Case Studies / WAICA migrates business critical applications into the AWS Cloud

West African Insurance Companies Association (WAICA) is a reinsurance organisation based in Sierra Leone. WAICA provide re-insurance services to the insurance sector across countries in West Africa.

Challenge

Waica Reinsurance were concerned about business continuity due to the risk of unplanned power shortages. Interruptions to the power grid were impacting local data centres and WAICA wanted to ensure its core business applications were resilient to these types of interruptions.

To provide uninterrupted service to its customers, WAICA decided that migrating to public cloud infrastructure would mitigate some of these business continuity risks. Amazon Web Services were selected as its preferred cloud provider. However, WAICA did not have the necessary skills to ensure a successful migration.

Solution

With extensive experience in the AWS cloud, Synthesis were appointed as the technical experts to carry out WAICA’s migration to AWS. Synthesis partnered with AWS to assess WAICA’s existing infrastructure, performed planning and “right-sizing” of cloud infrastructure requirements and created the migration plan. Synthesis carried out the migration of WAICA’s applications into the AWS cloud environment.

Synthesis now provide Managed Services that ensure WAICA’s platform is always available and operating at optimal levels, as well as secured and patched with appropriate security updates.

Results

This implementation reduced the risks and uncertainty associated with working in Sierra Leone, ensuring business continuity at all times. WAICA’s infrastructure is now highly available, and it can grow without additional capital investment into data centres.

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