Lush shifts e-commerce platform from one cloud to another due to open source initiative

Cosmetics retailer Lush has migrated its global ecommerce platform onto Google Cloud, part of a wider initiative to embrace open source software across the organisation.

Based in Poole, Lush serves customers in 51 countries, with 900 bricks and mortar stores and an online presence.

The company had previously relied on a a platform as a service content management system from Acquia – running on Amazon Web Service cloud – to support its online sales. Late last year, a decision was made to switch providers as its contract with Acquia neared its end, shifting 17 international websites onto Google’s infrastructure as a service platform.

The migration was surprisingly swift, with the entire project completed in less than a month – and just days before the peak Boxing Day trading period for the business.

“All in all we had a 22-day migration window in which we actually did the project,” says Ryan Kerry, Global Head of Engineering and Technology, adding that three regions – APAC, Europe and South America – were all brought online over four days.

“It was a pretty fast-paced decision,” adds chief digital officer Jack Constantine, whose parents founded the 21-year old company. “We decided on a Friday and started on migrating on a Monday.”