Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, with an astonishing $1.6 billion in annual revenue. In 2012, after recognizing the growing popularity of digital readers, Scholastic's leadership team determined a move to Amazon Web Services (AWS) would provide the services necessary to support their growing, new-age customer base.
Scholastic’s cloud environment was pretty homogenous at first, running entirely on AWS. But as Scholastic’s business needs continued to evolve, the team expanded their cloud shop to include Google Cloud Platform, Oracle, Workday, and ServiceNow—and that's when the problems starting rolling in.
With their infrastructure now spanning several clouds, Scholastic faced an enormous visibility problem. According to Scholastic's Head of Technology Services Architecture and Design, the team needed to rethink how they managed their cloud and develop a solution that would help them identify how well they were managing their workloads and infrastructure. How could the team determine where performance could be improved to maximize both spend and resource usage efficiency?
With an on-prem footprint that was dwindling (Scholastic had previously set their sights on an operating model that was 95% cloud-based), the team needed to act fast to regain control of their multicloud management.
Scholastic needed to first increase their visibility into all of their cloud environments, so the team started searching for multicloud management solutions that could provide consolidated views of their dispersed infrastructure.
After evaluating numerous solutions, Scholastic ultimately chose the CloudHealth Platform for both its breadth and depth of functionality. Visibility was improved almost immediately, and soon Scholastic was taking advantage of CloudHealth’s policy and automation capabilities.
We wouldn’t feel comfortable making a Reserved Instance (RI) purchase without CloudHealth—you can easily save 30% right off the bat.
- Head of Technology Services Architecture & Design, Scholastic