AWS Infrastructure Optimization and CI/CD Transformation for a Crypto Exchange

  • AWS
  • AWS Cloud Cost optimization 
  • Blockchain DevOps
  • CI/CD Pipelines
  • Cloud Infrastructure Management
  • IT Infrastructure Audit
  • Kubernetes Cluster & Container Management
  • Monitoring and Observability
AWS Infrastructure Optimization and CI/CD Transformation for a Crypto Exchange

Client Overview

Our customer – a SaaS application, a cryptocurrency exchange platform with products including a wallet, an app, a debit card, an exchange, and lending instruments. Their mission is to accelerate the global adoption of cryptocurrencies, making the transactions more convenient for every user. The company serves over 2 million customers around the globe and prides itself on its commitment to security and compliance, obtaining ISO 27001 and ISO 27701 certification.

From the beginning, the startup has implemented a DevSecOps approach to guarantee that security is an integral part of every aspect of software design. Their development process hinges on using infrastructure as code, with meticulous documentation of deployments and modifications. They consistently evaluate both their code and infrastructure using AWS Trusted Advisor, which identifies possible security vulnerabilities and offers suggestions for enhancement.


The customer needed help with building a resource-segregated system and ensuring that wallets cannot contact the blockchain ledger directly, which prevents wallet funds mismanagement.

Also, their resources remained underutilized and overall operational and business effectiveness suffered.

The customer had the following project specifications and challenges:

  • Automate Kubernetes cluster deployment to bare metal servers
  • Automate Kubernetes cluster deployment to AWS
  • Build resource-segregated AWS stack
  • Implement and optimize CI/CD pipelines to reach better agility, scalability, and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) capabilities
  • Effectively utilize infrastructure – make AWS infrastructure cost-effective
  • Implement monitoring and alerting.


In response to the mentioned challenges, Gart conducted a comprehensive infrastructure audit and found out where to optimize resources and streamline the services to enhance cost-efficiency and overall operational effectiveness.

Also, it was important to monitor the system and prevent hacking (as for any fintech startup). The platform also has a lot of network segregation between different parts of the app to ensure that wallets are not accessing it directly — they must pass through a proxy before authentication.

1.Infrastructure Audit and Optimization

a) Audit Phase

Gart initiated the project by conducting a thorough infrastructure audit. This involved assessing the existing AWS resources, identifying areas of underutilization, and pinpointing redundant services.

b) Optimization Phase

Following the audit, we optimized the resource allocation by eliminating non-essential services and rightsizing the infrastructure components. This approach resulted in significant cost savings for the client, reducing their operational expenses on AWS by approximately 68%.

2.Infrastructure Transformation for CI/CD

The platform employs Docker containers to streamline deployment processes.

Recently, the company finalized its Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipeline on AWS, enabling automated building and testing whenever new code is introduced. Engineers rely on Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) as fully managed container orchestration services.

a) Monolith to Microservices

Recognizing the need for greater agility and scalability, Gart proposed a transformation from a monolithic architecture to a microservices-based architecture.

b)CI/CD Implementation

With the newly adopted microservices architecture, we implemented a robust CI/CD pipeline. This enabled automated testing, deployment, and monitoring of individual microservices, streamlining the development and release processes.

c)Continuous Monitoring

To ensure the ongoing stability and performance of the cryptocurrency trading SaaS, our team has established continuous monitoring solutions that allow for prompt detection and resolution of potential issues, ensuring the application’s high availability.

3.Outlining Security as a Priority

The cryptocurrency exchange platform takes advantage of AWS’s extensive global network to remain compliant with constantly changing data residency regulations. It employs AWS Transit Gateway to guarantee data privacy when linking its virtual private clouds across various AWS Regions. All network traffic is automatically encrypted, providing a safeguard against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other typical security threats.

As cryptocurrency markets’ regulations continue to evolve, the startup performs regular business continuity drills for disaster recovery (DR), as security and data privacy are critical for building trust and market adoption.


Gart has eliminated wasteful spending & adopted a microservices architecture by implementing CI/CD practices.

Cost Savings

The infrastructure audit and optimization efforts yielded significant cost savings, reducing the client’s AWS operational expenses by approximately 68%. These savings were reallocated to further enhance the development and expansion of the cryptocurrency trading platform.

Enhanced Agility

The transformation from a monolithic to a microservices architecture empowered the client to respond swiftly to market changes, add new features, and scale resources as needed. CI/CD implementation ensured rapid and reliable software releases, eliminating downtime.

Improved Reliability

Continuous monitoring and proactive maintenance measures ensured that the cryptocurrency trading SaaS remained highly available and responsive. The application experienced minimal downtime, enhancing user satisfaction and trust.

By leveraging the latest technologies that Gart offered on AWS, the client achieved significant cost reductions, increased agility, and enhanced application reliability. This case study highlights the importance of continuous improvement and innovation in modernizing IT infrastructure to meet evolving business needs.

If you’re ready to harness the transformative power of optimized infrastructure and revolutionize your delivery process, Gart stands ready to guide you in embracing DevOps excellence.

Discover more about our DevOps-as-a-Service offerings on our dedicated page.

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