Biotech Startup

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About Biotech Startup

The company is a fast-growing biotech startup founded in 2019.

Industry

Biotechnology, Healthcare & Life Sciences

Location

United States

Challenge

Build and maintain an AWS Well-Architected infrastructure to improve scalability and availability, enhance governance and security, and optimize costs.

Featured Service

Managed DevOps Services, AWS Consolidated Billing, ShareSave Service by nOps

The Results

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Improved scalability and availability

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Enhanced governance and security

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Cost optimization

Challenge

Build and maintain an AWS Well-Architected infrastructure to improve scalability and availability, enhance governance and security, and optimize costs. The company was focused on the hypergrowth of its business and needed help building and maintaining its AWS infrastructure so its development team could focus on innovation.

Solution

Since its founding, the company has been in hypergrowth mode. It had its biotech blueprint in place but was starting from scratch in terms of infrastructure buildout. It was looking to move quickly and needed a fully optimized infrastructure on AWS. The company sought an AWS partner to help build the infrastructure and maintain its AWS environments to support product innovation and development, testing, and production. An AWS Account Manager recommended nClouds to the company based on its deep AWS and DevOps expertise.

nClouds’ team worked with the company to build environments using AWS Well-Architected best practices. The team included a Project Manager, a Solutions Architect, and DevOps Engineers. The company also asked nClouds to provide Managed DevOps Services to proactively identify and fix issues, support its development team, work on future DevOps improvement projects, and regularly communicate with product stakeholders.

nClouds built out the AWS infrastructure based upon the AWS Biotech Blueprint Quick Start that the company was using. The infrastructure includes a new multi-account setup with AWS best practices for security, configuring backups, and cross-regional snapshots. nClouds also migrated part of the company’s on-premises infrastructure to AWS. nClouds provided storage gateway links between on-premises and AWS via Amazon S3, syncing the Amazon S3 data and on-premises data. The company asked nClouds to create two proofs of concepts (PoCs): one for AWS ParallelCluster, and the other for using the AWS Active Directory Connector and an AWS Site-to-Site VPN connection with Amazon WorkSpaces.

The Benefits

Teaming with nClouds, the company now has a robust infrastructure aligned with AWS Well-Architected best practices and nClouds’ Managed DevOps Services to help maintain that alignment. The project has yielded numerous benefits:

Improved scalability and availability

  • Amazon EC2, Amazon EFS, Amazon RDS, Amazon Route 53, Amazon S3, Amazon EFS, and Amazon VPC support the company's infrastructure scalability and high availability.

Enhanced governance and security

  • nClouds built a centrally managed, secure, multi-account AWS environment. A transit account grants access to other AWS accounts. Data is controlled by using powerful AWS services and tools to determine where data is stored, how it is secured, and who has access to it. AWS Control Tower, AWS Organizations, and CloudTrail provide governance. Security monitoring is provided by AWS Security Hub, Amazon GuardDuty, and nOps. AWS IAM, AWS SSO and OpenVPN Access Server provide access control. AWS Site-to-Site VPN creates encrypted tunnels between the company’s network and Amazon Virtual Private Clouds or AWS Transit Gateways.

Cost optimization

  • To help the company optimize its AWS costs, nClouds implemented consolidated billing for AWS Organizations. nClouds combines the usage from all the company's AWS accounts to deliver volume pricing discounts, manages AWS credits to optimize usage, and provides a monthly summary of top cost-drivers plus quarterly cost optimization assessments. nClouds provided a free subscription to nOps to manage cost optimization, billing statements, and chargeback capabilities. The company is also enrolled in ShareSave Service by nOps, enabling real-time, risk-free, hands-free automatic life-cycle management of Amazon EC2 commitments with a shared-savings pricing model.

We were impressed with nClouds’ AWS and DevOps expertise, so we asked them to help us move quickly to build our infrastructure and support our company’s growth. We continue to rely on nClouds’ Managed DevOps Services to maintain and grow our AWS infrastructure so our development team can focus on innovation.”

- IT Executive, Biotech startup

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