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AWS Case Study: African Payment Solutions

About the Client

African Payment Solutions provides a one-stop-shop for multinational merchants looking to sell, and be paid, online by consumers in Africa. With over 15 years of experience with online payments in Africa, and links to more than 70 banks worldwide, African Payment Solutions is an easy choice for global eCommerce merchants.

The Challenge

As an online payment portal for multinational eCommerce and mCommerce merchants, African Payment Solutions allows millions of consumers across Africa to pay with their chosen in-country local payment method.

Due to African Payment Solutions’ continued growth, their hosting environment, located in data centres in the United States, could no longer accommodate the increasing volume of transactions; thus, the need for a scalable solution became apparent.

Moreover, the African Payment Solutions team was concerned about the security, scalability, reliability, and cost of their hosting environment.

African Payment Solutions found that their current environment deviated from best practices and compliance standards. African Payment Solutions also processes credit card information and online payments, so PCI DSS compliance was required.

They decided to bring in an AWS Consulting Partner (Silicon Overdrive) to assist with the architecture, and migration of their workloads to a secure and compliant AWS environment.

The Solution

Silicon Overdrive met with the African Payment Solution’s team and architected a best practice solution based on the AWS Well-Architected Framework. We architected and deployed the environment with a focus on operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, cost optimization, and sustainability. 

A scalable, secure, PCI DSS compliant environment was architected and deployed on AWS for African Payment Solutions. The new environment uses Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and Lambda functions for compute, Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store), Amazon S3 (Simple Cloud Storage) for storage, and Amazon RDS (Relational Database) and DynamoDB as database solutions.

By architecting the solution to run across multiple availability zones, the environment is now highly available and scalable to ensure continuity of services for their customers. We implemented Amazon RDS to reduce the operation overheads for the African Payment Solutions team and to meet high availability and performance requirements.

The Outcome

African Payment Solutions now has a highly available, auto-scaling, PCI DSS compliant, and highly reliable cloud environment. As the company grows and traffic increases, customers will enjoy a seamless experience and not suffer from performance issues arising from the environment. African Payment Solutions achieved Level 1 PCI DSS compliance.

According to Robin Phillip, one of the African Payment Solutions Directors, “Silicon [Overdrive] have been an amazing support and resource to us in establishing and securing our LekkaPay Payment Gateway in the Amazon Cloud. The Silicon Team were professional, proactive, supportive, exacting, responsive, and facilitated quality delivery of our migration to spec on time. Our tech team found Silicon a pleasure to work with.”

He further shared a compliment from one of his tech team members. “Silicon Overdrive are amazing; we could never have got to where we are today without them – with a deep knowledge of what they do, responsive, approachable, and generally a pleasure to work with. A big thank you to the Silicon Team .[sic]”

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