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High-growth SaaS company Accloud builds for scale on Google Cloud Platform

30 November 2020
Customer

Accloud is a SaaS company which provides micro-SMEs in high-growth markets with the management tools, trading opportunities and access to the capital they need to succeed.

Challenge

Their infrastructure was hosted with traditional Bare Metal hosting with limited ability to scale. They needed a platform that could keep pace with their growth.

Solution

Working in partnership with Accloud, CTS re-architected and migrated the core software platform over to GCP in under six weeks.

Business

 

Accloud is a SaaS company which provides micro-SMEs in high-growth markets with the management tools, trading opportunities and access to the capital they need to succeed.

The business provides SMEs with the software they need to grow, covering everything from inventory and accounting management to tax compliance.

Headquartered in the UK, Accloud is now rolling out its platform in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

Challenge

 

Accloud’s long-term business strategy is to drive its growth by entering new markets around the world. In order to do this, the company needed a scalable platform that could keep pace with the growth of the business.

Accloud’s existing IT infrastructure was hosted with traditional Bare Metal hosting with limited ability to scale beyond vertical scaling achieved through manual processes. As a fast-growing business, this was not a sustainable or desirable long term solution.

The Accloud team sought a dedicated GCP specialist to understand their business and technical challenges and use that information to design, build and support a solution that meets the businesses global scaling needs. They wanted a partner that understood both technology and change, and would help them to upskill their own teams along the way.

Solution

 

Working in partnership with Accloud, CTS re-architected and migrated the core software platform over to GCP in under six weeks.

This involved the use of Google’s managed Kubernetes offering, GKE, as the core underpinning technology. The new platform follows a repeatable and scalable Infrastructure as Code (IaC) design principle allowing Accloud to grow into additional territories globally with minimal IT effort - whilst still adhering to regulatory requirements. The CTS IaC workflow, which utilises Terraform, provides the clear path for deployment and maintainability required to operate at this scale.

Streamlining the Accloud software development processes was an early objective of the project. CTS built a robust and efficient Continuous Integration and Development (CI/CD) pipeline using a Gitops methodology. This improved developer productivity and reduced their time to release to seconds, while giving the Accloud development team confidence in their deployment pipeline and testing framework.

Post-implementation, CTS now manages the growth and maintenance of the platform allowing Accloud to focus on adding business value to their customers and products.

Ian Beard, Senior Software Developer at Accloud, said: “From our first conversations with CTS, I was confident they would be the right partner for us. They were professional and proved they were GCP experts.

“We had been working with another provider prior to CTS, but I wasn’t confident that we were moving forward in the right direction for our business with them. We decided to approach CTS to see what they could offer us and they immediately demonstrated that they understood our company and what we were trying to achieve. From that point on, I was fully confident that we were both working towards the same goal.

“Moving to GCP as our cloud platform was vital for our scalability. We knew we needed to move to a new platform that had more flexibility and GCP was the best fit for our business. This migration means we’re now prepared for the future and can fulfil our growth ambitions.”

 

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