Courtsdesk engages firstblox to assist with engineering new cloud platforms for the UK market


Company Background

Courtsdesk is the leading provider of integrated Court and Company data to the media, legal, and financial sectors. Over 70% of court cases in the UK and Ireland generate no publicly accessible record. Courtsdesk is building this record, making it accessible for public interest/news outlets, legal services, and financial risk managers.

The challenge

To provision a highly secure, scalable, compliant, and best-practice Cloud platform to support expansion into the UK market.

Why firstblox?

From the very outset the team at Firstblox impressed. As a small team with an ambitious expansion plan, we needed some external help designing and provisioning a sizeable piece of new cloud infrastructure. Firstblox came recommended through a local network and so we shot them an outline of the project and requested a quotation. The response that we received stood out from all the others. It was a detailed list of thoughtful questions, clearly showing that our brief had been carefully considered. A follow-up conversation left us in no doubt that this was a highly capable team holding itself to the highest standards. Detailed quotations followed and by the time that we contacted Firstblox for the project, we had not one doubt that it was the best possible decision for us.

Alan Larkin – CTO

The Solution

  • Designed a Secure and Cost Optimised Architecture in line with the AWS Well-Architected Framework.
  • Provisioned a new Cloud Foundation with best practice Security and Compliance as key requirements.
  • Automated 99% of Cloud Infrastructure with Infrastructure as Code.
  • Automated CI capabilities for deployment of all new applications.
  • Evangelized Serverless and Docker development methodologies.
  • Developed best practice Serverless infrastructure patterns for mission-critical services.
  • Provisioned Monitoring, Logging, and Notification infrastructure to assist with Operations.

Technical Results

  • 99% Infrastructure as Code coverage.
  • 100% Continuous Integration.
  • Zero manual application deployments.
  • Zero configuration drift.
  • 100% of changes audit-able and traceable.
  • Automated and on-demand scaling capabilities.

The Outcome

  • Stable and repeatable deployment of new code changes.
  • Deployments are automated reducing the need for manual handling.
  • The team now tracks who did what, when, and what the outcome was.
  • Code provided to allow for the creation of new test environments with ease.
  • The team can rest assured that data and their applications are highly secured.
  • Modernization took place across the board. Recommended best practice deployment and infrastructure provisioning now in place as standard.

Testimonial

Work commenced promptly and was carried out in the most professional manner, being fully transparent with regular updates and detailed documentation of all decisions and deliverables maintained. The team really went above and beyond, meeting every one of our requirements and more. The infrastructure-as-code is clean and carefully crafted and since the handover, which itself was meticulously planned and documented, we have found it remarkably easy to take ownership of what it quite a large and sophisticated platform. As a small start-up with a limited budget, huge demands on our human resources, and no dedicated in-house cloud specialist, taking on any significant infrastructure project is daunting. Firstblox made it easy. We will have no hesitation about calling on them again in the future.

Alan Larkin – CTO

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