Penn Foster

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Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Penn Foster's CTO required a migration of the company’s key learning platform applications to AWS in order to facilitate a data center consolidation. Penn Foster also desired to decrease cost while achieving greater reliability and resiliency, reduce risk in the deployment process, and utilize services to decrease management overhead.

OPPORTUNITY

Chief Technology Officer at Penn Foster, required a migration of the company’s key learning platform applications to AWS to facilitate a data center consolidation. The solution required the expertise of an experienced cloud partner in AWS architecture and best practices. As an Advanced AWS Consulting Partner, Relus Cloud was selected to complete the replatform and re-architect of the learning management platform on AWS, built with best practices to scale and grow as adoption increases.

SOLUTION

Relus Cloud team performed a full platform assessment to inform the reference architecture design for Penn Foster based on AWS best practices. The team then built and implemented the AWS foundation including VPC setup, configuring VLANs, elastic load balancing setup and configuration, security group configuration, and configuring logging and auditing. The team completed the build of a data tier including database (DB) servers (RDS or EC2) and AMIs for the DB servers. The Relus Cloud team also provided an application and web tier, including web servers (EC2) and AMIs.

With the goal of moving the application over to AWS, a comprehensive migration plan was created to include a high-level AWS architecture design, migration timeline, detailed application architecture, a series of AWS planning workshops, the migration of instances for each application, templates for reference architectures and the complete migration of data to AWS. A PCI compliance framework was also developed to ensure access between the database and web application were secured and controlled. Relus Cloud leveraged multiple AWS services, including Amazon EC2, SQL Server on Amazon RDS, VPC.

BENEFITS

As the leader in online and blended learning education programs, Penn Foster saw a need to migrate their core learning management application to AWS, allowing them to increase agility during peak periods and scale as adoption for the application grows. Penn Foster also decreased costs and improved application reliability. The move to AWS has been so successful for the first workload, Penn Foster is actively replatforming additional workloads to AWS.