Lendico has optimized its application building and management process, generating savings with more than 70 Edge Applications running on Azion's Edge

Challenge

Lendico is one of the most prominent personal credit fintechs today. Since the beginning of its operations, the creditor has made more than R$500 million in loans to more than 60,000 customers on its online platform, in addition to promoting innovative actions in the Brazilian market, such as:

  • Boleto Parcelado Lendico, which provides electronic credit access to tens of thousands of consumers in partnership with more than 3,500 e-commerces;
  • 100% online loan application process, with personalized interest rates and deposits that can occur on the same day;
  • The use of technology and intelligence for analysis that goes beyond the traditional market score, bringing opportunities to an even wider range of people.

However, securing fair interest rates while evolving and innovating is a challenge. At Lendico, the amount of workloads and resources managed has affected operations by:

  • Creating bureaucracy and complexity in operational processes;
  • Compromising application performance; and
  • Generating unnecessary costs with cloud providers.

Another obstacle for Lendico was the low performance of content delivery network (CDN) solutions in regions such as the North and Northeast, where a large percentage of their customers are concentrated and latency rates are the highest in Brazil¹.

After analyzing the market, Lendico got to know Azion's Edge Computing Platform, relying on Azion’s:

  • High processing capacity, which is up to 30x faster than cloud solutions²;
  • Wide coverage in Brazil, with more than 30 points of presence across the country; and
  • Range of edge-based products that help Lendico prepare for the future.

With the Azion Platform, Lendico now has essential resources to improve the performance and security of its application, even in hostile network structures, one of the main challenges for its growth in Brazil.

Solution

Drastically reducing latency is one of the main reasons organizations move to the edge³. Lendico was no different. The company adopted several native edge solutions from Azion, such as:

  • Edge Functions: allows the Lendico team of developers to run eventless serverless applications on the edge closest to each user;
  • Application Acceleration: improves the performance of Lendico’s applications and APIs (application programming interfaces) by optimizing protocols and building advanced request and response rules;
  • Edge Caching: accelerates the delivery of Lendico's content, keeping it cached on the edge according to their needs and preferences;
  • Edge Firewall: enables Lendico to create access control rules and protect their applications against top 10 OWASP threats and sophisticated zero-day attacks.

At the beginning of their partnership with Azion, Lendico ran only their website flow and external APIs on Azion’s Edge. Later, their team of experts began to reformulate Lendico’s internal architecture, which involved:

  • Migrating applications to a microservice-oriented architecture;
  • Moving all applications to the Azion Edge Platform;
  • Creating a single point of entry and exit for data to isolate databases and source applications.

Migrating to Azion allowed Lendico to reduce the amount of services they use from their cloud provider and, consequently, reduce the costs that these operations generate.

By exploring the programmable characteristics of the Azion Platform, Lendico integrated the management of Azion’s Edge resources into its own systems via API. This simplification benefited Lendico by making their processes more agile, strengthening their DevOps culture and providing gains in operational efficiency.

Results and Impact

Building Edge Applications has allowed Lendico to drastically reduce the workloads processed by its cloud provider. Since then, Lendico’s gains in performance, security and innovation are increasing every day, and the company has saved 40% per year on its cloud services.

In the Northeast region of Brazil, where Lendico’s old solution performed poorly, the speed of Lendico’s applications improved more than 80% when requests were answered at Azion's points of presence.

Managing time is one of the five biggest challenges that developers face⁴. By simplifying the management of their hundreds of microservices, developers have more autonomy to perform tests and implement code directly on the edge.

Using Network Layer Protection to manage IP (Internet Protocol) addresses from Azion's Network Lists, Lendico simplified the process of releasing its partners to access internal pages, a task that previously generated enormous costs in man hours. Now the process is done automatically and safely through whitelists.

During all stages of their partnership, Azion specialists were available to assist Lendico in implementing ideas, security, and events. The result was a strengthened relationship and increasingly sophisticated and innovative projects.

“Our content distribution network was focused on caching and distribution, and we did not have the objective of expanding our use of microservices and security until we learned about the features and programmability of Azion's Edge Platform and its various points of presence in Brazil.” Marcelo Negrini, CTO of Lendico

About Lendico

Lendico is a personal loan fintech that began its journey in 2015 with the understanding that credit, when used consciously and with personalized and fair rates, is a means for people to move forward, fulfill their dreams and progress each more. Since then, more than R$500 million has been loaned, boosting the lives of more than 65,000 customers.

The same mission of offering progress and democratizing access to credit led Lendico to expand its product portfolio in 2020 and launch Boleto Parcelado Lendico: a payment method integrated with the main e-commerce platforms in Brazil, which allows purchases online in installments without the need for a credit card.