Iowa Sports Foundation

  • BACKGROUND

    The Iowa Sports Foundation (ISF) is a non-profit sports management organization that helps develop amateur sports in Iowa and promotes positive lifestyles and physical fitness through athletic events and health education programs. The ISF hosts the Summer Iowa Games, Winter Iowa Games, Live Healthy America, Live Healthy Iowa, Live Healthy Iowa Kids, Fall Fitness Day, Go The Distance Day, Hoopin’ at the Dome, Net Fest, Fish Iowa Games, the ISF Mud Run, and the Iowa Games Golf Classic. The Iowa Sports Foundation, Inc. (ISF) was created June 20, 1986 as a non-profit entity. The ISF is governed by a 33-member board of directors made up of former governors and athletic and corporate leaders from all parts of the state. Corporate sponsorships and entry fees are the primary source of funding for the ISF.

  • BUSINESS CHALLENGE

    The Iowa Sports Foundation can be found at www.iowasportsfoundation.org, and they also have a website for their division “Adaptive Sports Iowa” which was hosted on GoDaddy and a Windows Server running Plesk Control Panel. The control panel was prone to memory overloads, which frequently caused web server crashes, which made the sites unavailable. This is when the Iowa Sports Foundation came to eWay Corp to find a solution to their problem.

  • SOLUTION

    eWay Corp moved their websites to Windows Instances on EC2 to prevent web server crashes, which helped the sites became more stable and handle increased traffic. We now have the ability to scale the instance vertically or horizontally based on load factors – something that was missing on the GoDaddy platform. A CloudWatch alarm was set up to monitor system parameters and send alerts so we can stay ahead of any problems that may come up in the future. Migration to AWS allows the foundation to run the business without interruption, and we can also predict performance and make changes to the environment as needed.

  • BENEFITS

    • Predictable Performance – Websites are stable and we can predict any changes that may occur
    • Environment Upgrade – Operating System upgraded to the latest ASP.NET framework
    • Scalability – Ability to scale as needed
    • Reliability – System does not crash
  • TECHNOLOGY STACK

    • Microsoft ASP.NET MVC framework 4.0
    • HTML5, CSS3, Javascript
    • RDS – SQL Server Database 2008
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012on EC2
    • CloudWatch
    • Backups to S3
  • SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE

Iowa Farm Bureau

  • BACKGROUND

    Iowa Farm Bureau is a voluntary trade organization that provides services, programs, and benefits to farm families. The association offers healthcare, training, insurance, and marketing and financial assistance services to its members. Its services include leadership development programs, savings on preventative healthcare services and farm marketing seminars, and programs to help young farmers thrive and prosper. Iowa Farm Bureau was founded in 1918 and is based in West Des Moines, Iowa.

  • BUSINESS CHALLENGE

    The Iowa Farm Bureau runs the website www.choose2choose.com – a movement started by concerned mothers to help increase awareness of the importance of having food choices and its impact on hunger in America. This ASP.NET website was hosted by a third-party on-premise on half of the Federation. The client wanted to investigate moving that application to AWS for reliability and cost-efficiency.

  • SOLUTION

    eWay Corp moved the website to a Windows EC2 Instance running IIS and the database to an RDS – SQL Server instance. A CloudWatch alarm was set up to monitor CPU, memory, and disk space and send alerts. Migration to AWS allows the federation to run their website without any problems.

  • BENEFITS

    • Website & Database perform as expected
    • Scalability – Ability to scale as needed
    • Reliability – System does not crash
  • TECHNOLOGY STACK

    • Microsoft ASP.NET MVC framework 4.0
    • HTML5, CSS3, Javascript
    • DotNetNuke
    • RDS – SQL Server Database 2008
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 on EC2
    • CloudWatch
  • SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE