The company creates educational learning games to help K-6 students learn and understand difficult math concepts such as number sense, place value, mental arithmetic, multiplication, fractions, the number line, and estimation. The platform uses adaptive technology to enable learners to build math fluency, conceptual understanding, and a love of challenge.
Education technology, learning games
Building reliable, scalable infrastructure in the cloud with zero latency.
DevOps, cloud infrastructure, security, 24x7 support, change management
nClouds has been an invaluable collaborator as the team brought the right skills to design and then help us transition to a new, more secure and scalable AWS infrastructure. They introduced nOps, giving instant visibility into changes in our AWS infrastructure, identified issues that we needed to address as we prepared for millions more users, and is now integrated into our workflows. And now the nClouds team supports our infrastructure 24/7."Director of Engineering, "Game Developer"
Since 2010, the company has been creating fun learning games that let kids play with numbers. The company's first product earned a coveted industry educational gaming award, and a rigorous efficacy study found the game improved test scores by 15% and attitudes towards fractions by 10%.
Initially, the company had all their environments in a single VPC, which created a variety of challenges as the company began to grow:
To address these issues, the company started looking for a solution that would enable better access control to critical resources in their environment, and allow them to scale their infrastructure up and down based on usage. As an education technology company, they considered it crucial to have strong private information protections and achieve zero latency with the new solution for a positive user experience.
In 2017, the company began collaborating with nClouds, a Premier Consulting Partner of the AWS Partner Network (APN), to address their challenges. The technical team at the company was already using Amazon RDS as their relational database on AWS. However, they needed a robust infrastructure that would enable secure testing, continuous delivery of new features, and auto-scaling for performance optimization. They also needed better visibility into changes made to their AWS infrastructure.
The nClouds team provided technical guidance, management, and execution as the gaming company's business continued to grow, as well as 24x7 365-day support for their infrastructure. Plus, the company's team uses nOps Change Management from nClouds, a SaaS tool for modern change management, to support change authorizations, compliance, and cost management for their AWS environment.
The new environment contains a Utility VPC and Application VPC, in addition to two private subnets for improved access control. The solution helps the company scale their infrastructure up and down based on needs, and perform tests without exposing sensitive customer information to public subnets.
Teaming with nClouds, the company moved to a highly secure, scalable, and effective infrastructure in the cloud. The project has yielded several benefits:
The company can now control who can access their cloud resources by leveraging private subnets, VPCs, and VPNs.
Auto-scaling capabilities enable the company to scale their infrastructure within minutes.
The company now has a zero-latency infrastructure that offers a consistently better user experience to customers.
They now have better visibility into all changes taking place within their environment.
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