Independent migrates from legacy data centre into AWS

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Independent Media is one of South Africa’s leading multi-platform content companies, including 20 of the country’s most prominent newspapers as well as Independent Online, popularly known as IOL, one of the largest news and information websites in South Africa.

AWS enabled us to migrate off our legacy hardware, reduce our costs and improve our availability” Mahomed Doola, IT Head, Independent Media


  • Needed to migrate off hardware and software which was end of life
  • Needed the ability to scale rapidly, lower infrastructure costs, reduce risk and enhance disaster recovery capability


  • Migrated over 50 servers , 200 workspaces, website and editorial systems from an on premise data centre to AWS into a hybrid cloud deployment model
  • Decommissioned legacy server footprint and deployed over 50 servers into AWS into a hybrid Active Directory enable cloud solution
  • Migrated over 200 legacy Citrix clients to AWS Workspaces
  • Migrated website eco-system, serving 18 million pages views per month to AWS
  • Migrated all back-end news, editorial and print management systems to AWS
  • Archived 3.8TB of data, consisting of 2.8 million files into S3 for long term storage
  • Implemented robust software development lifecycle practice using AWS
  • Using Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Elastic Beanstalk, VPC, Workspaces, Direct Connect and Amazon Cloudfront


  • Reduced hosting costs by 80%
  • Moved to a consumption based OPEX model without having to re-invest significant CAPEX on refreshing aged on-premise equipment
  • Improved availability, mitigated risk and reduced hosting costs significantly while moving from a CAPEX to an OPEX model

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On June 27, 2015

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