Prezzybox Case Study
Prezzybox Case Study - delivering scalable, always on hosting infrastructure.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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That’s Zen thinking
Zen and Prezzybox -
Moving the Store to
For this fast-growing online retailer, aging servers couldn’t keep up with demand.
Zen helped it migrate to a more flexible, reliable cloud platform.
Prezzybox is an award winning retailer that has grown rapidly to become a leader
in the online gifts market, offering customers a choice of thousands of unique and
exciting gifts, along with features that make it easier to buy the perfect present.
The website was running on five-year-old servers which, while upgraded with
faster processors and additional RAM, were running at the limit of their capabilities.
Continual success and rapid growth were fuelling the business, yet the technical
team were concerned that the site was only months away from becoming too big
for its physical platform. There were fears of a catastrophic failure, with knock-on
effects for the company’s commercial stability.
Prezzybox’s business model is highly cyclical, with huge peaks of demand in
the run-up to Christmas, or around significant events such as Valentine’s Day or
Mother’s Day, which meant that any physical infrastructure designed to cope with
the needs of Christmas would be under utilised for the remaining ten months
of the year.
A cloud-based solution seemed the smart way forward, but the team at Prezzybox
knew the migration had to be handled with care.
Zen proposed moving its servers and associated back-end infrastructure to a fully-managed
hosted Cloud environment based on Amazon Web Services (AWS) which
offers a complete set of infrastructure and application services to provide a stable,
resilient and responsive platform. Resources can be allocated on-demand, and even
automatically in direct response to shifts in utilisation. It also runs on a pay-as-you-use
business model, making it more cost-effective than a fixed cloud-based solution
with a set monthly fee.
Prezzybox is a family-run business
that launched in 2001. Today they are
a leading website for the online gifts
market and an award winning retailer
• Scalable infrastructure
• AWS cloud based solution
• Fully-managed hosted Cloud
• Stable, resilient, scalable and
• Scalability and flexibility
• On-demand solution creates
• Improved performance
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The whole solution is designed, implemented and managed by Zen’s own Managed
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business and boosting its presence on the web instead of worrying about
Zen worked with Prezzybox to plan the migration, meticulously planning every
stage, with a member of the team working in-house as the platform went live.
Throughout the process, the Managed Services team responded to feedback and
kept the in-house team informed. “Zen worked very hard identifying problems
and laying out a robust architecture to stage everything on” says Prezzybox’s
Craig Lager. “They have also been excellent in dealing with unforeseen problems,
identifying and implementing potential improvements to our configurations, and
answering any questions that we have.”
The key benefits of the new solution are scalability and flexibility. The AWS cloud
scales automatically, on-demand as traffic levels grow and transactions mount
up, giving Prezzybox the resources it needs during the pre- and post-Christmas
periods. Prezzybox only has to pay for the resources it uses, lowering operating
costs, and being driven directly by customer demand.
What’s more, if Prezzybox needs to change configurations or add more servers,
AWS makes doing so easy, using customisable templates designed by the Zen
Managed Services team.
The AWS solution is inherently more reliable. With a highly redundant,
geographically diverse configuration the platform responds rapidly to any loss of
service, ensuring availability for longer periods. For any online retailer, downtime
means lost sales. With an AWS-based server infrastructure, downtime decreases
to almost nothing, so revenue climbs up.
Prezzybox has no doubts about its choice. “The outcome of working with Zen and
AWS is that our hosting infrastructure is now more robust and scalable” says Zak
Edwards, “and suits our business growth needs for the foreseeable future.”
Zak Edwards, Managing Director, Prezzybox
“The great thing about working with Zen is that they worked
extremely closely with our Technical Development team and
were on hand pretty much 24/7 to ensure the migration went
as smoothly as possible. This was hugely reassuring in what
was a tense time. Obviously there were teething problems, but
they were dealt with quickly, efficiently and with an urgency
that we found comforting and one which ultimately gave us the