The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider to reduce its data center footprint.

Under the agreement, the insurance company will migrate majority of its workloads to Amazon’s cloud platform for improved agility, reliability, and functionality.

The American mutual insurance firm will gradually transfer its production workloads to AWS, including mission-critical functions such as data analytics platforms, customer portals, and direct-to-consumer services.

Migration on the AWS’ platform has enabled Guardian to shut down its data centres and slash IT operating expenditure.

Additionally, the underwriter is transferring its newly purchased businesses to the cloud to get rid of legacy infrastructure and technical debt.

Guardian first moved its targeted production workloads to AWS. It then collaborated with AWS to set up an enterprise readiness programme to facilitate smooth transition from on-premises to the cloud.

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AWS will also provide a training facility for Guardian’s employees to develop advanced digital capabilities.

Additionally, Guardian is prototyping and developing new applications using AWS’s functionalities such as compute, database, analytics, and machine learning services.

Furthermore, the insurer created a data reservoir on AWS and Amazon EMR to support its anticipated data growth and analytics strategy.

As part of the collaboration, Guardian is evaluating Amazon’s fully-managed machine learning service SageMaker to gain insights into critical business functions including customer analytics, and fraud detection.

Guardian chief information officer and head of enterprise shared services Dean Del Vecchio said: “AWS has helped Guardian get ahead of insurance industry disruption driven by new technology and changing customer expectations, and enabled us to innovate and provide services how, when and where our customers prefer.

“AWS’s reliable, secure and proven infrastructure lets us scale quickly and access industry-leading services to test and deploy new technologies that delight our customers while protecting our assets in the cloud.”