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Climatempo improves performance and increases availability by migrating to the cloud

About Climatempo

Climatempo provides high-quality weather consultancy services for strategic segments. As the first Brazilian private company to provide custom weather analyses for several market sectors, it is always seeking to innovate.

Industries: Professional Services
Location: Brazil

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About SantoDigital

Through its cloud consultancy services, SantoDigital develops strategic solutions that accelerate corporate migration and internal infrastructure processes to deliver innovative digital results.

Supported by SantoDigital and Google Cloud, Climatempo innovated its infrastructure to accelerate processes and deliveries.

Results

  • Faster data delivery to customers using Cloud Bigtable.
  • Agile virtual machine serving for product hosting.
  • More time to develop demands.

>99.8% uptime rate.

For over 30 years, Climatempo has been providing high-quality weather consultancy services for strategic segments in Brazil. Its portfolio includes custom analyses for several market sectors, media newsletters, a 24-hour channel for the country’s main cable TV operators, and a consolidated digital presence through a website and apps, with more than 20 million monthly users.

The company, which has offices in São Paulo and São José dos Campos, offers products to both end consumers and companies from segments such as agribusiness, mining, and construction. Consequently, Climatempo’s services depend heavily on the correct processing of its weather models, since each has its own particular features, and on the accuracy of data analytics.

Therefore, one of Climatempo’s main challenges is providing weather and climatological data for different geographical areas and time zones, integrating physical model processing with a wide array of monitored data (Big Data).

“One of the problems we had was that some of the proposed climate scenario analysis projects were very urgent. Moreover, as customers need our reports, alerts, and newsletters to define local monitoring areas, rescue teams, and energy recovery, for instance, our platform has to remain 100% stable,” says Flávio Horita, Climatempo’s CTO.

The company’s old data center did not provide easy information management, suffered periods of unavailability, and had a low performance. This led to an urgent search for a cloud service that would give better results and an improved performance for the tools used for internal activities.

Migration in record time

After creating budgets and quotes, the company found the answers it needed to improve its operations in Google Cloud. One highlight was better cost-benefit with that option.

“We created resources and performed tests throughout this journey. If we count the total time from when the budget was created, the first environment uploaded using Compute Engine, and the start of service migration, everything took place in two to three weeks.”

Luiz Felipe Xavier, SRE Expert, Climatempo

The company performed the first stage of the migration on its own in 2017, but in 2019 it was joined by SantoDigital, which provided support and advice on cloud products and their usability.

The benefits provided by Google Cloud include processing large data volumes, supporting diverse delivery needs, agile VM serving, and delivery deployment routines.

“Climatempo has a highly specialized team, whose professionals have lots of training in diverse areas. Our mission was to understand and support the customer’s business to make it fit with the best the cloud has to offer. Our consultancy services help validate the best architecture and deploy it to provide the best result for the business.”

Alan Pires, Sales Executive, Santo Digital

Currently, Climatempo uses solutions such as: Compute Engine, as virtual machines are an essential part of the company’s routine; Cloud Bigtable, which has exponentially increased service performance and the speed of data deliveries to customers; and Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Build, and Cloud Storage.

Climatempo’s secret is that it uses that mesh of products together. The flexibility provided by that group of platform ecosystems and the availability of a few monitoring tools have led the company to expand resources and explore new solutions.

Advantages and positive results

Cloud migration has also driven a significant evolution regarding demands that used to involve some red tape. The time needed to serve servers was cut to a few hours. The same happened when the company needed to scale the VMs to deal with an increased demand.

Product availability is a key factor, with a guaranteed uptime rate of around 99.8%.

Thanks to these results, Climatempo has noticed increased confidence among its customers. This allows the company to focus on coding, delivering value, and experimenting to provide increasingly specialized services.

“At Santo we’re always thinking about how the cloud can give customers innovation. That’s why we’re always trying to bring new aspects that can add something while meeting the company’s goals,” says SantoDigital’s Sales Executive.

As for Climatempo, the company will keep looking for challenges to add business differentiators. Currently, it is considering using Anthos and log and tracing tools, with more news coming soon.

“We’re assessing potential monitoring tools, considering how observable a microservice or app area is. We think that the more data we have, the better, either to report unavailability periods, correct mistakes, or think about the future.”

Flávio Horita, CTO, Climatempo

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About Climatempo

Climatempo provides high-quality weather consultancy services for strategic segments. As the first Brazilian private company to provide custom weather analyses for several market sectors, it is always seeking to innovate.

Industries: Professional Services
Location: Brazil

About SantoDigital

Through its cloud consultancy services, SantoDigital develops strategic solutions that accelerate corporate migration and internal infrastructure processes to deliver innovative digital results.