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PartyLite is the world’s #1 party plan company selling candles, candle holders, flameless fragrance and wax warmers and holiday and home décor in 21 countries online, and through nearly 52,000 independent PartyLite business entrepreneurs.

With over $425 million in worldwide sales annually, PartyLite reached an inflection point in their business, and realized they needed assistance maintaining their requirements for uptime, management, and PCI compliance. With Logicworks’ support, PartyLite now delivers their e-Commerce application on AWS in strict accordance with PCI compliance regulations without sacrificing scalability and high-availability for their mission critical infrastructure. Due to the success of this project, PartyLite has migrated additional applications to AWS with Logicworks.

Watch a replay of the joint AWS + Logicworks webinar: “How PartyLite Migrated to AWS in 30 Days”

CHALLENGES

  • Previous MSP suddenly ceased operations, leaving small IT staff to handle designing, implementation, and monitoring of AWS environment
  • Continuing to meet strict PCI requirements on a new infrastructure platform
  • Downtime associated with sudden spikes in traffic at end of each month/holiday shopping season
  • Latency associated with production environment located in Northern Virginia with end-users primarily in Europe

SOLUTION

  • Managed Amazon Web Services
  • Logicworks’ 24x7x365 NOC providing engineering support for monitoring, maintenance, alerts, and engineering reviews
  • Implement PCI best practices and security tools to keep AWS environment secure and compliant
  • Infrastructure as code implementation with AWS CloudFormation and Puppet
  • Elimination of single points of failure by distributing right-sized resources across availability zones, while implementing advanced DevOps and auto-scaling to increase application availability
  • Deploy new environment in EU Region (Ireland) to reduce latency to end-users, while using cloud formation templates to increase application portability for future deployments in new regions

RESULTS

Partylite migrated to AWS in 30 days with zero downtime. Rather than hiring a team of engineers, Partylite relied on Logicworks to reduce operational costs, improve operational efficiency, and create consistent, repeatable infrastructure as code. End-customers experienced better shopping with lower latency, particularly for end-users in Europe. The total time from migration to operations was greatly reduced as a result of Logicworks’ project management and experience.

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