Sonico Case Study

2014

Founded in 2007 by Rodrigo Teijeiro (CEO), Sonico.com is a social networking site with more than 48 million registered users, 85 per cent of them located in Latin America. Sonico employs 75 people and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with offices in Miami and Brazil.

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AWS solved one of our key infrastructure pains with its scalable, cost-efficient solution.”

Alvaro Teijeiro
Partner and CIO, Sonico

The Challenge

Sonico.com offers three separate “spaces” (Private, Public, and Professional) to help users organize their lives online. Uploading, sharing, and commenting on photos are among the most popular user activities.

Before signing on with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Sonico.com stored user photos in more than 25 servers under a managed hosting agreement. Alvaro Teijeiro, partner and CIO, says, “Because we have small technical and operations teams, we wanted to explore the possibility of offloading this content from our back end. Reducing costs and improving data backup and scalability were a priority.”

The company looked into several options, including network-attached storage, storage area networks, and cloud computing alternatives.

Why Amazon Web Services

According to Teijeiro, the combination of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) was the best match for overall price and performance.

Initially, Sonico.com faced the challenge of moving a large number of files (more than 1 billion images) over to Amazon S3. Teijeiro says, “We spent a couple of weeks finding the right combination of technology and settings to produce an acceptable upload performance that balanced transfer time and backend overhead. Unfortunately, there was no out-of-the-box solution that worked for this kind of data migration.”

Sonico’s engineers moved their data to AWS over a period of four months. Now, 100 percent of their image upload, processing, and storage is done with AWS. They use multiple Amazon EC2 instances running Linux and Apache to receive and process images, and Amazon S3 to store them.

The Benefits

Teijeiro says, “This migration resulted in a 70 percent savings compared to the cost of our previous architecture, while improving storage redundancy and scalability. We’re happy we don’t have to worry about provisioning and financing new storage servers anymore. AWS solved one of our key infrastructure pains with its scalable, cost-efficient solution.”

Sonico is also leveraging other AWS offerings, such as Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) and MySQL instances running on Amazon EC2. Overall, Teijeiro appreciates the cost, scalability, and reliability of AWS.


About Sonico

Founded in 2007 by Rodrigo Teijeiro (CEO), Sonico.com is a social networking site with more than 48 million registered users, 85 percent of them located in Latin America.

Benefits of AWS

  • Moved more than 1 billion images to Amazon S3
  • Migration resulted in 70% savings compared to previous infrastructure
  • Improved storage redundancy and scalability

AWS Services Used

Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. 

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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 SQS

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a fully managed message queuing service that enables you to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications.

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Backup & Restore

We offer the most storage services, data-transfer methods, and networking options to build solutions that protect your data with unmatched durability and security.

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