Making Vorwerk's Global Platform Cost Efficient & Future-Ready with Amazon EKS

Vorwerk Thermomix

An Unwieldy Platform was Becoming Unmanageable

Vorwerk is a family-run German business, selling quality cooking and cleaning appliances in 79 countries. Across Europe, one in every two households owns a Vorwerk product.
Vorwerk’s Cookidoo® is a universe of online and offline communities, recipes, and essential resources. The platform has several million active IoT devices across 4 AWS regions (including China), with numerous production, non-production, prod-content staging, and dynamic self-managed sandbox environments. It has 65+ micro-services, 2 SAP Hybris installations, numerous Postgres, Redis, and NoSQL databases, and 100s of domains. But behind the scenes, platform costs were escalating rapidly and Vorwerk needed a counter-measure.

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Bringing Vorwerk's Vision to Life

“You build it, you run it” is Vorwerk’s vision of the platform's future was. In addition to reducing costs, Mindcurv worked with Vorwerk to modernise the platform. This included improving the time-to-market, establishing self-reliant development teams, and facilitating a simpler approach to deployment with flexible testing capabilities.

thermomix recipe book

Future-Ready with Amazon EKS

Migrating to Amazon EKS clusters reduced Vorwerk's infrastructure and licensing costs. The self-contained systems and standardised automated deployment patterns also improved time-to-market for development teams and gave them more ownership of the platform.

Its improved security model, managed control plane and cluster management features were additional benefits. The Mindcurv team followed a fail-fast doctrine and also supported and coached Vorwerk's development teams through the migration.

Hmmm… cheese-cake!
»Mindcurv’s Cloud Native experts helped us to unlock huge savings. On top of this, the team at Mindcurv helped groom a new community of build-run developers that take the reliability of our platform very seriously, with everyone focused on customer satisfaction.« 
Sven Gerlach, Product Owner Platform/Infrastructure, Vorwerk
…and Ramen!

Platform Cost-Savings and Sustainable Development

Migrating to Amazon EKS resulted in the reduction of Kubernetes infrastructure costs by about 50% and an additional 7 digit savings in license costs. The existing 200+ nodes were brought down to around 84 nodes. We also improved the time-to-market and helped development teams become self-reliant through an easier deployment approach and flexible testing. The platform is now operating on Amazon EKS across 4 AWS regions, spanning about 50 countries:

  • EU Central – handling whole of Europe and international markets
  • Asia-Pacific – handling Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand
  • US East – handling the USA, Canada, and Mexico
  • Ningxia Province – handling China
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Markus TillmannExecutive Vice PresidentMindcurv, Essen+49 (0) 201 99986 30

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