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Xero completes two year data migration to Amazon Web Services
Tue, 29th Nov 2016
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Xero has officially completed its transition to Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the largest data migrations into the AWS cloud infrastructure environment across Australia and New Zealand.

The migration, which took just over two years to be architected and executed, has seen more than 59 billion records, 3000 apps and 120 databases securely transitioned to the AWS platform.

Over that time, Xero added nearly half a million new customers. Duncan Ritchie, chief platform and product officer at Xero, comments on the migration.

“Our focus on completing a significant data migration to the AWS platform sets Xero up to deliver fast-paced innovation, leverage machine learning technology, improve margins, increase uptime and security and drive better business outcomes to help small businesses flourish,” he explains.

"It is a huge achievement to get through this massive transition. We expect all business software vendors to re-platform over the next few years so they too may take advantage of the commoditised innovation services in the larger public cloud platforms,” says Ritchie.

The migration to AWS all sets Xero up to accelerate innovation and capitalise on machine learning, which the organisation believes will redefine accounting in years to come.

“As Xero works towards its goal of reaching a million customers, we needed to scale our platform globally to provide customers with a fast, secure and easily accessible cloud platform they can access anytime, from any device connected to the internet,” explains Ritchie.

“AWS provided us with significant potential to continually improve the underlying technologies that help Xero function,” he says.

Richie adds that the move to AWS enables Xero to economically scale to meet the needs of potentially millions of customers.

“When you're in the business of technological innovation, fast-paced future-thinking comes with the territory,” he says.

“We have been recognised globally for our innovation, business leadership and customer satisfaction multiple times. We know that the faster we can deliver true innovation to our community of small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers, the more deeply they can feel the impact.”