Full 360

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Full 360 simplifies the complexities of cloud infrastructure to deliver business intelligence. Chef helps keep scaling simple.
"Chef saves me time every day, and recently saved my life in a high-priority implementation." Jeremy Winters, Lead Architect and Database Warehouse Designer

The Challenge

Business intelligence (BI) projects have traditionally faced long deployment times due to numerous technology obstacles. Most notable is the time and resources required to build an underlying data warehouse - procuring hardware, creating server infrastructure, and installing, configuring, deploying and maintaining BI applications - as well as the underlying database management system.

Full 360 needed a framework that would allow them to reduce the time and resources to manage hosting BI environments for their customers.

The Solution

Utilizing Chef, Full 360 integrated the open source BI application, Jaspersoft, with Vertica, the market-leading columnar analytic database, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Full 360 also leveraged Chef Chef to alleviate the time-consuming obstacles above and create a new platform for Business Intelligence - the elasticBI Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

The Results

  • Creation of an automated cloud infrastructure for on-demand Cloud BI
  • Quick instantiation of custom environments for new customers (less than 10 minutes)
  • Easy configuration
  • Data process automation
  • Customizable reporting architecture
  • Simple, worry free scaling

Full 360’s Recipe for Success

Full 360’s team of business intelligence (BI) experts have built some of the largest BI platforms in the world. They utilize deep expertise in BI technology to simplify the complexities of developing, operating and managing BI infrastructure for their broad base of customers.

BI projects have traditionally faced long deployment times due to numerous technology obstacles. Most notable is the time and resources required to build an underlying data warehouse—procuring hardware, creating server infrastructure, and installing, configuring, deploying and maintaining BI applications—as well as the underlying database management system.

But three major trends in technology have appeared in recent years that are radically transforming the BI and data warehousing industry. The initial trend was the arrival of cloud computing as a viable enterprise computing platform. It was closely followed by the emergence of open source BI applications that offer industrialstrength functionality at a fraction of the cost of traditional BI tools. The third trend is the rise of next-generation analytic databases that offer 10-100x the query performance of existing SQL databases.

Deploying Chef, Full 360 integrated its open source BI application, Jaspersoft, with Vertica, the marketleading columnar analytic database, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Full 360 also leveraged Chef Chef to alleviate the time-consuming obstacles above and create a new platform for Business Intelligence—the elasticBI Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

Chef allows Full 360 to configure and launch a customized elasticBI image on Amazon for a new client within a few hours—versus days or weeks with traditional tools. It also allows Full 360 to more easily patch and upgrade the vendor applications as part of the elasticBI service. Chef also provides a base for rapidly importing client data to the cloud.

"Chef saves me time every day," said Jeremy Winters, lead architect and database warehouse designer for Full 360. "And, Chef recently saved my life in a high-priority implementation."

Utilizing Chef on AWS allows Full 360 to radically shorten the time spent building infrastructure and loading data, so that they can deliver more customer value in less time, for less money. This approach encompasses several phases:

  • Infrastructure Provisioning Full 360 creates an automated cloud infrastructure for each client. This begins with provisioning new servers via AWS, which often takes less than 10 minutes.
  • Automated Configuration Once created, each new AWS instance is assigned one of two roles, one for the Vertica Columnar database, and the other for the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence solution. Chef then automatically completes a myriad of specific configuration changes that Full 360 defines for that role: which packages to install, which files to be written, and services to be turned on or off.
  • Data Operations Using Chef, Full 360 has automated many of the processes involved in loading and transforming customer data. This includes standard ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) activities such as uploading data and converting it to a star schema.
  • Reporting Architecture Once client data is loaded into the database, the reporting architecture is put into place. Crafting the right set of reporting and analytics for a customer’s business is Full 360’s primary goal, and where the true customer value is delivered.

The result is a consistent, automated, and flexible process for building new automated cloud BI Infrastructure, which is completed in just a few hours with little manual intervention.