The Hearst Corporation

Modernize & Migrate Legacy Application.

An Overview

The Challenge

Modernize and migrate a legacy application to take advantage of cloud native services for the Hearst UK division.

The Solution

An AWS Premier Partner, 2nd Watch, worked with Hearst UK division and the application vendor, Censhare, to assess the application’s architecture documentation, including recommended AWS architecture design and requirements for networking, storage, HA, DR, security, and governance.

The Outcome

Successful completion of the project provided Hearst the necessary cloud natives application performance, quality of services, and optimizes cost efficiency for their enshare DAM/CMS application.


About the Business

Hearst is a leading global, diversified media, information and services company with
more than 360 businesses. Founded by William Randolph Hearst as an owner of
newspapers, the company’s holdings now include a wide variety of media including
newspapers, magazines, television channels and television stations, including the
San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronical, Cosmopolitan and Esquire.


The 2nd Watch Solution

AWS Premier Partner, 2nd Watch, worked with Hearst and the application vendor, Censhare, to assess the application’s architecture documentation, including recommended AWS architecture design and requirements or networking, storage, HA, DR, security, and governance. After thorough analysis, it was identified that Hearst’s version of Censhare was customized for them by the app vendor, and in concert with all parties, 2nd Watch developed a migration plan to replatform and modernize the architecture for the AWS cloud utilizing Amazon S3, Amazon EBS, AWS Transit Gateway and AWS Direct Connect.

This included developing Terraform templates for the architecture design, leveraging Snowball and AWS DataSync to migrate the data from datacenter Isilon storage arrays, and implementing FSx for media HotFolders, which made migrating end user workflows a smooth and consistent experience. 2nd Watch helped Hearst deploy the AWS infrastructure to complete the migration according to Hearst’s required timeline.

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