WHAT ICON WANTED
Migrate data from physical servers to the Cloud
Improved fault tolerance
More flexible, scalable infrastructure
Reduce costs for data storage
WHY ICON CHOSE AGOSTO
Icon met with teams from Amazon Web Services and Google to explore their cloud services. The decision ultimately came down to price structure and services when they chose Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
At Google’s recommendation, Icon contacted Agosto, a tier 1 Google Cloud Partner for their significant experience in helping companies migrate data to GCP.
A quick and seamless transition – Agosto migrated Icon’s web and mobile data from physical servers at Rackspace to GCP.
Updated infrastructure – Agosto moved Icon’s data out of an environment that was susceptible to outages and issues.
Cost savings – Icon significantly reduced hosting fees by going Google.
Increased failover protection – uptime has been 100% since moving to Google.
Icon Parking is the largest parking facility operator in Manhattan with over 300 special locations and more than 50 years of experience. Icon Parking and Quik Park are part of Citizens Parking, the leader in branded parking services, with five brands, 8,000 associates and 1,200 locations across the United States. Approximately one million cars use Citizens Parking lots every day.
GCP and Agosto
Icon evaluated Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). While both solutions had positive attributes, Google came in as the clear winner for the wide variety of services they offer and for the cost savings compared to Amazon. Once Icon decided to ‘go Google’ they brought in Agosto. With Agosto’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of GCP, a seamless transition was made in less than one month.
“Agosto took the time to understand Icon’s needs – both immediate and long-term – and made strategic recommendations that would allow us to expand and contract our IT infrastructure as needed,” said Jeffrey Rader, Director of Technology at Icon and Quik Park.
Icon’s contract with Rackspace was going to expire, giving Agosto a 30-day window in which to migrate data from 12 physical servers to GCP. The Agosto project team created a blueprint that laid out a comprehensive plan, including the software that would be used to transfer data from Rackspace to GCP; the configuration and size of servers; and improvements such as a load balancer to ensure that users would be unaffected by any interruptions on a server, be it for maintenance or unplanned downtime. In addition, Icon needed to transition from a local configuration of MySQL to Cloud-based SQL-as-a-Service (SQLaaS).
For enhanced data continuity, Agosto recommended that Icon store its data in two separate zones within one region. This strategy provides protection from data being compromised by a natural disaster or malicious intervention.
A seamless transition to the cloud
Cutover was as simple as flipping a switch for Icon
A flawless user experience for customers
Google provides a faster load time and more reliable system
25% decrease in monthly hosting fees
No more downtime for servers
Uptime has been 100% since migrating
Real time updates
IT department can diagnose issues and increase performance by changing specifications in real time
Servers can be added on-demand as future needs dictate