BigData Boutique were able to bring expertise and a bespoke plan to
support Pipl in achieving their goals. BigData Boutique’s reputation
and track record for success in the areas of Elasticsearch, Google
Cloud Platform, and zero-downtime cloud migrations made them an easy
choice for Pipl.
Uri, Head of Pipl’s Infrastructure was happy to note, “BigData
Boutique took overall responsibility and ownership for the whole
project, from start to finish”. Not only did this give the team at
Pipl confidence in the delivery, but ensured that there was no
disruption to business during discovery, migration, and
The Seamless Move to Google Cloud Platform
BigData Boutique set up new Elasticsearch clusters on Google Cloud
Platform - “with a clever piece of engineering, they set up some
kind of mechanism that kept them synchronized with the old
production clusters that were still running”.
The actual migration took around 3 months, owing to the amount of
data to be moved and the complexity of the project. BigData Boutique
ran the old production cluster fully synchronized with the new
Google Cloud Platform cluster. All this was done whilst maintaining
a logical separation between the old and new instances.
“That was a big goal for our migration - to have zero downtime for
the move - which BigData Boutique [successfully achieved]”.
The BigData Boutique team were passionate about sharing their
knowledge with Pipl’s engineers. This extended beyond the scope of
the project, with BigData Boutique keen to build a lasting
relationship that involved imparting knowledge throughout their
“We had a real lack of knowledge on Elastic, and that’s why we
looked to BigData Boutique”. This enabled Pipl’s team to use new
knowledge to drive forward some of their more challenging projects.
A Bespoke Elasticsearch Cluster
Pipl’s platform relies on being able to query vast amounts of
structured and unstructured data at high speeds, so the new
Elasticsearch cluster had to be optimized in a way that would
require minimal tuning moving forward.
“BigData Boutique worked really closely with the engineers to make
sure the right planning had gone into setting up the new
Elasticsearch cluster on Google Cloud Platform”, said Pipl’s Head of
“A lot of work was done by BigData Boutique on the structure of
the cluster, with efficient coding to optimize the performance”.