Fronde

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provided a cost effective and resilient network platform that met both Snapper’s expansion plans and strategic IT goals.

The Amazon solution designed by Fronde has provided Snapper, New Zealand’s leading contactless payment system, with a flexible, low cost and robust network which will expand as needed to match Snapper’s nation-wide growth focus. The fast to deploy system has up to the minute disaster recovery and can be managed on multiple devices from anywhere in the country.

Solution snapshot

Snapper had been using a third party to interconnect the remote transport terminals with the central Snapper processing hub.

This single processing hub had several deficiencies:

  • reliance on a third party network
  • slow speed of new site deployment
  • lack of system flexibility for expansion plans

Fronde designed and deployed a new network using low cost commodity hardware to support Snapper’s expanding national payment system and integrated a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). This design also accounted for primary and disaster recovery processing hubs, with the ability to reroute all remote terminal traffic should the primary hub fail.

A secure virtual private network (VPN) connection between the processing hubs and the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, allowed AWS Compute instances (Amazon EC2 servers) to connect securely and seamlessly to all parts of the Snapper network.

Amazon products used:

  • Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2)
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Amazon Identify and Access Management (IAM)

 

"This initiative has delivered a secure, robust, flexible, fast and accessible path to Amazon’s infrastructure services, enabling us to prove the promise that innovation can be delivered at warp speed." - Norman Comerford, CTO, Snapper Services Ltd

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