MPS Technologies, working out of Bangalore, India, works with publishers, libraries and content owners to create and manage digital content. The company, which began operations in 2004, provides software solutions that focus on making e-content and digital delivery processes more efficient. MPS’s digital solutions help clients drive revenue streams, reduce costs, and expand audience reach.

MPS often manages the digital solutions that they provide for clients, and as the company grew, the IT team found that they needed additional resources to support specialized functions for publishers and other clientele. The team didn’t want the cost of adding more hardware to its on-premises environment and began looking for cost-effective alternatives. MPS determined that a cloud environment would be scalable, cost-effective and help the company manage its service level agreements (SLAs) efficiently.

The ability to create a secure environment was a key factor in choosing Amazon Web Services (AWS). “We host digital assets and copyrighted works for our clients,” explains Arun Goyal, Sr. Vice President & Head of IT Infrastructure Clients. “Security is of paramount importance and AWS builds its services in accordance with security best practices. When we looked at security, scalability and cost, AWS emerged as the most suitable service provider for our requirements.”

Goyal credits AWS Support with guiding the MPS team through the implementation process and helping the MPS team set up security measures. "Working with the AWS support engineers sped up our implementation process," states Goyal. “We will continue to engage them as we move more of our business to the AWS Cloud.”

MPS currently uses AWS to store and manage up to 15 TB of data. “We use Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes to store our frequently used data and EBS-backed Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, all inside an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) environment,” reports Goyal. The IT team uses Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets to store and back up data daily.

“Moving to AWS has decreased our time to market,” says Goyal. “As the administrator, I appreciate that by using AWS, I can raise, expand, and downsize servers, or take whatever action I need when I have to do it. When our applications ran on physical servers, we were required to follow many intricate processes if we needed to upgrade or purchase a new server. It was a time-consuming process, involving many people, and often took as long as three months. With AWS, I can spin up an Amazon EC2 instance in as little as 30 minutes or less. Decommissioning a server is just as easy with AWS, but very difficult with physical servers.”

Goyal also believes that increased server uptime has helped improve the company’s ability to meet customer requirements. He says, “We have much lower latency with better bandwidth now that we’re using AWS, and our customers are reporting 10-15 percent faster server response time.”

Most importantly, MPS is able to achieve a high level of security with AWS, consistent with MPS’s on-premises data centers. At the same time, the company has been able to reduce its capital expenditures. "The migration to AWS easily saved us about $50,000 in operating expenditures for hardware and operating systems,” says Goyal. “I am confident that we will be able to reduce our capital expenditures by $150,000 per year, and that over the next three years, we will save $450,000."

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