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AGU Chooses Rackspace Technology To Strengthen Its Infrastructure

Rackspace Technology ® (RXT), a leading provider of end-to-end multi-cloud technology solutions, announced that the company with the American Geophysical Union ( AGU) has worked together to improve the scalability and reliability of their IT infrastructure.

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AGU is a not-for-profit organization that supports 130,000 earth and space science enthusiasts and experts worldwide. The goal is to advance the earth sciences through study, exploration and research from space to the inner core of the earth. By using its comprehensive and integrative partnerships, AGU aims to develop ethically correct and unbiased solutions. AGU was founded in 1919 and is now based in a climate-neutral building in Washington, DC

The AGU had a cumbersome, Linux-based infrastructure that could not meet their needs. In addition, AGU had to support more than 70 WordPress websites and manage tens of thousands of obsolete content. The previous solution could not offer a customized and responsive experience. In addition, updating web pages was neither quick nor easy for content editors. The complex infrastructure was difficult to scale and lacked the flexibility AGU needed to achieve its goals.

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Improving the scalability and reliability of the IT infrastructure required in-depth knowledge of architecture best practices, performance monitoring, and support for Sitecore. The AGU needed help optimizing the Sitecore platform on AWS in order to meet their specific requirements and to use all the corresponding functions for generating insights. Another requirement for the AGU was a robust security solution to protect against cyber threats. As a result, it took a proactive approach to detecting potential cyberattacks to ensure threats were found and remedied quickly.

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“We did extensive research on many companies that offer hosting and knowledge of Sitecore. Rackspace Technology brought everything we were looking for to the table, ”said Michael McFadden, Manager, Digital Operations, AGU. “Our journey to digital transformation had been going on for some time, starting with the migration to the AWS cloud. Rackspace Technology was selected as a partner to complete the project. ”
Through the cooperation with Rackspace Technology, the AGU has combined 70,000 pages in a content management system, which makes administration and monitoring easier. With the latest Sitecore features, the user experience has been improved, and analysis and information are available to help AGU develop their organization. Development staging is now part of the high availability production environment. Updating the web pages is quick and easy and gives content editors more flexibility.

The timely completion of the migration prompted AGU to increase the security of its online assets with Rackspace Managed Security Services, thereby ensuring that its IT infrastructure is protected against cyber threats. The collaboration with Rackspace Technology continues through year-round support, platform management, and sharing of best practices.

“The AGU had a cumbersome, Linux-based infrastructure that could not meet their requirements. In addition, AGU had to support more than 70 WordPress websites and manage tens of thousands of obsolete content, ”said Jeff DeVerter, CTO Solutions at Rackspace Technology. “The new website enabled the AGU to present their annual conference entirely online. 20,000 papers submitted before the event and 25,000 participants during the event were hosted smoothly: Scalability ensured success. ”

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