Hybrid Cloud Transforms Satellite Broadcaster

Case Study: Business, Product, Operations Transformed at Largest US Operator

At A Glance

Unitas Global (Solinea) architected a hybrid cloud solution (integrating both private and AWS public cloud), and at the same time, transformed their development and automation processes to take advantage of the new platform.

The Challenge

A leading satellite broadcaster was faced with a highly seasonal workload and a static infrastructure. At the same time, they anticipated a surge in end users based on planned product changes. Their infrastructure was not suited to support the anticipated demand. Cost projections as well as timelines made “doing the same thing” not a viable option. However, manual processes coupled with organizational silos meant that doing something new entailed not just technical challenges but also process challenges as well. The customer needed a new way of developing and operating its infrastructure.

The Solution

To meet the anticipated spike in demand, the customer decided on a hybrid solution that spanned both public and private cloud platforms. Unitas Global architected a solution that was optimized to leverage both an on-premise private cloud along with the ability to scale to a public cloud provider as needed. A review of their application portfolio allowed Unitas to highlight the application stacks that would add the most value in the near term. In addition, Unitas worked with internal teams to develop streamlined, agile operational processes.

Results

  • The impact of these changes were seen across all departments, including engineering, software development and operations teams.
  • A pilot hybrid cloud was architected to support OpenStack and Amazon Web Services.
  • A cloud governance model was also included as part of this solution. This model was intended to enable agile communications between the departments. As part of this solution, Solinea worked closely with application development teams to develop a new workflow that enabled faster delivery of code to production systems. This was designed to meet the audit and approval processes that had been established at the customer. It also included a wide range of changes including the implementation of a first-generation end CI/CD tool chain enabling the new DevOps process to succeed.
  • In addition, training was developed for both developers and operations staff to be able to successfully adopt this new approach. Once completed, this opened the gateway to the evaluation of container technology, enabling the creation of micro services for all green field applications.

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