Pharma Giant Attains Elastic High-Performing Computing


This firm is a privately-held clinical research organization that provides research services across the entire drug development process to its clients. Its trusted research is used by leading companies within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries as well as by government and academic organizations.


This research firm approached the AWS experts at Flux7 as it had two specific - yet different - goals it was hoping to achieve through a new AWS infrastructure. First, the company wanted to update the system its internal team of research scientists used for data analysis as the team’s large data-related demands had outgrown its on-premise system. Second, the company had bid on a federal government project that should they win it, would require cloud capabilities, such as a secure, elastic, high performance computing environment. While the federal government project could be announced at any time, the firm and Flux7 had a looming deadline to meet.

In addition, to meet its pharmaceutical and government clients’ compliance needs, this research firm needed its new environment to be FISMA and NIST 800-53 compliant and have security best practices built-in. For both its internal and external audiences, the firm required that the new environment offer scalability and high availability that will meet both audience’s big data needs. The environment also needed to support two technologies the company uses regularly: Galaxy, a solution for building distributed apps for fine-tune control over data placement, and RStudio’s data analysis software. 


The Flux7 DevOps team worked closely with this clinical research company to fast-track the new, compliant AWS environment running Galaxy and RStudio. The teams started by using the Flux7 Enterprise DevOps Framework as a foundation to create a high performance computing environment for this company’s research scientists, and an almost identical environment for a federal agency to explore data from real studies. Download the case study using the form at the right to read more...

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