22, May, 2019

Gogo migrates to AWS, eyes real-time knowledge processing

In-flight WiFi supplier Gogo is shedding its knowledge facilities and migrating its infrastructure to Amazon Internet Companies. Gogo mentioned the full cloud migration will enable the corporate to scale all facets of its enterprise, from the variety of airways it might assist to how briskly it might course of stream knowledge. 

Nearly all of Gogo’s infrastructure migration is already accomplished, the corporate mentioned, with all business-critical databases, together with funds, orders, consumer administration, and backend providers, shifting from Oracle databases to Amazon Aurora. Gogo mentioned its final knowledge middle was shut down two weeks in the past and that it is already utilizing a bevy of AWS providers, together with analytics, serverless, database, and storage.

“Our AWS story is tightly aligned with our enterprise trajectory,” mentioned Ravi Balwada, SVP of software program growth at Gogo. “We have now been consuming AWS merchandise for business choices for 3 years. Over the past 12 months we accelerated our migration to AWS. The rationale and the timing are in lock step with how enterprise is rising.” 

Along with offering in-flight leisure and WiFi service to passengers, Gogo additionally gathers details about passengers utilizing its providers, applies analytics to the info, and churns out insights that assist airways enhance experiences. However as in-flight connectivity improves — largely by means of Gogo’s 2Ku expertise, which hit peak antenna speeds of 70 Mbps — Gogo mentioned airways are more and more wanting to leverage that connectivity to handle ancillary methods on planes and bolster security and upkeep operations.  

“We offer hyperlink within the chain that enables for a richer quantity to be transmitted and AWS permits us to have a safe touchdown spot for that knowledge, to do edge processing, and to have methods that may deal with the volatility of our wants and reap the benefits of serverless expertise,” mentioned Balwada. 

On the safety facet, Balwada mentioned Gogo can also be utilizing the migration as a means to enhance safety and perceive client behaviors.  

“We’re rigorous about ensuring solely approved, acknowledged units can hook up with the web,” he mentioned. “To try this we now have constructed controls and have required us to reinforce our safety analytics platform, not just for floor methods however these on the plane.”

Trying forward, Gogo is hoping to leverage the AWS migration to course of knowledge streams in close to actual time — a feat the corporate expects will open new enterprise and progress alternatives as connectivity continues to enhance.

“We’re closely targeted on the info and having the ability to course of the streams of knowledge coming from an plane and having these out there for the primary time for companies on the bottom,” mentioned Balwada. 

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