EROAD: Driving through clouds

EROAD: Driving through clouds

Jarred Clayton, engineering manager, explains why the road services and charging company uses as much cloud as possible.

Jarred Clayton, EROAD
Jarred Clayton, EROAD
Shifting to public cloud has let road services and charging company EROAD save money by avoiding over investment in infrastructure and scaling compute nodes up and down depending on the time of day.

The company – which designed, implemented and operates the world’s first network-wide autonomous GNSS/cellular tolling system – uses as much cloud as possible, says its engineering manager, Jarred Clayton.

EROAD’s services include GPS tracking, driver behaviour, service and EZ message modules and business analytics.

Clayton has been with EROAD since its founding six years ago. He now leads the team responsible for the architectural design, integration, Web services, database, and payment architecture.

I do not need to employ someone in North America to look after the infrastructure for the market. I can have everyone centrally located here as a team.

Jarred Clayton, EROAD

Initially a traditional approach to IT infrastructure suited the business, but as EROAD moved from being a start-up to a growth company – in 2012 it was Australasia’s fastest growing technology company in the Deloitte Technology Fast500 Asia Pacific with over a hundred employees – the company reviewed its ICT infrastructure, Clayton explains.

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The organisation did not want to buy servers and throw them away after a year: “That is a big distraction, and you have to justify the procurement,” Clayton says.

EROAD moved its IT production infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. The AWS public cloud means EROAD can build new environments in minutes across multiple regions and availability zones.

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