Eliminating Infrastructure Drift and Reducing RTO From Days To Minutes
Merging infrastructure management with the application build pipeline brings development & operations together. That sounds like DevOps.
The Government Superannuation Fund Authority is an autonomous Crown Entity, established in October 2001. Its functions are to manage and administer the Government Superannuation Fund and the GSF Schemes in accordance with the Government Superannuation Fund Act of 1956. Sentify works closely with the organisation to maintain and support the administration solution necessary to effectively manage the funds in AWS and execute the vital work GSF does every day.
After several years of infrastructure drift, lack of documentation, and the ongoing maintenance of its tech, GSF was in an infrastructure gridlock. They had no confidence within their organisation to make changes to their infrastructure. The idea of turning off infrastructure that was not being regularly used was unthinkable and there was no ability to take advantage of any new native technologies. Leadership also feared that a corrupted or failed resource would require several days to rebuild from scratch, which would have a major impact on their business operations.
Sentify built up a robust set of version-controlled infrastructure. Our focus was to create a rich set of unit and deployment tests that could provision and verify the full solution within 90 mins. These provided the building blocks to begin leveraging native AWS resources with confidence, reduce maintenance effort, and have the flexibility to turn off systems that were not in use, which saved compute costs.