Norwegian online marketing marketplace finishes cloud migration in a single night after months of hold-up due to the pandemic
- Gerard O’Dwyer
Published: 02 Mar 2021 9: 53
Norway’s leading online marketplace for classified marketing has finished its migration to the cloud following hold-ups brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Schibsted media group-owned Finn.no (FINN) moved 850 microservices to the cloud following a focused push by management to complete the job regardless of a prolonged Covid-related hold-up.
The migration involved moving FINN’s high-traffic site from an on-premise datacentre to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in an over night transfer. The dispersed system comprised more than 800 applications, 145 databases, 16 TB of data and 183 virtual devices. FINN’s migration technique included a compact downtime window to minimise disruption to its online market platforms.
FINN selected Kubernetes as its open source container orchestration platform in 2016, which strengthened its “cloud-ready” frame of mind and led the way for the advancement of a migration strategy, stated Morten Hanshaugen, FINN’s director of infrastructure and operations.
” We had a fairly fully grown platform on top of our infrastructure,” he stated. “We were at a crossroads where we could either use a great deal of time, energy and money to reinvest in our datacentre, virtualisation and stacks, or move to the cloud. Moving to the cloud made sense, considered that we would get abstraction layers that much better mirrored what we had actually built on top of it.”
In January 2019, the business began to appraise different cloud companies, then drew up a shortlist of prospects that consisted of Google Cloud, Amazon Web Provider (AWS), Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.
The evaluation procedure culminated in August 2019 when FINN’s moms and dad, Schibsted, selected a polycloud service with the GCP as the preferred alternative for the majority of its services. The goal was to move whatever from its old datacentre to the GCP while keeping FINN up and running.
The migration to cloud included an appropriate degree of downtime danger, stated Nicolai Hoge, FINN’s CEO and CTO.
” It was extremely enthusiastic to believe we might complete the migration to the cloud without any downtime, specifically considered that the project included 850 microservices, over 100 databases and super-heavy traffic in our Norwegian site,” said Hoge. “As soon as we had actually dealt with to accept more threat and the reality that we would experience downtime, it definitely made things a lot simpler for us after that.”
FINN’s management included relocating to the cloud to its list of top concerns in January 2020– however that was prior to the full blast of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the unfavorable economic effects that followed.
The extensive modifications inflicted by Covid-linked lockdowns caused FINN to eliminate the cloud migration task from its priorities list. Its focus as March edged into April was to safeguard its core business operations, stated Hoge.
” When the pandemic hit in March, we sent out everybody home,” he said. “For FINN and the management group, our leading concern was to make certain our services worked. Our second and third priorities were to contribute to society and ensure the company had a strong financial position moving forward into and through this crisis. At that point, the cloud migration job was simply not a concern anymore.”
Versus the backdrop of a serious contraction in traffic streams in March and April, FINN in fact saw an uptick in service. With the onset of the summer season, the business saw record high traffic and volumes of adverts.
In July, FINN decided that the cloud migration would be its highest concern project, stated Hoge.
” By June, we were mindful that we were lagging behind with the task and required to do something if we were going to accomplish our target objectives by the end of 2020,” he said. “This resulted in the business altering its concerns once again, and cloud migration ended up being the top concern for the whole company.
” This was a crucial choice and development, and doing all that required to be done by our home-based teams showed a different kind of difficulty.”
FINN’s management team chose on 15 September as the day to migrate the business to the cloud.
” The facilities group had been working intensively given that cloud migration became a priority again in June,” stated Hanshaugen. “The project groups were feeling the seriousness, and a sense of growing obligation. Team people put in great deals of hours and became more focused in their work than would usually hold true. I would even say employee ended up being rather disconnected from the world and completely consumed by the project work.”
For FINN, the migration to cloud included moving a vital cluster that supports the company’s personalisation engine for adverts that runs on Apache Cassandra. This was attained by moving to DataStax Astra.
Released in 2000, the Finn.no website has more than 50 million sees each month. Recent online digital market acquisitions by Schibsted have actually improved FINN’s development potential customers across the Nordic area, driving new profits opportunities in crucial sections such as recruitment, cars and trucks, housing and travel.
Schibsted’s shopping spree in 2020 consisted of the acquisition of UK-based eBay Classifieds’ Danish businesses, DBA.dk and Bilbasen.dk.
” Having Schibsted as our owner is a huge benefit,” stated Hoge. “Our mission is to create digital markets in partnership with our parent. Some chances will develop in other business in the group, while we will pursue other opportunities internal at FINN.
” We currently have sister sites in Sweden and a big presence in Finland and Denmark. We are absolutely thinking about opportunities throughout the 4 Nordic nations.”
Material Continues Below
Read more on Cloud calculating services
Covid-19: Pandemic-induced surge in public cloud spend anticipated to run until 2024
By: Caroline Donnelly
IT Top Priorities 2020: Budget plans rejigged to support 2021 recovery
By: Cliff Saran
IT Priorities 2020: Covid-19 accelerates cloud investments by UK IT leaders
By: Caroline Donnelly
VA CIO: COVID-19 has sped up digital projects
By: Makenzie Holland