Modern Webshop Hosting in Amazon Web Services

Onlineshop Modernization and Hosting for OBI

Webshop Modernization and Hosting in AWS


When it comes to web hosting, Arvato Systems is a long-standing and reliable IT service partner of OBI. For the last 10 years, we have been managing the webshop environments of one of the leading retailers in the DIY and home improvement industry. Having successfully set up the German webshop, we have added other European webshops to our managed service over the years. Along with our client, we have continuously updated the webshop environment with new services and technologies in our state-of-the-art data centers.

As a renowned multi-cloud service provider and AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we moved a large part of the webshop environment to the AWS cloud in 2023. We suggested different migration methods with their advantages and disadvantages to the customer OBI and made a recommendation. The modernized webshop environment now runs on scalable AWS Kubernetes clusters with AWS PaaS databases and is supported by AWS Cloudfront. We also cloudified the store application to ensure a smooth migration.

As multi-cloud service integrator, we are also a reliable managed service partner for OBI after migration. We provide support for the container platform, container-based workloads and serverless workloads around the clock. To proactively respond to incidents, we use our own monitoring solution, OpsWatch.

Customer Benefits

Holistic approach of consulting, implementation (migration) and 24/7 operation
Access to comprehensive full-stack and cloud expertise
Know-how transfer by Arvato Systems experts

"Arvato Systems is much more than a service provider - it is a trusted partner and advisor. We have a deep connection with the company, and it has been essential in helping us demonstrate how AWS can support our evolving business model."


"When OBI decided to migrate to AWS, being an AWS partner allowed us to fully support the migration and the entire cloud journey. OBI is also benefiting from our managed cloud services to help them get the most out of their AWS experience."

Project Overview

Initial Situation

The need for flexibility and scaling of online store environments has increased more and more in recent years, not only due to the Covid19 regulations and thus the temporary closure of the retail sector. Modern cloud environments based on container technologies in conjunction with PaaS and SaaS services are suitable for flexible, horizontal scaling of online store environments.


OBI's online store environment is to be set up in such a way that it can optimally exploit the advantages of the cloud in terms of scalability, flexibility and cost optimization. To this end, the environment is to be migrated to the Amazon Web Services public cloud platform, taking modernization aspects into account, and transferred to stable operation.  


The AWS experts from Arvato Systems developed a migration concept for relocating the entire online store environments, taking into account aspects of the AWS Well-Architected Frameworks and best practices. In the first step, the first parts of the online store were containerized and implemented in AWS in corresponding EKS clusters (Container Acceleration). Arvato Systems monitors these as Elastic Applications, provides the corresponding 24/7 operation and system support, and advises on security issues if required.

  • Excerpt of used services


    • Application Load Balancer
    • Aurora Serverless 
    • Cloud Formation
    • CloudFront
    • Direct Connect
    • Elastic Block Stores (EBS)
    • Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
    • Relational Database Service (RDS)
    • Route 53
    • S3
    • Transit Gateway
    • VPC 
    • VPN
    • Web Application Firewall (WAF)

The customer


Obi Group Holding SE & Co. KGaA (OBI), is a European DIY retail chain with its headquarter in Wermelskirchen, Germany. With 46,000 employees, OBI has more than 640 stores across Europe and is and one of the leading players in the German DIY and home improvement sector.

OBI Smart Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary and provides information technology services to OBI Group companies in Germany and abroad.

Your Contact for Questions about Our Solutions

Ralf Huchtkemper
Expert for the Retail & Consumer Goods Industry