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AWS Case Study: DaySeven Training

About the Client

DaySeven Group, who operate across Sub-Saharan Africa, launched a training business in 2016, DaySeven Training, which provides training to professionals looking to further their skillsets in the workplace.
Their mission is to ensure that delegates are provided with the relevant and necessary skills to safeguard their place in the world of business. They have helped over 5,500 professionals in their personal development.

The Challenge

DaySeven Training implemented Moodle, an open-source LMS, as their preferred platform to provide their educators, administrators, and learners with a single robust, secure, and integrated system to create a personalised learning environment.
DaySeven Training elected to run their Moodle environment on AWS, and the initial deployment met all their organisational requirements. As their business scaled and demand increased, their environment could not scale and was running out of capacity, which resulted in frequent downtime and could result in potential data loss.
As an educational institution, DaySeven Training keeps records with the personal information of their learners, so it was imperative to secure this data.

The Solution

Silicon Overdrive’s certified team of AWS engineers met with the DaySeven Training leadership team to understand their short- and long-term goals for their Moodle environment. After the initial engagement, an assessment was done on DaySeven Training’s existing environment.
Silicon Overdrive determined that the architecture did not meet with AWS best practices. We then rearchitected and redeployed the environment to ensure that it could meet the short- and long-term scalability requirements and the security standards DaySeven Training have to adhere to.
The rearchitected environment includes Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) across Multiple Availability Zones (Multi-AZ).
The new environment also ensures that DaySeven Training achieved a highly available solution, ensuring that their educators, administrators, and learners have uninterrupted access to the Moodle Learning Platform.

Amazon CloudFront (Content Delivery Network) is also being used to cache the application content to South African edge locations for faster delivery of the content to students.

The Outcome

By leveraging AWS’s managed services, DaySeven Training is now able to give their educators, administrators, and learners a secure, scalable, and highly available Moodle Learning Platform.

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