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Matson closes data centres and moves to Amazon

Steve Rogerson
December 7, 2016
US shipping company Matson has closed its four data centres and moved its tracking network to Amazon Web Services.
The shipping industry requires advanced IT capabilities to enable precise tracking of assets and customer shipments as they move around the world. Matson's vessels, shipping terminals, container equipment and truck shipments all require reliable technology to ensure that its transportation network operates at world-class levels.
Matson, whose shipping network reaches Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, China and areas of the South Pacific, has closed all four of its on-premises data centres in its migration to AWS. Moving its applications from its on-premises data centres to the AWS Cloud has helped Matson achieve faster performance, increased reliability and security, and IT infrastructure cost savings.
"Several years ago we set out on a journey to modernise our entire portfolio of enterprise applications and to upgrade and optimise every corner of our IT infrastructure," said Peter Weis, Matson's CIO. “Once we completed our application modernisation, we were ready to culminate this transformation by migrating onto a single cloud platform, which we view as the optimal strategy to sustain world-class customer service and operational reliability. We chose the AWS Cloud because it provides unmatched security, performance, and cost benefits. Having moved one hundred per cent of our enterprise applications from on-premises data centres to the AWS Cloud, we are now free to focus on further innovation."
Matson's customers count on cloud-based applications to provide real-time visibility and analytics in managing their own supply chains. All of these mission-critical applications now run on the AWS Cloud, including Matson's custom-built order-to-cash booking and billing systems, terminal operations, global equipment management, US-wide logistics applications and customer-facing web site.
"Companies large and small around the world are increasingly moving all-in on the AWS Cloud so they can focus their resources on differentiated work," said Mike Clayville, vice president for worldwide sales at AWS. "We've worked closely with Matson during its migration to AWS and are excited to congratulate them on the closing of their data centres. Standardising on the broadest cloud platform available, Matson will be able to devote more of its time and resources to driving new and enhanced processes for its own customers."
AWS offers more than 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, IoT and enterprise applications from 38 zones across 14 geographic regions in the USA, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore and India.
Founded in 1882, Matson is a US carrier in the Pacific. The company's fleet of 22 owned vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on-roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson's transportation network throughout the continental USA. Its integrated, asset-light logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage, warehousing and less-than-container load freight consolidation and forwarding to Alaska.