AWS Fargate Customers
Flywire, a global payments enablement and software company software provider, has cultivated a global customer base across the healthcare, education, business, and travel sectors through a combination of strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions. As the company expanded into new markets and verticals, it wanted to rearchitect its cloud environment to automatically scale with demand and optimize compute costs. Using Amazon ECS with AWS Fargate, Flywire architected a modernized stack, and reduced its startup times by 60 percent and saved up to 70 percent on compute costs.
“Amazon ECS with AWS Fargate has been the perfect combination for us. AWS Fargate integrates well with other AWS services with almost zero maintenance.”
José Luis Salas, Head of Site Reliability Engineering, Flywire
BILL, a financial operations company, helps small and midsize businesses more efficiently control their payables, receivables, and spend and expense management. To better accommodate growth and scale over time, BILL migrated its on-premises architecture of its platform to AWS to refactor processes, and increase speed and efficiency. Using Amazon ECS with AWS Fargate, BILL saved on operational costs, reduced complexity, and now offers improved tools to increase developer productivity.
“We’ve improved velocity, achieved efficiencies, and refactored our architecture by migrating from an on-premises architecture to Amazon ECS with AWS Fargate.”
Subbu Allamaraju, Vice President of Engineering, BILL
Autodesk offers products that help municipalities run simulations to understand how water behaves in various systems. Its customers didn’t always have the compute power to run complex simulations, resulting in scaled-back projects. Using Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate, Autodesk’s customers can now run high-scale simulations without the need to manage any on-premises infrastructure. Autodesk has also improved startup performance by 50%, and can update its capabilities faster and easier than before.
“Using AWS, we can update, improve, and introduce new capabilities on a daily basis without making major software releases.”
Boaz Brudner, Head of Innovyze SaaS Engineering, AI and Architecture, Autodesk
Amazon Prime Video
The Fire TV team at Prime Video, which is responsible for managing the Prime Video app for Fire TV devices, wanted to shift from its shared architecture as it was hard to scale. The team built a serverless architecture on AWS using Amazon ECS with AWS Fargate that could scale to millions of active subscribers, and simplify deployments and upgrades across devices. The team was able to free its engineers from the task of provisioning resources manually, allowing them to focus on innovation.
“The success of this migration showed that Fargate is a great choice for customer facing Prime Video services, and we’re seeing many other teams choose Fargate for their services.”
Hani Suleiman, Senior Principal Engineer, Amazon Prime Video
WOMBO, a Toronto-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup, achieved viral success on AWS. Faced with the challenge of managing 12,000 graphics processing units (GPUs), WOMBO was able to scale to millions of users and handle billions of pieces of AI content for both of its apps, saving costs by adopting the right instance sizes. WOMBO used Amazon ECS to automatically run its GPU workloads and scale and deploy its apps quickly, and it adopted a serverless compute plane, AWS Fargate, to run application workloads without having to manage servers or infrastructure. On AWS, WOMBO’s small team can focus on delivering business value, helping it drive innovation in the field of AI.
“Our infrastructure has been largely on autopilot. Using Amazon ECS definitely saves a lot of time for us.”
Vivek Bhakta, Cofounder and Head of Infrastructure, WOMBO
Snoop is a UK-based fintech startup that helps their customers cut their bills, pay off debt, grow their savings, and save where they spend, all without changing banks. Working with lean resources, Snoop’s cofounders looked to AWS for solutions to hasten time to market and build an app that is secure, highly scalable, and available 24/7. By leveraging Amazon ECS with AWS Fargate they have scaled from zero to one billion transactions in just 2 years, optimized costs and reduced overhead.
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“All of our Amazon ECS instances use AWS Fargate, which takes off a huge piece of overhead. As a fast-scaling startup, that’s exactly what we need.”
Jamie West, Senior DevSecOps Engineer, Snoop
The Vanguard Group is an American registered investment advisor based in Malvern, Pennsylvania with over $5.7 trillion in assets under management. It is the largest provider of mutual funds and the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds in the world.
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“We chose the solution of Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate for a variety of reasons: It’s a fully distributed architecture, it enable DevSecOps patterns, was backwards compatible with our legacy container orchestration platform, is fully automated and automatable, is secure by default, is cost effective, and enables NoOps patterns.”
Yoni Ryabinski – Chief Enterprise Architect, Vanguard
Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate. It is comprised of numerous affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean industrial conglomerate.
“Our engineering team began migrating all of our systems to AWS Fargate. Because AWS Fargate exposed the same APIs and endpoints that Amazon ECS did, the migration experience was extremely smooth and we immediately experienced improvements in operational efficiency. Before AWS Fargate, Samsung typically had administrators and operators dedicated to managing web services for the Samsung developer portal. However, as we migrated to AWS Fargate, we were able to easily eliminate the need for an administrator, saving operational costs while improving development efficiency. Now, our operations and administration teams are focused more on elaborate logging and monitoring activities, further improving overall service reliability, security, and performance.”
Tylor Kim, Staff Engineer Cloud Operation Group, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD
Vodafone Limited (UK)
Vodafone Limited is a provider of telecommunications services in the United Kingdom and a part of the Vodafone Group, the world's second-largest mobile phone company. As of May 2020, Vodafone UK has 18 million subscribers.
