Gorilla Group


Gorilla Group

Benefits of ServerCentral’s  Solution

  • Modern, future-ready University-wide infrastructure
  • Secure, private fiber network
  • Comprehensive transition from CapEx to OpEx
  • Reduced costs and increased IT capabilities to attract and retain students, faculty and staff

About Gorilla Group

Digital Agency/Marketing
Chicago, IL USA

Established in 1994, Gorilla Group is a full service technology, design agency and hosting provider that provides a full suite of services with a strong focus on high volume and high profile e-commerce customers. Their clients include enterprise companies such as Garret Popcorn, SPS, London Fog, Paypal and Shure.

The challenge

Gorilla was hosting many high volume e-commerce clients on a legacy virtualization platform and was limited by its ability to grow and scale with their clients needs on a real-time basis. Additionally, the existing environment was fragile and complex to manage and consequently Gorilla was struggling to meet their client’s dynamic needs.

Armed with some fundamental, initial research, Gorilla made an attempt to internally manage the migration of dozens of high profile E-commerce sites within their environment to Amazon Web Services, with no downtime. Several months in to the effort, when their odds for success became significantly challenged by lack of internal knowledge and experience with the AWS platform, Gorilla engaged SCTG, an Amazon Services Consulting Partner, to audit their existing AWS environment and take the reins to complete the migration.

The solution

SCTG senior architects worked closely with Gorilla’s internal IT staff to develop a detailed understanding of Gorilla’s unique requirements and goals. Once the discovery project was complete, SCTG delivered detailed recommendation, project, and implementation plans that allowed Gorilla to migrate their entire e-commerce infrastructure to AWS in weeks, not months. Additionally, SCTG provided documentation and training to all Gorilla internal staff, enabling a full hand-off of the platform and enabling Gorilla to take complete ownership of the new elastic and resilient hosting stack.

The business benefits

By migrating to AWS, Gorilla was able to decrease the standard time frame for new client deployments to hours, down from two to three weeks. These new client environments are now based on a common set of standards and templates, so supporting different clients is simpler and solutions to problems come in minutes instead of hours.

Additionally, Gorilla was able to pass on lower hosting costs and more predictable spend to its clients while maintain the ability to scale in real-time in response to busy buying seasons that have major traffic spikes.