Not every enterprise is comfortable with the public cloud. ACI Specialty Benefits has built its own private cloud and is reaping many of the benefits others get from the public cloud. ACI CIO Ryan Fay is one of those who believes in the old saying: “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
“What we have created is very similar to what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is doing,” says Fay. “It’s our own private virtualised cloud infrastructure. Everything is stored, backed up, expandable, and elastic.”
ACI Specialty Benefits is a privately-owned manager of benefits and wellness solutions for employees. Based in San Diego, Fay supports 14,000 employees and providers, delivering employers a range of “perks” and benefits for their employees. The perks include small things like dry cleaning or babysitter services but it’s proven that these little things can have an impact on employee retention. ACI delivers highly responsive service to over five million subscribers, including benefit providers and insurance brokers.