“At Vodafone Digital UK, we initially built our service containers to run on AWS using the Amazon ECS orchestration layer on Amazon EC2. Once our platform started growing and experiencing scaling challenges, the Digital Architects looked at AWS Fargate to mitigate the growing pains and improve our platform stability. Once the technology had matured and price cuts were announced in January 2019, the Digital Architects defined a plan to migrate our Services from Amazon EC2 to AWS Fargate while keeping the familiar Amazon ECS orchestration layer, and the first Story on the Digital backlog for this piece of work was born. We are now halfway through the migration plan with the middleware of our My Vodafone App, one of our key services, being amont the latest ones to make the jump. Furthermore, all the new Digital Services and Channels are deployed on AWS Fargate by default. Serverless deployments still need to be properly planned, optimized, and managed. However, by removing the complexity of infrastructure management and shifting some responsibilities like OS hardening and patching onto AWS, we can reduce the amount of resources we spend on these tasks and instead focus on adding value to our Vodafone customers.”
Maria Farrugia, Head of Digital Architecture, Vodafone UK
Square is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company that helps millions of sellers run their business from secure credit card processing to point of sale solutions.
“As we modernize our stack with Amazon EKS, we are always looking for opportunities to increase our security posture and lessen our administrative burden. We're excited by the potential for AWS Fargate and Amazon EKS to provide out of the box isolation and ensure a secure compute environment for our applications with the highest level of security requirements. In addition, the ability to right size portions of our compute consumption, ensuring optimal utilization without having to spend cycles on capacity planning or operational overhead, is extremely compelling. This is without a doubt the most exciting Kubernetes announcement of the year.”
Geoff Flarity, Engineering Manager for CashApp, Square
BCI Chile, Mach
Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI) is a Chilean bank specializing in savings and deposits, securities brokerage, asset management, and insurance. Mach is the first application of a virtual prepaid card.
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“We are using AWS Fargate to manage our containers. This allows us to delegate the scalability to the AWS platform. We’ve had some campaigns that have brought more than 100,000 users in two days, which means an increase of 50 times the traffic that our platform was receiving. The service was not affected thanks to these managed services.”
Eugenio Gajardo, CTO of MACH project, BCI Chile
Elevenia is an online shopping site with an open marketplace concept in Indonesia that provides convenience and safety for online shopping.
“In the long term, we felt that containers would make it easier for us to deploy the engine everywhere, even at scale. Engineers use AWS Fargate with Amazon ECS to automate deployment of containerized services, including clusters on virtual machines. We really love this serverless concept because it requires minimal operations maintenance.”
Rangga Sobiran, Head of Data Architecture and BI, Elevenia
END. is a global menswear retailer known for its expertly curated luxury fashion, emerging designers, and exclusive athletics wear and streetwear.
“Deploying tasks in AWS Fargate has saved us immeasurable hours when compared to our previous setup with Amazon EC2 which was tediously slow, and the ability to rollback almost instantaneously has given us the freedom to fail faster. By introducing AWS’s serverless solutions for containers, we now have the breathing room to be proactive in our day-to-day and have been able to start investing our time in END.’s Continuous Integration and Deployment processes.”
Aris Boutselis and George Anagnostopoulos, DevOps Engineers at END.
Ancestry.com is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world. It operates a network of genealogical and historical records, as well as genetic genealogy websites.
“We have a real time and on-demand system. We have thousands of Amazon EC2 instances running; we have AWS Fargate instances running, sending logs into Cloudwatch. We pull those logs and we push them into our Kinesis stream for processing.”
Jim Bradshaw – Sr. Manager Platform Productivity & Tooling, Ancestry
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“Enterprise IT helped a large airline to run hundreds of complex machine learning predictions every day using containers and AWS Fargate. This allows the airline to meet their daily deadlines for data availability by running hundreds of R scripts inside of containers. This solution scales up during the morning processing window and is completely shut down outside of that, meaning the airline pays only for the processing they require - which would be extremely difficult to achieve on an equivalent on-premises infrastructure.”
Michael Ludvig, Principal Consultant, Enterprise IT
Klook is a world-leading travel activities and services booking platform, empowering travelers to discover and book on-demand local attractions, tours, transportation, food, and exclusive experiences in more than 350 destinations around the world.
“We started Klook with a vision to be the global leader in travel experiences, and we have always kept our technology solutions as streamlined as possible. Klook has also adapted the AWS approach to DevOps and software development, authorizing each team to move fast and release new ideas. Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate automatically balance team Docker resources, providing easy scalability. As a result, Klook has a highly secure platform that offloads a majority of its security defense and compliance certification.”
Bernie Xiong, CTO and Co-Founder of Klook
Product Hunt is an online platform that surfaces the best new products such as mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.
“The company wanted to migrate away from managing underlying infrastructure and needed to scale quickly, schedule multi-cluster workloads, and possess network-level control, and is now all in on AWS. Product Hunt’s website is architected as microservices and was developed using Ruby on Rails with a GraphQL backend and Node.js frontend. The company uses AWS Fargate to run its containers without managing servers or clusters and has been able to scale AWS Fargate to run 25 tasks at baseline in production. We moved to AWS Fargate because we need the ability to scale quickly up from baseline, run multi-container workloads, and get fine-grained network control without having to manage our own infrastructure.”
Korbin Hoffman, Engineering Lead, Product Hunt
Accenture is a multinational professional services company that provides services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology, and operations.
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“The pivot to AWS Fargate was driven mainly by efficiency and to better utilize runtime and improve memory utilization. It also had the benefit of driving cost down a little bit because of the way that we were running AWS Fargate. By using a container, we were able to just allocate enough for the entire account in that container. Plus, we could make more efficient choices around information that we already had about those accounts.”
Tom Myers, Sr. Cloud Architect, Accenture