Challenge: Technology migrations required close monitoring
As part of the acquisition by the DMGT plc group, Wowcher migrated its web application from a LAMP stack to the DMGT's Java platform, but after its tremendous success, it split off the application again and migrated to Amazon EC2. Tony Murphy, Technical Lead and head of DevOps at Wowcher, was responsible for keeping this application performant during the migrations so Wowcher's customers didn't experience a gap in service.
Before Wowcher moved to the Amazon cloud, finding and troubleshooting performance bottlenecks in the platform was difficult and time-consuming. “We couldn't get the information we needed in a time-efficient manner,” said Murphy. “We spent a lot of time looking at log files, trying to figure out what was going on.”