Li9 Success Stories

Customer and Partner Comments

ViQi Inc - Kris Kvilekval, President and Architect

"Li9 brings a broad knowledge of system organization with true hands-on implementation experience that has been instrumental in accelerating ViQi's deployment of Kubernetes and incorporating Gitlab into ViQi's developer and production workflows.  They have been very professional and their work is impressive."

PWCC Marketplace - Aaron Oathout, Software Architect

"Working with Li9 was a fantastic experience. They are very professional extremely knowledgeable and innovative. Li9 engineers are a critical part of the team and continue to contribute to our company's success. I look forward to our continued collaboration going forward."

Avangrid Renewables - Kyle Clark, Sr. Linux Systems Administrator

"Working with Li9 consultants was a great experience. Provided a great modern solution for our company that was tailored to our needs. Highly recommend their services if you are short on hands or need a fresh perspective on the trending solutions in the industry."

Red Hat - Garrett Nekic, Chicago Territory Services Manager

 

“Working with the Li9 Team is always a pleasure. They are always prepared and are very comfortable digging into the most technically challenging problems.”

To ensure that our solutions meet customer expectations and achieve desired business value, Li9 leverages best-practice project management that includes at least:

Privacy

Maintaining confidentiality and transparency is essential with Li9 projects. Li9 treats all project-related information as confidential and provides designated customer stakeholders with access to this information throughout the project.

Tailored

At Li9, we customize our solutions to align with each client’s specific business needs,

Defined Outcome, Scope, and Deliverables

A well-defined project scope and outcomes are fundamental to a successful project. Li9 works closely with customers to clearly understand their expectations and deliverables. Defining and documenting all expected project milestones and timelines are key.

Project Management

Each Li9 project includes project management from initiation to completion to ensure the project is on time and budget with clear communication between Li9 and our customers.

Change Management

Every project is subject to changes, and managing these changes effectively is crucial for the project’s success. Requested changes are reviewed with customer stakeholders and the Li9 project team with agreed effect on scope timeline, and costs.

Customer Acceptance

Li9 projects include an agreed-upon customer acceptance process to ensure that our customer’s expectations for the project deliverables and timelines are met before the project is considered complete and successful.

Biotech – Infrastructure as Code in AWS

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1. Use docker-compose on local desktops

2. There aren’t monitoring and logging services

3. There isn’t a backup/restore strategy

4. Hard to reproduce an environment(no automation)

5. Manual promotion

6. Poor documentation

1. Terraform implementation with Git integration

2. Use EKS, RDS, EC, EC2 in AWS, migration to Cloud

3. Gitlab CI/CD implementation

4. Grafana Monitoring/Logging stack implementation

5. Knowledge sharing

1. Fully automated, reproducible infrastructure

2. Proactive problem identification and prevention

3. Disaster Recovery plan is ready

4. High-available and robust infrastructure

5. Documentation for developers and DevOps

6. Improved security of the development process

Energy – High Performance Compute Cluster

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1. Lack of computing resources for weather prediction

2. Use internal Ansible playbooks in satellite

3. There isn’t a monitoring subsystem

4. Poor documentation

5. No support for HPC cluster

6. Lack of knowledge about HPC

1. Ansible Tower integration with Satellite

2. HPC cluster automation development

3. Weather Software build and compile automation

4. Grafana Monitoring/Logging stack implementation

5. Knowledge sharing

1. Fully automated, reproducible infrastructure

2. Proactive problem identification and prevention

3. X10 faster than the previous cluster

4. Central place of ansible roles for Satellite

5. Documentation for developers and DevOps

6. Post-implementation support from Li9

Bank – OpenShift Kubernetes at Scale (Hundreds of Clusters)

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1. How to simplify OpenShift cluster delivery?

