Taos played a pivotal role in the migration’s success for Finalsite
Finalsite’s marketing and communications platform and consulting services transform how universities and schools engage with community members, recruit students and staff, and fundraise, while managing the complex requirements around data privacy, accessibility, hosting, and security. The company sought to migrate from its on-premises hardware to prepare for customer growth, placing a priority on cost-effectiveness, scalability, and the ability to maintain a reliable international presence
Finalsite works with education clients around the world and wanted a back-end platform that could support its international footprint. Along with high costs and requiring a considerable staff time for routine administration, the company’s legacy on-premises hardware was based only in the U.S. and offered limited room to support anticipated growth. If Finalsite was to build a comparable physical data center outside of the U.S. to better serve international customers, the effort would have potentially cost the company millions of dollars.
With Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Finalsite has a robust infrastructure that offers scalability while streamlining operating costs and management. Google Kubernetes Engine provides versatile containerization support, while Compute Engine creates performance gains. PostgreSQL on Cloud SQL, Cloud Storage, Container Registry, and Stackdriver provide additional datastore and administrative support. G Suite is also used by Finalsite staff members to improve productivity and collaboration across teams.
Google Cloud Premier Partner Taos played a pivotal role in the migration’s success for Finalsite, taking a lift-and-shift approach that integrated with the company’s existing technology while minimizing disruption. Taos also solved key challenges for Finalsite that included developing a structure for the company’s rearchitecting strategy and providing technical expertise around GCP data, routing, and container solutions.
“Taos saved us months of work through their expertise with Google Cloud Platform including Kubernetes,” says Robert Widmer, Senior Systems Architect at Finalsite. “We now have a more solid foundation that runs smoothly and does not require our team to constantly monitor with high-touch.”
- Complex requirements around privacy
- Infrastructure Modernization
- Google Cloud Platform
- Google Kubernetes Engine
- Compute Engine
- Cloud SQL
- Cloud Storage
- Container Registry
- Reduces hardware costs by replacing on-premises systems with Google Cloud Platform solutions
- Simplifies compliance strategy for regulations including GDPR with international GCP footprint
- Improves platform performance via move to more scalable infrastructure
Simplifies management for 1,200+ customer sites
About The Client
Finalsite is a global leader in SaaS web solutions and digital marketing for the education industry, serving over 2,000 schools in more than 80 countries. Based in Glastonbury, Connecticut and founded in 1998, Finalsite delivers best-in-class design and software solutions that help education institutions attract and retain families, simplify school-to-home communications, and engage alumni and donors.
Taos, headquartered in San Jose, California, empowers enterprises to operate efficiently, rapidly innovate, and scale their business. As a comprehensive Technology Solutions Partner for over 30 years, Taos simplifies today’s complex digital landscape by providing strategic guidance and technical expertise while implementing transformative solutions. We specialize in consulting, migration, and 24x7x365 operations powered by our Cloud and DevOps practices. For more information, please visit taos.com.
By using GCP, Finalsite has benefitted from cost savings on multiple fronts. In addition to lower hardware operating costs, streamlined GCP administration reduces the time IT staff spends on basic upkeep, allowing the team to focus on longer-term development and platform innovation. The international reach of GCP also gives Finalsite a platform for worldwide growth and helps the company maintain compliance for regional regulations such as GDPR.