A Microsoft-centric platform in AWS?

At Notre Dame, we use OnBase by Hyland Software as our Enterprise Content Management platform.  Hyland has been a Microsoft Certified Partner for almost two decades, and has optimized its software for Windows, so OnBase is very much a Windows-centric product.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that Notre Dame has selected Amazon Web Services as our infrastructure provider of the future.  Linux-based systems fit nicely in the automation sweet spot that the AWS tools provide.  Windows systems can be a bit more of a challenge.

Nevertheless, our team was excited about the move.  We knew there would be some challenges along the way, including the migration of 2 TB of data from campus to AWS.  The challenges were offset by the opportunities, including the longstanding architectural goal of a load-balanced web tier communicating with a load-balanced application tier, as opposed to the collapsed web and application tier we were running on campus.

We did a quick proof of concept exercise in the fall of 2015, then started building out our full test environment early in 2016.

Stay tuned for details of our struggles, learnings, and ultimately successful migration.

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