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Europe’s Leading Online Fashion Platform Gets Radical with Cloud Native

Zalando, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, has experienced exponential growth since it was founded in 2008.  Today Zalando has more than 14,000 employees, 3.6 billion Euro in revenue for 2016 and operates across 15 countries.

Read this new case study that talks about Zalando’s need to scale, which ultimately led the company on a cloud-native journey.

A few years ago, Zalando’s technology department began rewriting its applications to be cloud-ready and started moving its infrastructure from on-premise data centers to the cloud.

While orchestration wasn’t immediately considered, as teams migrated to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Berlin-based company realized their teams were experiencing too much pain with infrastructure and cloud formation. To provide better support, cluster management was brought into play. The company now runs its Docker containers on AWS using Kubernetes orchestration.

In parallel to rewriting their applications, Zalando had set a goal of expanding beyond basic e-commerce to a platform offering multi-tenancy, a dramatic increase in assortments and styles, same-day delivery and even their own personal online stylist.

“We envision all Zalando delivery teams running their containerized applications on a state-of-the-art, reliable and scalable cluster infrastructure provided by Kubernetes. With growth in all dimensions, and constant scaling, it has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Henning Jacobs, Head of Developer Productivity at Zalando.

To hear from more European companies transforming their business with cloud native technologies, be sure to register for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, May 2-4, 2018 in Copenhagen.