Send Photos to Prison
Flikshop helps families stay connected with their incarcerated friends and relatives in over 2,000 jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities across the United States. Several times individuals in jail, prisons, and juvenile facilities lose their connection with their loved ones. Flikshop helps reconnect those incarcerated individuals with their families. Not only does Flikshop bring incarcerated individuals closer to their loved ones by sharing postcards, but it also helps them make an easier transition back home.
The Flikshop app is deployed in AWS EC2 and contains 18 APIs, 3 web services, and 4 worker services. Every API and service is deployed in each EC2. Flikshop requested for a portable, extensible, open-source platform to manage containerized workloads and services that facilitate declarative configuration and automation. Additionally, they wanted to secure important keys in source codes.
ITTStar developed, tested, and deployed infrastructure that was configured based on Kubernetes. This was accomplished by utilizing Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Elastic Block Store (EBS), Autoscaling, and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB).
In addition, Amazon Route 53 was used as a highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service. We set up self-healing and configured Autoscaling at the Pod level to minimize downtime for maintenance and upgrades. This new solution ensured no disruption of services and enabled proactive mitigation of potential demand issues.
The client was already on the AWS Cloud platform. Initially, the client was using 27 instances for 27 APIs, later ITTStar deployed each API as a micro-service and deployed it in the K8s cluster with 5 nodes which reduced the cost to 3/4th of the initial. Old deployment was done manually, now ITTStar has automated that by using the CI/CD tool (Jenkins). It reduced the deployment time. ITTStar configured K8s-lens and Prometheus for monitoring. With K8s deployment, there is zero down time.
Why Flikshop chose ITTStar?
ITTStar has previous experience working on similar implementations that combine our strong skill sets around DevOps and excellent customer support. We were able to satisfy our customer’s needs through our extensive experience, solid processes, and vital customer service. We provided our client with a smoother transition to a new platform on Kubernetes with autoscaling configured and monitoring by implementing all the requirements they asked for.
Impact & Result
ITTStar's unique solution transformed Impresari’s business functioning in the following ways:
Flikshop helps families stay connected with their incarcerated friends and relatives in over 2,000 jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities across the United States
The Flikshop app lets users send photos and personal messages directly to their loved ones through physical postcards
Flikshop allows families and loved ones to stay connected with incarcerated individuals by sharing moments instantly through the app.
“We had an incredible experience working with ITTStar. They were incredibly responsive, very capable and awesome communicators along our development journey.
ITTStar's team has been one of the best:
- The team members are very knowledgeable I will recommend this team a 100% of the time.
Marcus Bullock, CEO & Founder, Flikshop