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Client Spotlight: How Datapipe Migrated VSCO’s Artifact Uprising to AWS

We’re proud of the great work we do for our clients across many industry verticals. Recently we took a look at VSCO, an Oakland-based company that empowers people everywhere to create, discover and connect through its photography apps. Today, I’d like to dive even deeper into their migration, and see just how we moved VSCO’s Artifact Uprising from a non-native environment to AWS.

Artifact Uprising was acquired by VSCO in 2015. They were using a non-native environment, but didn’t feel the technology was right for them. With more than 30 million monthly active users across its platform accessing more than 5 billion images, the infrastructure had to be perfect.

It was time to move to a next generation architecture, and Datapipe’s DualSpark team was the perfect partner to help Artifact Uprising reach new levels. In their original environment, they weren’t able to scale, and couldn’t enjoy the benefits of MSP hosting. The Artifact Uprising DevOps team has experience with Chef—of which Datapipe is a certified partner–but when it came time to migrate, our DualSpark unit came in and ensured Artifact Uprising’s migration was seamless.

There were two environments to work with: Artifact Uprising Mobile and Artifact Uprising Web. We sent a team onsite to utilize Chef in order to power configuration management, which we then assisted in migrating over to the cloud. One of the keys the DevOps team wanted to focus on was automation, so a main priority for DualSpark was setting up automation rules for Artifact Uprising’s team to use in their new environment. Through coaching and training, we were able to not only successfully migrate Artifact Uprising to AWS, but we also made sure they were familiar with the ins and outs of their new environment.

Along with Chef, we utilized a pair of tools that are a terrific combination for any business moving to a next generation architecture: Vagrant and Packer. Vagrant is an easy way to have a virtual development environment on a machine–the tool mimics what the end user sees, so Artifact Uprising can have the same experience that their customers have, and can quickly make adjustments as needed.

Once the environment is developed and built, Packer is the next step. It packs things up and ships it into the real world. Of course, the process doesn’t end there. With the knowledge gained from our team and the automation we helped establish, VSCO’s Artifact Uprising has streamlined its entire process and can provide even better service to its customers.

The new AWS environment is faster, more reliable, and less expensive. For a brand that a lot of people count on, that’s invaluable. We’re happy to have worked with VSCO and Artifact Uprising, and look forward to all they achieve in the future. For more, visit our case studies page.

About Richard Dolan

Richard Dolan
As Datapipe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Rich is responsible for developing and driving Datapipe’s world class marketing team and ensuring Datapipe stays ahead of the curve with product development and client support. Rich has been with Datapipe for more than 15 years and has seen the company evolve into a leading, global MSP. Rich writes about Datapipe news, Datapipe clients, business strategies, and also provides insight into the company’s partnerships with AWS, Microsoft, Equinix, and others.

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