Why Amazon Web Services and Basefarm?
Farmforce chose AWS as its business platform, but wanted a partner to take responsibility for solutions and operations. After a comprehensive selection process the AWS partner Basefarm was chosen. Responsibility for AWS was transferred to Basefarm which has a strong presence within mission-critical cloud operations in Europe.
Farmforce supplies its software solutions as SaaS (Software as a Service). AWS’s global cloud provides accessibility in the emerging markets in which the company operates. In this way, the solutions are made available in real time to the very large number of users. It is not only accessibility that is important, but also the rapid response time that AWS offers.
The spread of customers and users across large areas of the globe also entails syncing significant data volumes to places where mobile networks have limited data capacity. Farmforce wanted to avoid this becoming a bottleneck for its expansion plans. Basefarm was assigned a pivotal role in leveraging AWS even more intelligently – including in terms of capacity and range – which has contributed to Farmforce’s continued solid growth.
Farmforce has access to Basefarm’s Guided Operations service that provides operational advice on how to leverage and access AWS’s comprehensive range of services, including infrastructure, core and platform services, technical and business support, management, automation and monitoring. Basefarm is also building and managing IaC for the customer’s AWS infrastructure. Through the Frontline Operations service, Basefarm monitors its customers’ systems with AWS 24/7/365. The services include ensuring maximum uptime for Farmforce’s systems.
Compliance and the secure handling of personal data are also important areas for Farmforce.
Farmforce uses a number of core services from Amazon. Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling groups are used to ensure availability and performance, and AWS ASG spins up EC2 instances, i.e. VMs – virtual machines. In front of this, there is load balancing, using AWS Elastic Load Balancing to distribute inbound application traffic across multiple services, such as Amazon EC2 and containers. The Application Load Balancer distribution service has a key role in its capacity as a modern load balancer for online services. The Amazon ECS container solution provides a way to run containers in the AWS cloud in parallel with the other services Farmforce uses. As a result, Farmforce gains a comprehensive service layer in a single cloud and an area with VMs and containers in the same location.
The Amazon RDS database cloud gives Farmforce rapid access to new databases and scaling up of existing ones, whether for storage or performance reasons.