Executive Summary

Security Benefit was founded in 1892 and has a near 129-year track record of delivering successful insurance services. The Company offers life and health insurance, retirement plans, annuities, mutual funds, and related services. Security Benefit Life Insurance serves customers in the United States.

Customer Challenge

The costs associated with managing and maintaining on-premises environments is all the solution entails can run exponentially higher than a cloud computing environment. An on-premises setup requires in-house server hardware, software licenses, integration capabilities, and IT employees on hand to support and manage potential issues that may arise. This doesn’t even factor in the amount of maintenance that a company is responsible for when something breaks or doesn’t work.

Partner Solution

The project for licensing downgrade is to drive optimization in costs and right-sizing database licensing per instance. The effort involves migrating production SQL Servers to AWS AMI based instances with same or less-costly version of the SQL Server code. A small number of non-production instances are also in scope to be migrated and moved to developer edition.

Why AWS?

AWS fully managed database services provide continuous monitoring, self-healing storage, and automated scaling to help us focus on application development. AWS databases deliver the high availability, reliability, and security we need for business-critical, enterprise workloads. AWS Match your storage and compute needs easily, often with no downtime. Support multi-region, multi-primary replication, and provide full data oversight with multiple levels of security, including network isolation and end-to-end encryption.

Why Security Benefit chose ITTStar?

To solve this business challenge, ITTStar engaged with Security Benefit on a workshop to walk them through the process we are going to follow and the perks the client will acquire on migrating their data base to the AWS cloud environment. ITTStar has previously worked on many similar migrations / rehosting and this, combined with our strong skill set around MS-SQL DBA team. Security Benefit chose ITTStar through experience, solid processes, and our strong customer service ethos.

Results & Benefits:

  • Accessibility - AWS has resizable capacity, and automating time-consuming administration tasks, such as hardware provisioning, database setup, patching, and backups.
  • Scalability - Cloud technologies offer greater flexibility as these can be scaled up on demand as per the company’s requirements.
  • Affordability - We need to pay only for the tools and services that we use. AWS offers a pay-as-you-go pricing method, which means that a company will only pay for the services that it needs and has used for a period. These AWS services are unique and cheaper than the traditional computing method.
  • Security - AWS provides a highly secure infrastructure to ensure the privacy of your data. It is an end-to-end approach so that companies need not worry about their confidentiality, and instead, they can focus on business development.
  • Deployment - Cloud Database can be deployed in a matter of hours or days as it is done via the internet, whereby there is no need for a physical server to be in place.

About the customer

Security Benefit has become a leader in the U.S. retirement industry, Through a combination of product innovation, exceptional investment management, and a unique distribution strategy.

Customer Testimonial

  • "We use ITTStar for our SQL database support. Their expertise in SQL database tech has been excellent."

    – Sharat Akula

  • "ITTStar has shown knowledge of AWS as well as SQL server. They helped us through a large project to move to AMI-based licensing. Prakash and Chandan on the team have been very attentive to our requests."

    – Regina Vinyard

  • "Courteous and prompt services in all requests. Great knowledge in database related areas."

    – JS Huang

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