Challenge: Migrate Aegon Life Insurance Company’s applications on Microsoft Windows to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in an expedited timeframe, to accelerate modernization and provide flexibility.
Solution: When moving Aegon Life’s data center infrastructure to the AWS cloud, the team from REAN Cloud, now part of Hitachi Vantara, took a multiphased approach. Solution steps included discovery, build and migration, configuration and testing, and cutover, while the team also prioritized security and compliance.
Aegon Life Insurance Company is a leading insurance provider in India. Headquartered in Mumbai, it is a joint venture between Dutch Aegon N.V., a multinational insurance, pensions and asset management company, and The Times Group, one of India’s largest media conglomerates. Aegon Life’s services include term life insurance, investment, savings and healthcare. It has 25 products on the market, including group plans and a term plan specific to rural areas.
Aegon Life wanted to leverage the AWS cloud platform to host its infrastructure and IT capabilities to benefit from “elastic” infrastructure and thereby improve time to market.
Aegon Life also wanted a knowledgeable premier partner that helps it to implement migration and the type of managed services that provide continuous cost-optimizations.
Aegon Life was impressed with the depth of the Enterprise Cloud Migration framework presented by REAN Cloud, now part of Hitachi Vantara, and the solutions it encompasses (see Figure 1). The company’s automated approach, and its experience creating DevOps accelerators, met Aegon Life’s criteria to ensure easier deployments in the future. These capabilities inspired confidence that the project would be completed quickly and professionally.
Solution team architects from REAN Cloud, now part of Hitachi Vantara, analyzed Aegon Life’s unique requirements and conceived a custom solution. To ensure a rapid move from the company’s existing data centers to the AWS cloud platform, they took a multiphased approach that consisted of discovery, build and migration, configuration and testing, and cutover. Because Aegon Life operates in a highly regulated industry under strict compliance mandates, security and compliance remained top priorities throughout the process.
Aegon Life’s AWS architecture was multitiered, consisting of web, customer relationship management (CRM), and database components. Using network-file-system-based shared storage, the solution team was able to achieve high availability for the web and CRM servers. It implemented database disaster recovery using the AWS Relational Database Service (RDS) native multiple availability zone or multi-AZ capability. For database migration, the solution team restored a full backup of the on-premises database into the RDS instance and used AWS ElastiCache for in-memory storage.
The solution team made strong use of various AWS services, as shown in Figure 2.
To leverage the benefits of the cloud for Aegon Life, the solution team restructured the company’s IT environment, designing plans for migration and API integration (see Figures 3 and 4).
The unique and accelerated solution provided the following benefits: