Scaling for Star Wars on AWS 1

Sudden & Pronounced Surges in Traffic is one of the largest advance movie ticketing services in the world. During major film releases, such as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” their system experiences sudden and pronounced surges in traffic. The traditionally constructed ‘on-premises’ infrastructure was not designed to handle these major spikes. Aware of the need for a more substantial environment, searched for a partner that could facilitate the migration of their entire customer-facing infrastructure to Amazon Web Services, in less than a month.

33% Improved Performance

Onica designed and constructed an environment that could scale both variable and large scale load increases, while remaining both PCI compliant and Highly Available. The team at Onica worked feverishly with the MovieTickets Information Systems team, to create the desired environmental solutions within the specified time frame.




Migrate customer facing infrastructure to AWS in less than a month

Services & Tech

Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Migration 

“Thanks to the extraordinary effort and skill of both Onica and the IT and DB teams, we were able to migrate 15 years of infrastructure in 3 weeks.”
Craig Lefkowitz
Director of Information Systems,

Onica built the optimal solution and tested it repeatedly. The ‘requests per minute (/RPM)’ were increased incrementally as the major film release approached. To test the system’s durability, several failure scenarios were run (web server failure, DB failure, etc.), all of which resulted in zero downtime while maintaining the target number of requests per minute. The Onica Team was successful in reaching 1,000,000/RPM without incident, which is far in excess of any historical load, and achieved a greater than 33% improved performance while the site continued to remain faster and more responsive.

Why Us

Why Onica

Onica is one of the largest and fastest-growing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Consulting Partners in the world, helping companies enable, operate, and innovate in the cloud. From migration strategy to operational excellence and immersive transformation, Onica is a full spectrum AWS integrator. Learn more at