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UpGrad Migrates Infrastructure to AWS

MUMBAI, India — The higher education technology provider upGrad is working with AWS to bring online learning to over 100 countries. 

UpGrad has moved the vast majority of its information technology (IT) infrastructure to the AWS cloud, according to AWS last month.

The edtech company uses various AWS capabilities, including analytics, security, and compute, to power career growth for users through upskilling. 

For instance, upGrad uses Amazon Redshift, a cloud data warehouse service, to analyze learners’ usage patterns, preferences, profile information, coursework, job applications, and career progression. With this data, upGrad can suggest relevant courses and employment opportunities, match learners’ training journeys with upskilling offerings, and provide personalized learning experiences and tailored career paths.

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With AWS, upGrad scales its workloads to meet spikes in demand using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), AWS’ service that offers resizable compute capacity, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), AWS’s object storage service.  

AWS Enterprise Support also helped upGrad optimize its cloud infrastructure through Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances, Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, and cloud architecture reviews. 

For security, upGrad used AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to improve its security posture and “better comply with data encryption protocols required by its partner education institutions.”

UpGrad also plans to procure software-as-a-service (SaaS) third-party software for the company and its subsidiaries via AWS Marketplace. 

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“UpGrad builds on AWS to deliver innovative and flexible online learning solutions that help bridge the higher education needs of learners and drive development of the future workforce,” said Sunil PP, lead of education, space, and nonprofits, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited, AWS India and South Asia. 

“Going all-in on AWS allows upGrad to meet the rapid growth of their learner base.”

Rohit Dhar, president of product at upGrad, said, “AWS is integral to our ability to onboard learners, experiment and iterate, and provide the best possible learning experience to help people accelerate their careers.”

“With AWS, we can use data to personalize education for learners around the world, as we strengthen our position as a leading global edtech brand,” Dhar said. “As the demand for quality online learning content grows, we can easily scale our workloads on AWS to reliably and securely deliver rich and uninterrupted educational content, even during very busy periods.”

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