2023. november 10.

Revolutionizing Legacy Infrastructure: Modernizing and Containerizing the Drupal Web Service of the Courts of Hungary

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Bene Ádám
Cloud engineer

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, businesses and organizations are constantly seeking ways to optimize their online presence, streamline operations, and cut costs. One recent success story stands out, as we recount how we transformed the Courts' archaic Drupal web service, migrating it from its old Rackforest home to the cutting-edge AWS Lightsail, and eventually to the powerful AWS ECS. Along the way, we also revamped their search functionality, transitioning from Solr to the robust AWS OpenSearch, and ensured data integrity by containerizing their MySQL database into AWS RDS. This revolutionary journey not only aligned with cost and time frames but also set a new standard for modernization.

Key Challenges

The Courts' was burdened by their outdated infrastructure. Their legacy setup was not only expensive to maintain but also lacked the scalability and performance required to meet the growing demands of their user base. Furthermore, their existing search solution, Solr, had become a bottleneck, and their MySQL database was far from optimal in a world dominated by cloud-native technologies.

Implementation Highlights

  • The Transformation Begins: To address these challenges, the Courts' teamed up with us. We embarked on an ambitious project to revolutionize their infrastructure, improve performance, and deliver feature enhancements.
  • Migrating to AWS Lightsail: Our first move was to migrate the Courts' web service to AWS Lightsail, because time was a crucial factor. This lightweight, yet powerful, cloud platform offered scalability and reliability without breaking the bank. The transition was seamless, ensuring minimal disruption to their operations.
  • Transitioning to AWS ECS: To take advantage of containerization and orchestration, we then modernized or replaced the services used by the Courts so that it supports the services of AWS. Now the containers run on AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS.) This decision not only enhanced their application's reliability but also allowed for automated scaling, making it easier to handle traffic spikes efficiently.
  • Ushering in AWS OpenSearch: with the bottleneck of Solr removed, we integrated AWS OpenSearch as the new search solution. This cloud-native search service ensured lightning-fast and reliable search capabilities, essential for the success of the Courts'.

Key results

  • One of the most impressive aspects of this transformation was how well it aligned with the Courts' strict budget and timeframe. By leveraging cost-effective AWS services, we managed to keep the project's financial impact to a minimum. Additionally, the seamless migration process ensured that the Courts' experienced minimal downtime during the transition.
  • The story of how the Courts' Drupal web service was modernized and containerized, from the depths of a VPS provider to the clouds of AWS Lightsail and ECS, is a testament to the power of technology and innovation. By embracing cutting-edge solutions like AWS OpenSearch and AWS RDS, we improved their platform's performance, reliability and ease of maintenance\. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, stories like this highlight the endless possibilities for businesses willing to adapt and transform.
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