Friendly Rentals is a Barcelona-based company, specialised in vacation apartment rental for long and medium-stays. From its beginnings in Barcelona in 2003, its goal was to offer their clients the best apartment selection with competitive pricing.
Focused on both leisure and business travel, for families or couples, Friendly Rentals has the perfect offer for each and every one of their clients. Nowadays they supply more than 3.350 apartments in 27 cities in Europe and the rest of the world, and they are constantly extending their offers and destinies.
Friendly Rentals platform
Friendly Rentals has an internally developed software platform. It allows checking and booking stays on each of the managed platforms, from anywhere in the world. Developed in .Net and relying in Microsoft SQL Server databases, it is an application in constant development and evolution. Besides, it is a critical piece for the company, as it puts into jeopardy their reputation and user confidence in order to complete transactions.
In 2015 the Friendly Rentals software platform was hosted in a traditional hosting platform, based upon a hybrid infrastructure with dedicated and virtualised servers.
With a platform focused on giving their clients the best service and being able to answer the constant company growth, the needs for more flexibility and scalability are constant. Thus, Friendly Rentals’ team analysed the possibility of directing their strategy to cloud environments.
With CAPSiDE’s help, Friendly Rentals evaluated different public cloud vendors, which could take care of their technologic and business needs:
- Maximizing flexibility and scalability
- Answering application requirements
- Using PaaS services
Migration to Microsoft Azure
In order to fulfill Friendly Rentals’ needs, after analyzing diverse public cloud vendors, Microsoft Azure was the most suitable for this project. Azure provides all the necessary services to answer the application requirements and allows the PaaS services use that simplifies platform management.
“With CAPSiDE’s help, our reservation web is working over Microsoft Azure, which ensures flexibility and growth opportunities to face future needs”
Jordi Sanchez, CTO Friendly Rentals
CAPSiDE deployed, under Friendly Rentals’ requirements, the infrastructure in Microsoft Azure, making use of both IaaS and PaaS elements to deploy the app based in ISS, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL Server.
Such migration is not exempt from complexity, as it starts from traditional architectures and the application must run in a cloud architecture that combines IaaS and PaaS services. In order to achieve it, it was not only necessary to do modifications at middleware level, but also in the application level. So, Friendly Rentals and CAPSiDE’s teams worked hand in hand in order to finalise the last application adjustments and going into production in just 3 weeks.
After the deployment, software verification and later migration of all the data, the process was concluded and Friendly Rentals was operating in Microsoft Azure’s cloud.