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Case Study: carsales Drives Confidently to the Cloud Ltd (carsales) is Australia’s leading automotive classifieds website, servicing the private consumer space and over 6,000 dealers in Australia across multiple verticals. Based in Melbourne and with a team of over 450 staff, their mission is to connect buyers and sellers via a range of platforms and user-friendly products throughout their network of sites. Every month, the carsales website welcomes over 6 million unique visitors, processes over 450 million searches and serves over 12.5 billion image downloads.

With operations across the Asia Pacific region, carsales is creating a strong presence abroad by investing in other players in automotive industries in Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

As a growing enterprise, carsales has long been looking to transition from a legacy data center to the cloud.

After evaluating other potential options, carsales chose Sumo Logic, a cloud-native data analytics service that delivers continuous intelligence to enable organizations to monitor the service delivery and performance of their infrastructure to ensure services are available and performing at the highest levels that serve the business and its customers.

In just under three weeks, carsales deployed Sumo Logic to monitor over 100 servers and, within minutes, teams were able to configure log alerts and create visual dashboards and see trending metrics, in real-time. Using Analytics to Gain Full Stack Visibility and Boost Efficiency Using Sumo Logic, carsales has gained operational visibility across their entire infrastructure stack and obtained new insights into application health and performance. Sumo Logic has also resulted in some significant operational efficiencies for the carsales team. Previously, finding someone with production access to obtain and retrieve the correct logs was time consuming. Now, any developer can access logs across the entire system within seconds and use Sumo Logic’s query language to analyze and easily drill down to find the source of any problem.

With constant monitoring, the development team now has greater ownership over quality, and having real-time insights at their fingertips, feel empowered to use data to highlight the impact of business decisions to senior management.

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“Sumo Logic brings everything together into one interface where we can quickly scan across 1,000 servers and gigabytes of logs and quickly identify problems. It’s awesome software and awesome support.”

Jon Dokuli,
VP of Engineering

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