2. How to manage hundreds of OCP clusters?

3. How to integrate clusters with the ecosystem?

4. I want to enforce some standards

5. How to deliver dozens of changes a day?

6. How to simplify application onboarding?

1.OpenShift on VMware with Porworx Enterprise

2. Ansible/ArgoCD/ACM to provision clusters

3. Everything-as-a-Code (applications, test suites, infrastructure, workflows, documentation)

4. Created many custom operators to simplify onboarding

5. Enforce security via AquaSec and ACM policies

1.1h to provision a new OpenShift cluster

2. A few SREs can manage an entire cluster fleet

3. Every cluster is fully integrated with the bank ecosystem

4. Low efforts to test and deliver a new change

5. High code quality because of testing

6. Dramatically shortened release cycle

Telecom – IPTV Service with High Level of Automation

Telecom – IPTV Service with High Level of Automation

1. Hundreds of interacting services

2. Slow development & release cycle

3. High development costs

4. High support costs

5. High costs of CDN

1. Hosting IPTV services on OpenStack

2. Ceph and Gluster as video storage

3. Full-scale automation with Ansible

4. CDN developed from scratch

5. Standard monitoring and log analysis

1. Thousands of users

2. New data center is up in a day

3. Accelerated development lifecycle

4. Reduced support costs

5. CDN costs reduced by twice

Bank – Windows Containers Infrastructure

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1. How to run my Windows apps on OpenShift?

2. Is there persistent storage for Windows Pods?

3. Windows containers are not the same as Linux

4. Can I integrate Windows with the OCP ecosystem?

5. Windows users are lacking Kubernetes skills

6. It is quite time-consuming to onboard a Windows app

1. Dozens OpenShift clusters with Windows support

2. Portworx Enterprise storage with Windows support

3. Native Windows application authentication

4. Custom application onboarding operators

5. Extensive knowledge sharing

1. Same process to manage Linux and Windows pods

2. Both Stateless and Stateful Win application support

3. Application migration automation and guidelines

4. Seamless application migration process

5. Dramatically shortened release cycle

6. Windows users are up to date with Kubernetes

Airline – OpenShift Migration (Hundreds of Clusters)

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1. Each team has its own Openshift cluster

2. Each cluster is in its own AWS account

3. High costs on AWS infrastructure

4. There isn’t a central management system

5. A lot of effort on support

6. Long onboarding process

1. Implemented Ansible Automation Platform

2. Multiple workloads migrated to one ROSA cluster

3. Continuous Delivery is implemented

4. Namespace/Workload onboarding is designed

5. Knowledge sharing

1. Decrease onboarding time

2. Dramatical AWS cost saving

3. Full test and development cycle from testing to prod

4. Alignment with Ansible best practices

5. Centralized management configuration system

6. Decrease number of support cases in 10 times

Bank – Puppet to Ansible Migration (50,000 Linux Servers)

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1. Satellite manages 50k servers using Puppet

2. Satellite retires Puppet support

3. Puppet to Ansible migration is required

4. AAP2 should be integrated with Satellite parameters

5. The migration is very time-sensitive

6. We are lacking Ansible skills

1. Implemented Ansible Automation Platform

2. All puppet modules migrated to Ansible roles

3. Satellite smart class parameters integration

4. Custom Ansible collections/modules/plugins

5. Knowledge sharing

1. Configuration management with Ansible

2. No downtime for existing servers

3. Everything is under appropriate version control

4. Alignment with Ansible best practices

5. Improved release management

6. Flexible control over groups of managed hosts

Bank – RabbitMQ Cluster Creation Self Service

Bank – RabbitMQ Cluster Creation Self Service

1. Manual resource provisioning

2. Fragmented knowledge

3. Lack of expertise in containerization

4. Highly regulated environment

1. Helm charts repository checked out and values modified for application requirements

2. Custom operator does all required configuration in Vault and cluster operator brings up cluster with required configuration

3. Resource deletion is handled in the same manner

1. Simplify Vault usage, eliminate Vault deep knowledge requirement

2. Faster onboarding for application development teams

3. Security requirements are enforced by operators

Microfinance – Increase SW development productivity

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1. Outdated IT department operations

2. Long release cycles (4-5 releases a year)

3. Real development time is less than 10%

4. Lack of standardization

5. Frequent bugs causing low-quality product

1. Migration to Kubernetes for flexible and scalable application deployment

2. Implemented automated testing (smoke, functional, security, performance)

3. Automated build and release pipelines for frequent micro-releases|

4. Fostered a culture of fast feedback loops for rapid problem identification and resolution.

1. Real development time increased to over 50%

2. Standardized development environment

3. 5x improvement in IT development productivity with daily/weekly releases

4. 10x reduction in bugs and substantial improvement in product quality

1. Transparency fuels informed decisions and happier stakeholders

2.Time to market for new solutions launched from months to weeks

3. Company-Wide Impact: Success across ALL IT and most NON-IT projects, proving the power of structured approaches