Executive Summary

Security Benefit was founded in 1892 and has a nearly 129-year track record of delivering successful insurance services. The Company offers life and health insurance, retirement plans, annuities, mutual funds, and related services. Security Benefit Life Insurance serves customers in the United States.

Customer Challenge

The costs associated with managing and maintaining an on-premises environment is that all the solution entails and can run exponentially higher than a cloud computing environment. An on-premises setup required in-house server hardware, software licenses, integration capabilities, and IT employees on hand to support and manage potential issues that may arise. That doesn't even factor in the amount of maintenance that a company is responsible for when something breaks or doesn’t work.

Partner Solution

The project for licensing downgrade was to drive optimization in costs and right-sizing database licensing per instance. The effort involved migrating production SQL Servers to AWS AMI-based instances with the same or less costly version of the SQL Server code. A few non-production instances were also in scope to be migrated and moved to the developer edition.

Why AWS?

AWS fully managed database services, providing continuous monitoring, self-healing storage, and automated scaling to help us focus on application development. AWS databases deliver the high availability, reliability, and security required for business-critical, enterprise workloads. AWS met our storage and compute needs easily, often with no downtime. It also supported multi-region, and multi-primary replication, and offered full data oversight with multiple security layers, including network isolation and end-to-end encryption.

Why Security Benefit chose ITTStar?

To solve this business challenge, ITTStar engaged with Security Benefit in a workshop to walk them through the process we were going to follow and the benefits the client will receive on migrating their database to the AWS cloud environment. ITTStar has worked on many similar migrations/rehosting in the past and this is combined with our strong skill set around the MS-SQL DBA team. Security Benefit chose ITTStar because of our experience, robust processes, and strong customer service ethos.

Results & Benefits:

  • Accessibility - AWS has a resizable capacity to automate time-consuming administrative tasks such as hardware provisioning, database setup, patching, and backups.
  • Scalability - Cloud technologies offer greater flexibility as these can be scaled up on demand as per the company's requirements.
  • Affordability - Pay only for the tools and services you use. AWS offers pay-as-you-go pricing. This means that the business only needs to pay for the services they need has used for a period. These AWS services are unique and cheaper than traditional computing methods.
  • Security - AWS provides a highly secure infrastructure to ensure your data is protected. This is an end-to-end approach, so companies don't have to worry about their confidentiality and can focus on business development.
  • Deployment - Cloud Database can be deployed over the internet without the need for a physical server and can be deployed in hours or days.
About the Customer

Security Benefit has become a leader in the U.S. retirement industry, Through a combination of product innovation, exceptional investment management, and a unique distribution strategy.

Customer Testimonial

"We use ITTStar for our SQL database support. Their expertise in SQL database tech has been excellent."

– Sharat Akula

"ITTStar has shown knowledge of AWS as well as SQL server. They helped us through a large project to move to AMI-based licensing. Prakash and Chandan on the team have been very attentive to our requests."

– Regina Vinyard

"Courteous and prompt services in all requests. Great knowledge in database related areas."

– JS Huang