Case Studies

ABF The Soldier’s Charity

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity, supporting soldiers, veterans and their families for life. Since 1944, the charity has been at the forefront of support for the Army family. It is one of the largest funders in the sector, reaching 65,000 people and funding over 66 charities and organisations in 2021. The charity supports the Army family through life’s challenges – whether that involves bereavement, injury, getting back to work, elderly care, and much more. Last year, its beneficiaries ranged from a seven-month-old baby to a 103-year-old veteran.

The Challenge

The Soldier’s Charity engaged with Rebura as they wanted to focus on improving the scalability, resiliency and redundancy of the charity’s existing WordPress website. The website was running on a single EC2 instance which meant it had intermittent performance issues. Therefore, Rebura needed to work quickly to create the new platform.

The Solution

Rebura deployed a new infrastructure to allow ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to host their WordPress site on AWS, following the best practices of AWS Well-Architected Framework.

The new site’s platform was built using an EC2 instance in a private subnet behind a load balancer. The database of choice was Aurora MySQL serverless for seamless scalability and performance. For enhanced security, the website files were stored in an EFS volume in a private subnet. The website will use a CloudFront distribution, which will serve static files from an encrypted S3 Bucket and dynamic files from the EC2 instance.
This whole architecture was deployed using Infrastructure as Code (Terraform) to allow easy deployment and also to maintain and manage the architecture easily once handed over to Soldier’s Charity.
It was created in parallel to the existing site under a new subdomain, then switched over once the configuration is complete.

The website upgrade focused on the following elements as part of the charity’s requirements:

“From the initial interaction with Rebura to the completion of the website, the project was efficient, effective and seamlessly delivered to suit our timelines.”

Dhairya Patel, Chief Information Officer of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

The Results

The infrastructure build was completed quickly and efficiently, with minimum disruption. The ABF Soldier’s Charity now has a scalable, optimised and futureproof solution. The website platform will provide an enhanced customer experience and add extra security and flexibility for any future changes.