IoT, Refrigerant Management and AWS

“Ubertas Consulting have been an essential partner in this critical project” said David Griffin, Development & I.T. Manager at Parasense Limited.

About Parasense, part of the Bacharach Company

Parasense

 

Parasense provides innovative, sustainable solutions to help customers address their refrigerant, energy and resource management challenges. Offering customers the full benefit of industrial knowledge and expertise to help make the most informed decisions, so they can achieve their performance and sustainability goals.

Parasense has achieved a number of industry awards ranging from supplier awards to the military and marine in the United States, to more recent product awards for the Parasense software. The Parasense Refrigerant Management software has been highly commended in the refrigeration industry awards.

The Challenge

Parasense hosted the web services they provide to their customer base on premise, using mainly HP rack mounted servers, UPSs, back-up and VPN appliances.

Underpinning the web-services was a proprietary code base and SQL databases. The web services were designed to provide high-level through to low-level views of data collected from both Parasense and third- party equipment within each customers network.

Data collection occurs every 5 minutes and the received data is stored in the SQL databases before being processed at 15-minute intervals into higher level data, also then stored in the SQL databases. The result was large and almost constantly changing database content.

In 2018-2019 Parasense developed a new web service platform, hosted entirely in AWS and this was working well, though the Parasense in-house knowledge and experience of working with AWS was limited.

Parasense, a Bacharach company, were faced with a UK site closure, following a business restructuring process undertaken by their parent company. The planned site closure was the end of first quarter 2020.

Parasense engaged with Ubertas Consulting via an “AWSome day” event in late June 2019, with a goal of migrating all on-premise web-services related infrastructure into AWS before end of the first quarter 2020.

The Approach

Following an initial review of the Parasense  on-premise environment and associated code and customer equipment networks, Ubertas Consulting worked to plan out a well-architected AWS infrastructure to provide the same services at minimum cost and with sufficient resilience and ease of maintenance.

The initial planning phase of the project commenced as part of a Well-Architected Framework review conducted in October 2019.

The planning resulted in a set of initial designs and an approach to the project which delivered the end-to-end migration over to AWS,  and transfer knowledge to the Parasense/Bacharach team.

The delivery of the project was a joint team exercise with clear lines of responsibility:

  • Ubertas Consulting delivered the planning and prototyping tasks before completing a base AWS deployment and the migration of VQAM Core, O2 and Wholefoods related environments. Knowledge transfer and training of the Parasense team was also carried out during this activity;
  • Parasense delivered all remaining workloads including Brookshires, Giant Eagle, Gracechurch, Greenyard; and other internal environments;

Ubertas Consulting performed two (2) Well-Architected Framework Reviews during the course of this project to measure alignment of the target environments to AWS best-practice.

The Benefits

The successful delivery of the end-to-end project delivered a number of technical and business benefits to Parasense:

  • An on-time and on-budget migration from the on-premise platforms over to AWS;
  • Successful knowledge transfer and training activity significantly improve the skill-sets of the Parasense technical team;
  • A best-practice implementation based on the principles of the AWS Well-Architected Framework;
  • Reduced cost of the underlying applications portfolio;
  • Improved security, resiliency and performance of business critical applications through the adoption of AWS Cloud services;
  • The building of a true business and technical partnership founded on trust, joint working, mutual understanding, communication and a goal to deliver a world-class solution to host the Parasense applications portfolio taking into account their global clients requirement for the continued delivery exceptional service.

“Ubertas Consulting have been an essential partner in this critical project. Their professionalism, technical expertise, commitment, fairness and good humour has been evident throughout. Whilst the project had many challenges (show me a project which doesn’t), they have always actively worked with us to help navigate a way through. John, Steven, Andy and Adrian have worked tirelessly to get this project over the line and the end result is that we have our web services live in AWS in a form that we understand and can easily maintain.” said David Griffin, Development & I.T. Manager at Parasense Limited.

Through a structured process of applying the principles of Well-Architected, Parasense is now well placed to operate at scale and continue to innovate, evolving their solutions on AWS.

AWS Services

Product Area Service
AWS Cost Management
  • AWS Budgets
  • Reserved Instances for RDS & EC2
Compute
  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon EC2 Autoscaling
  • AWS Lambda
Storage
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
  • AWS Back-Up
Management & Governance
  • Amazon Cloudwatch
  • AWS Autoscaling
  • AWS Command Line Interface
  • AWS Organizations
  • AWS Well Architected Tool
  • CloudTrail
  • AWS Single Sign-On
  • Certificate Manager
  • Directory Service
  • Trusted Advisor
  • Systems Manager
Networking & Content Delivery
  • Amazon VPC
  • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
  • Transit Gateway
  • Site-to-Site VPN
Security, Identity & Compliance
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Database
  • Database Migration Service
  • RDS Aurora for MySQL

 

AWS Well-Architected Framework Partner Program

When designing and building Cloud platforms on AWS customers can benefit from the best practices driven from thousands of deployments across and embodied in the Well-Architected Framework.  Aligning to the Well-Architected Framework often starts with a review and Ubertas Consulting provide this service to customers at zero charge/cost as our commitment to the program.

About Ubertas Consulting

Ubertas Consulting is a Cloud consultancy specializing in Amazon Web Services.

As an Advanced Partner, AWS Channel Reseller (Solution Provider Program) and Well-Architected Framework Program Partner, our mission is to assist customers utilise the AWS Cloud in a way that aligns to best practice.

Our consultancy services span the breadth of AWS technologies and range from advisory through to full implementation as we assist customers in applying the foundations of Well-Architected to migrate and operate their mission critical workloads in the Cloud.

To find out more about Ubertas Consulting and take your next steps to being Well Architected visit us at www.ubertasconsulting.com or contact us at info@ubertasconsulting.com.