Founded in 1989, Dedalus is a Brazilian cloud services broker company that specializes in migrating and managing applications in the cloud. In its early days as a systems integrator and hosting provider, the company founded the very first Internet-connected data center in Brazil—a 10,000-square-foot facility with more than 2,000 servers. Years later when cloud computing hit the scene, the company shifted its focus away from hardware and instead decided to dedicate its business entirely to cloud computing.
Today, the company is one of 15 premier Amazon Web Services (AWS) partners in the world, and the only one in Latin America. Although Dedalus has gone through various iterations over the last 26 years, at its core, its mission has always remained the same: to help people better use technology.
Monitoring the infrastructure alone wasn’t enough
There’s a reason why more than 700 companies and counting rely on Dedalus to help them migrate their applications to the cloud, and that’s because they know it’s not all that easy. “If you go to the cloud alone, you’re going to have to learn a lot,” says Mauricio Fernandes, president of Dedalus. “You need to run a lot of tests, analyze lots of figures, come up with new processes…it can be easy for fear to set in. But fear is not what you want when undertaking such a massive project.”
Dedalus can help customers eliminate that fear by walking them through each step of the process, from helping identify which applications to move, running tests, doing the migration, and then continuing to help maintain and optimize their systems after the move. “In some sense, Dedalus is an extension of AWS,” explains Fernandes, “not only to resell their services, but to do something more crucial, which is the management portion of it.”
An important part of that management involves monitoring the environment and knowing when to scale, which can be difficult when your visibility is limited to solely the infrastructure. “AWS is a wonderful technology but there’s a lot of things happening on the application side that we can’t manage with AWS because that’s not what it was designed to do,” says Fernandes. “We needed a way to monitor the queries and the health of the application, not just the infrastructure. So we decided to turn to a tool that could help us do that.”