Testing the Cloud Migration Process with a CRM

Establishing a best practices AWS infrastructure

Challenges

Secure, compliant HPC framework to bring solution to market

  • Maintain a lean IT team, without committing to managed services.
  • Gain assurance of best practices that come with experienced cloud infrastructure experts.
  • Engage in a small AWS migration project in order to test the environment and process, and educate their team.

Planning a Migration to AWS Ravi Kumar Monangi is IT Associate Director (architecture, security, quality/ compliance) at Pharmacyclics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and immune mediated diseases.

Monangi’s main goal is to help Pharmacyclics efficiently deliver novel therapies intended to improve quality of life. Part of that efficiency means running a lean and nimble IT department. To this aim, Monangi has made the strategic choice to leverage domain expertise from partners instead of carrying the financial burden of extensive in-house IT teams.

Before Monangi could consider migrating critical infrastructure to AWS, he wanted to test the waters with cloud infrastructure by moving their content management system to Amazon Web Services to host a scalable front-end site.

While his team includes skilled network engineers and system administrators, they were not cloud architecture experts and weren’t confident they could implement a secure, stable, production-ready environment in Amazon Web Services on their own.

While they had the resources to invest in training staff, it would require months to complete this project. And even then, they would not be aware of the many best practices that come with experience. Most of the AWS architecture experts Monangi spoke with were managed services providers or organizations that wanted to focus on the larger goal of putting the company’s entire infrastructure in the cloud.

Most of the AWS architecture experts Monangi spoke with were managed services providers or organizations that wanted to focus on the larger goal of putting the company’s entire infrastructure in the cloud.

Monangi led the vendor evaluation effort and selected Flux7, an Amazon Advanced Tier Partner with AWS certified consultants, known for its ability to implement strategies that include DevOps. Flux7’s first-hand experience matched Monangi’s estimation that it’s best to use a divide and conquer approach towards AWS migrations. They would start with a single app and expand organically.

Solution

High Performance, Scalable Infrastructure

Flux7 helped Monangi to establish a virtual private cloud (VPC). Production and nonproduction private subnets were configured so that all websites, currently hosted across various providers, were migrated to AWS infrastructure. Point-to-point VPN connectivity was also established between its company headquarters and AWS.

The investment in Flux7’s expertise not only helped Monangi’s team quickly achieve its goal, but also provided a rich source of education. Now, they can manage the infrastructure independently, reducing the need for potentially burdensome financial contracts with managed service providers.