CASE STUDY

Stemcell Technologies

Automated infrastructure and database services

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Who is Stemcell Technologies?

Stemcell Technologies Inc. is a Canadian biotechnology company that develops systems and products specially made for life science research. Driven by a passion for quality in science, Stemcell Technologies  supports the advancement of  research around the world.

Industry

Health & Life Sciences

Challenge

Infrastructure upgrade to improve mobile application’s speed and reliability for increased demand

Services & Tech

Cloud Infrastructure, AWS CloudFormation, 

Scalability and new development

Stemcell Technologies required infrastructure upgrades and system integrations in order to keep up with increased demand.

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Results/Benefits

After the evaluation phase, Onica was able to define best practices and policies for implementing and maintaining the AWS infrastructure and design a network architecture that would satisfy the organization’s requirements for security, access policies and further growth. Using CloudFormation, Onica was able to automate the network infrastructure and backend services like databases, allowing Stemcell to deploy their environment in another region or easily set-up test beds and sandboxes for validating major updates to certain services. On top of that, Onica helped componentize the architecture and decouple configuration like firewall setup in the various CloudFormation templates, allowing the organization to version their configuration and easily roll new updates or rollback changes to the network stack.

Once the hybrid environment was established, Onica further helped in implementing various development, testing and production stacks for the ongoing BI, BPM and other integration or business process improvement initiatives. Stemcell relies on Onica to provide insight and help build a strategy for migrating additional workloads into the AWS environment and continues to work closely with our solution architects to build further plans for taking advantage of the opportunity that AWS has enabled for the organization. Stemcell has recognized early in the process that moving into the cloud requires proper planning, reliance on best practices and architecture effort to ensure the cloud environment can meet their needs and the use of Onica’s expertise with AWS is a key part of their continuous improvement strategy.

“We’ve been very impressed with the level of expertise that we’ve been able to find in Onica. They were able to understand our business model and come up with affordable solutions.”
Joe Kugler
IT Director

Why Us?

After evaluating AWS, Onica helped Stemcell successfully run the following evaluation stages:

  • Testing the feasibility of running the Visual ERP system in a virtual private network inside AWS connected to the on premise network via VPN
  • Implementing a BPEL-based integration between the Visual ERP database and Salesforce, using the Oracle Fusion Middleware within the previously established hybrid environment
  • Implementing a Data Warehouse and BI solution using RDS and Redshift inside the same hybrid environment
  • Researching and evaluating different ETL vendors for building integration pipelines between the on premise or cloud data and the central Data Warehouse
Onica has been able to help Stemcell compare the value of hosting their infrastructure with AWS and envision how can a hybrid cloud strategy help the company grow their business and implement advanced reporting, integration and business process management solutions that would be hard or cost prohibitive in their current on premise environment.

OUTCOMES

A highly secure AWS Infrastructure

Onica was able to automate the network infrastructure and backend services like databases, allowing Stemcell to deploy their environment in another region or easily set-up test beds for validating major updates. Onica helped componentize the architecture and decouple configuration like firewall setup in the various CloudFormation templates allowing for easy update rollout.

WHY US

Why Onica

Onica is one of the largest and fastest-growing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Consulting Partners in the world, helping companies enable, operate, and innovate in the cloud. From migration strategy to operational excellence and immersive transformation, Onica is a full spectrum AWS integrator. Learn more at www.onica.com.

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