Wanup is a Spain-based firm launched in 2015, aiming to provide a new kind of hotel loyalty club service. A lot of hotel chains already provide loyalty clubs, but this company provides a different service that tries to cater to the modern tourist's desire for diversity.
Members of the loyalty service can earn rewards every time they make a booking without being limited to any particular hotel brand. This allows the company to bring together many independent hotels, boutique hotels and large chains.
Wanup and Amazon Web ServicesThe company quickly moved away from a traditional physical storage model, realising that they needed a platform flexible enough to handle a rapid growth in traffic as their business got off the ground. AWS allowed them to achieve this without having to continually invest in new physical technology.
It was also very important to the company that they could use their SAP enterprise software. They needed to be able to develop their service towards multiple IT platforms, but their original set up did not allow for that. The firm saw a move into cloud services as a way to remedy this.
Working with LinkeLinke, as advanced consulting partner of the AWS Partner Network, assisted the loyalty service in getting started on Amazon Web Services. Linke introduced them to the Activate programme which allowed them to benefit from inexpensive and scalable cloud computing services.
The company is using three Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud r4 instances to support their database management software SAP HANA and an additional ten r4 and c4 instances to support the communication aspect of SAP.
The company is storing more than 20 terabytes of files and back ups on Amazon Simple Storage Service, and operates a virtual network through Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, which provides a good degree of security.
The chief technology officer of the firm says that the consultancy they received helped them to understand how Amazon Web Services works, and provided the expertise to allow them to get the computational infrastructure of their business up and running very quickly.
The Benefits of Amazon Web Services
One of the key benefits to the company of using this service was how quickly it allowed them to get their infrastructure operating effectively. Whereas setting up SAP on a physical infrastructure could have taken over half a year, operating via Amazon Web Services allowed the firm to get the software set up in only two weeks. This meant they could start bringing in new customers and hotels, and thus growing the business, much sooner than otherwise.
Working in Amazon's cloud platform now means that they company has an infrastructure that is designed to allow for rapid growth. Whereas their previous platform was a burden when it came to expansion, the company is now easily able to add new capacity when needed. They say they expect to have onboarded over 1000 new hotels by the end of this year.
Working with a consultancy firm has meant that the company did not have to have its own internal specialists, saving the business a lot of money and aggravation. The company sees their consultants as a part of their team, knowing that they can always provide expertise on software and platforms, and completely resolve any major issues they may encounter.
The company is now in a position where they no longer have to request the creation of new infrastructure and wait a long period of time for it to be constructed. A quick, easy cloud computational process allows them to roll out new virtual infrastructure whenever they want. The infrastructure reacts quickly to the firm's needs and gives them the confidence that they can always find the requisite computational tools.
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