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D2L Completes Transformation to Modernize its Learning Platform

Move Completes a Complex Migration to Amazon Web Services

Press Release

Global learning technology leader D2L announced today that it has quietly and seamlessly completed moving 100% of D2L clients* to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, while adding important new improvements along the way.

“Three years ago, we set out to make this important change for our customers,” said D2L CEO John Baker. “We said we’d do it, we did it — and our customers can count on us to deliver. This is one of several major initiatives that D2L has focused on over the past three to five years to modernize our platform to ensure we’re best in class. We listened closely to our clients to make sure we were doing it right. As a result, and thanks to the tireless dedication of our employees, we’re seeing increased momentum in our business.”

Moving customers to a singular environment allows for numerous improvements to D2L’s Brightspace platform that were too complex to undertake when the platform was supported across multiple technologies. These improvements include:

  • More frequent and automatic enhancements without disruption or downtime for our users
  • Reduced complexity of infrastructure technology, which allows the D2L engineering team to focus on innovation
  • Better overall stability and reliability for customers
  • Numerous feature improvements to the core platform based on thousands of design sessions with clients

Changes such as these — while large, complex and challenging — are necessary to improve the overall experience for Brightspace users worldwide. By collaborating closely with customers to minimize disruption during this transformation, and by focusing on automation, D2L delivered a highly uneventful transition and successfully retained 98% of its education clients, despite the massive transition. With this latest transformation, D2L has cemented its reputation as a company unafraid to take on major change, and one that does what it says it will do.

“Our clients need us to provide them with certainty so they can deliver on their state-of-the-art learning programs. We bring the certainty they need,” said D2L COO Cheryl Ainoa. “The fact that this particular transformation was uneventful is entirely by design — and something we’re very proud of.”

*One customer in progress to complete the transition.



Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform built by educators, for educators that works on any device. It’s secure, worry-free technology that puts customers first — allowing you to create engaging courses within your existing technology to fit your unique needs. With Brightspace, you can easily set up individualized learning paths for your students, keep them on track with automated nudges, provide them with personalized feedback and increase their engagement through gamification, social tools, video and other powerful features.

Brightspace is the only learning platform chosen as a partner of the National Federation of the Blind’s Strategic Nonvisual Access Partnership program, which has been redesigned as their Centre of Excellence in Nonvisual Access. Brightspace was named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. Aragon Research also included D2L in its highly coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list and Brightspace was named the Best K-12 Learning Management System at the SIIA CODiE Awards. To learn more, visit the Higher Education and K-12 pages on our website.



D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at

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