fi troubleshooting application called WizShark to AWS. Part of this process entailed ensuring that Mojo Networks developers could deploy their code—which is based on a highly customized form of Linux—to virtual machines running on instances of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Following the success of the POC, Mojo Networks began migrating all of its Wi-Fi management services to AWS.
Today, Mojo Networks' customer environments operate from multiple AWS Regions, including AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Sydney, and Mumbai), AWS EU (Frankfurt and London), AWS US East (N. Virginia), and AWS US West (Oregon). These environments are located within Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) infrastructures. Amazon Route 53 directs incoming traffic to virtual machines running on Amazon EC2. Data from the applications is stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and archived to Amazon Glacier.
Though Mojo Networks continues to migrate customers to the AWS platform, the company has already seen a decrease in costs. “We have saved up to 30 percent on the operating costs of our cloud infrastructure by migrating to AWS," says Bhagwat. "It helps us to be more price competitive in a growing industry.”
The switch to AWS also supports the company’s global ambitions. Customers often have locations in multiple countries, with each location operating its own Wi-Fi network. It’s crucial Mojo Networks can offer low-latency Wi-Fi management services to all of these locations, and the global footprint of AWS makes that easy to do. Aside from the wide coverage of AWS, Mojo Networks finds AWS environments easier to manage. Says Bhagwat, “We have reduced management time by 25 percent because the AWS platform is easy to control and allows us to write automations using a rich set of APIs. Not only does it reduce our operational overhead, but it also frees up our engineering team and allows them to focus on building products.”
The AWS platform is also more stable, giving Mojo Networks peace of mind in terms of meeting customer SLAs. The company uses the latest generation of Amazon EC2 M4 instances and the Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery service, which responds instantly if AWS hardware is impaired.
Mojo Networks is planning to adopt more AWS services in the future. “A key strength of AWS is the breadth of its services, which enable us to add value to our customer environments,” says Bhagwat.
- A Premier Partner of the AWS Partner Network (APN). BlazeClan provides cloud-consulting solutions and managed services on the AWS Cloud, with a focus on startups, ISVs, and enterprises.
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