Version 1 Case Study


With more than 1,000 employees and €100 million in revenue in 2017, Version 1 provides migration, management, and optimization of enterprise applications in the cloud. Version 1 delivers IT consulting, services, and solutions to enterprises in the UK and Ireland. An AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Consulting Partner, Version 1 holds multiple AWS competencies and has more than 60 AWS-certified engineers.

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Getting CloudRanger from AWS Marketplace makes it incredibly simple to deploy in the AWS environment."

Peter Smyth
Head of Managed Services, Version 1

The Challenge

Version 1 relies on AWS Marketplace for a range of applications and services to differentiate and augment its offerings. “Enterprises are looking to us to provide a complete environment for deploying and managing their cloud applications,” says Peter Smyth, head of managed services at Version 1.

One of the fundamental technologies for Version 1’s cloud managed services is backup and recovery. As the company built out its AWS practice, it required a solution that worked in harmony with other technologies on the platform, enabled rapid growth and scalability, and provided efficient ways to manage large amounts of data to reduce the burden on Version 1’s managed services staff. The solution also had to meet stringent customer expectations. “Our customers won’t migrate applications to the cloud unless we can demonstrate an ability to back up and restore their data that is equal to or better than what they can do on premises,” says Smyth.

Why Amazon Web Services

Version 1 decided to implement a software-as-a-service backup solution provided by APN Advanced Technology Partner CloudRanger and delivered through AWS Marketplace. “We evaluated CloudRanger against the other enterprise cloud backup products in AWS Marketplace. It was the only solution that provided similar levels of control and convenience compared to traditional enterprise backup products,” says Smyth. “Using CloudRanger has helped us to provide the customer assurance necessary to win large, multiyear cloud managed services contracts with enterprise organizations.”

David Gildea, chief executive officer at CloudRanger, says, “Our goal in developing CloudRanger was to create the world’s easiest-to-use disaster recovery and backup solution for AWS. That ease of use helps Version 1 serve its customers more efficiently while exceeding expectations for keeping data safe and secure.”

The solution is built on a foundation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for processing and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for data access. It uses Amazon CloudFront for content delivery, and, for security and authentication, AWS Certificate Manager, AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), and AWS Web Application Firewall (AWS WAF). With CloudRanger, Version 1 can deliver the performance its customers need, wherever they are located, by using CloudRanger in the nearest AWS Region and Availability Zone.

The Benefits

Version 1 was able to scale its services while providing peace of mind to customers by adopting CloudRanger’s intuitive user experience. “CloudRanger gives us highly efficient visibility and control over our customers’ backups,” Smyth reports. “Our managed services staff can stay on top of petabyte scale storage. CloudRanger saves them hundreds of hours annually in the management of backups and restores.”

Version 1 also optimizes customers’ cloud costs using CloudRanger. “Using CloudRanger’s scheduling feature, Version 1 ensures customers’ cloud resources are only running when needed,” says Gildea. “This delivers savings of tens of thousands of euros to their customers per year. For example, turning off development and test instances that are only needed during business hours reduces costs by up to 70 percent compared to running them all the time."

Version 1 works with customers in highly regulated industries including healthcare and finance, so compliance, security, and reliability are critical. “Everything we do is based on best practices and certified to ISO standards,” Smyth says. “That enables us to deliver services to organizations under stringent requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.” The solution is built using the AWS Well-Architected framework. As Gildea explains, “Under the hood, CloudRanger is entirely built on AWS, using AWS best practices, making it scalable, reliable, and easy to manage.”

Gildea sees AWS Marketplace as a good fit for its services. “Using AWS Marketplace, we can easily connect with system integrators such as Version 1 to help them deliver the right solutions to customers faster and at lower cost.”

The result is that Version 1 can get customers up and running in less time. “Getting CloudRanger from the AWS Marketplace makes it incredibly simple to deploy in the AWS environment,” says Smyth. “We used CloudFormation scripts, supplied by CloudRanger, to roll out backups to our whole customer estate in minutes rather than hours or days. That means we can get customers’ applications into service in the cloud that much faster.”

About Version 1

Version 1 provides end-to-end management of applications in the cloud with monitoring capabilities, a DevOps culture, 24/7 service desk, and multiple ISO certifications.

About the Partner - CloudRange

CloudRanger provides a cost-effective and mobile solution to initiate and control cloud tasks across AWS services including Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, and Amazon RDS. 

Benefits of AWS

  • Backs up cloud servers with capabilities equivalent to on-premises solutions
  • Manages almost 500 TB of backups efficiently and easil
  • Schedules running of AWS resources to optimize costs
  • Scales managed services staff with a fast, intuitive solution for a key task
  • Meets the security and compliance needs of customers in highly regulated industri

AWS Services Used

AWS Marketplace

AWS Marketplace is a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on AWS.

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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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Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally.

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AWS Certificate Manager

AWS Certificate Manager is a service that lets you easily provision, manage, and deploy public and private Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates for use with AWS services.

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