Company Overview
Dress4win is a web-based company that helps their users organize and manage their personal wardrobe using a webapp and mobile application. The
company also cultivates an active social network that connects their users with designers and retailers. They monetize their services through
advertising, e-commerce, referrals, and a freemium app model. The application has grown from a few servers in the founder’s garage to several
hundred servers and appliances in a colocated data center. However, the capacity of their infrastructure is now insufficient for the application’s rapid
growth. Because of this growth and the company’s desire to innovate faster, Dress4Win is committing to a full migration to a public cloud.
Solution Concept
For the first phase of their migration to the cloud, Dress4win is moving their development and test environments. They are also building a disaster
recovery site, because their current infrastructure is at a single location. They are not sure which components of their architecture they can migrate as
is and which components they need to change before migrating them.
Existing Technical Environment
The Dress4win application is served out of a single data center location. All servers run Ubuntu LTS v16.04.
MySQL. 1 server for user data, inventory, static data:

  • MySQL 5.8
  • 8 core CPUs
  • 128 GB of RAM
  • 2x 5 TB HDD (RAID 1)
    Redis 3 server cluster for metadata, social graph, caching. Each server is:
  • Redis 3.2
  • 4 core CPUs
  • 32GB of RAM
    40 Web Application servers providing micro-services based APIs and static content.
  • Tomcat – Java
  • Nginx
  • 4 core CPUs
  • 32 GB of RAM
    20 Apache Hadoop/Spark servers:
  • Data analysis
  • Real-time trending calculations
  • 8 core CPUS
  • 128 GB of RAM
  • 4x 5 TB HDD (RAID 1)
    3 RabbitMQ servers for messaging, social notifications, and events:
  • 8 core CPUs
  • 32GB of RAM
    Miscellaneous servers:
  • Jenkins, monitoring, bastion hosts, security scanners
  • 8 core CPUs
  • 32GB of RAM
    Storage appliances:
    iSCSI for VM hosts
    Fiber channel SAN – MySQL databases
  • 1 PB total storage; 400 TB available
    NAS – image storage, logs, backups
  • 100 TB total storage; 35 TB available
    Business Requirements
    Build a reliable and reproducible environment with scaled parity of production.
    Improve security by defining and adhering to a set of security and Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices for cloud.
    Improve business agility and speed of innovation through rapid provisioning of new resources.
    Analyze and optimize architecture for performance in the cloud.
    Technical Requirements
    Easily create non-production environment in the cloud.
    Implement an automation framework for provisioning resources in cloud.
    Implement a continuous deployment process for deploying applications to the on-premises datacenter or cloud.
    Support failover of the production environment to cloud during an emergency.
    Encrypt data on the wire and at rest.
    Support multiple private connections between the production data center and cloud environment.
    Executive Statement
    Our investors are concerned about our ability to scale and contain costs with our current infrastructure. They are also concerned that a competitor
    could use a public cloud platform to offset their up-front investment and free them to focus on developing better features. Our traffic patterns are highest
    in the mornings and weekend evenings; during other times, 80% of our capacity is sitting idle.
    Our capital expenditure is now exceeding our quarterly projections. Migrating to the cloud will likely cause an initial increase in spending, but we expect
    to fully transition before our next hardware refresh cycle. Our total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis over the next 5 years for a public cloud strategy
    achieves a cost reduction between 30% and 50% over our current model.

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