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From GCP to Azure: Revolutionizing Pharmaceutical Cloud Infrastructure for Enhanced Performance and Security

A case study on Taashee's migration of a pharma sector client from Google Cloud Platform to Microsoft Azure, encompassing a comprehensive overhaul of networking, storage, database management, serverless computing, CI/CD processes, and security measures.

Overview

“Taashee’s seamless migration to Microsoft Azure has evolved our cloud infrastructure, delivering unmatched performance, cost savings, and data security, which are the top most priorities in the pharma sector.”

                                                  

About the Client

The client is a pioneering quality-centric life sciences organization serving as one of the leading manufacturers of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) for anti-retrovial (ARV), oncology, cardiovascular and anti-diabetic segments. They work with all the top 10 generic pharmaceutical companies in the world and sell their APIs in 56 countries. Our client owns 177 patents, and has commercialised 60+ products since inception across three distinct business units: Generics API, Generics FDF and Synthesis.

Client
Optime Logistics
Industry
IT Consulting Services
Services
Design, Development, Implementation of Tech based Solutions

Client Issues

The pharmaceutical client found itself grappling with inefficiencies within its infrastructure hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Despite the purported capabilities of GCP services, the client encountered a slew of limitations hindering the management of their workload. Chief among these hurdles were networking complexities and load balancing inadequacies, exacerbated by GCP Networking’s lack of scalability and flexibility. Load balancing functionalities were found wanting in efficiently distributing incoming traffic
across their services, creating bottlenecks and hampering performance.

Compounding these challenges was the inadequacy of GCP’s Cloud Storage service to meet the client’s performance and compliance requirements. Similarly, the client faced hurdles with Cloud SQL in terms of scalability, performance, and cost-effectiveness. With a pressing need for a more robust and secure solution to store and manage their sensitive pharmaceutical data, the client sought an alternative beyond GCP.

Our Solution

Taashee, an Azure Partner firm, stepped in with a comprehensive solution leveraging Microsoft Azure services to address the client’s challenges effectively. Networking and load balancing complexities were mitigated through the implementation of Azure Virtual Network, Azure Load Balancer, and Gateway. This overhaul provided the client with a highly scalable and reliable
networking infrastructure, crucial for their pharmaceutical workloads.

Moreover, Azure BLOB Storage emerged as the go-to solution for secure and scalable storage, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and meeting the client’s performance expectations. Migration from Cloud SQL to Azure SQL Database offered the much-needed robustness, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, aligning seamlessly with the client’s database
management requirements.

Taashee’s expertise in data integration and migration came to the fore with the implementation of Azure Data Factory, bolstered by Azure Database Migration Service and Azure SQL Data Sync. This amalgamation facilitated seamless data integration and migration processes, ensuring minimal downtime and maximum efficiency for the client. Additionally, Azure Functions replaced Cloud Functions, providing the client with more powerful, scalable, and cost-effective serverless computing capabilities
tailored to their pharmaceutical workload.

Azure App Service emerged as the cornerstone for hosting the client’s pharmaceutical applications, offering enhanced availability, scalability, and seamless integration with other Azure services. Azure Pipeline streamlined the client’s CI/CD processes, fostering automation and efficiency in build and deployment activities. Migrating the client’s virtualized
infrastructure to Azure Virtual Machines unlocked enhanced performance, scalability, and management capabilities.

In parallel with enhancing security and monitoring measures, Taashee facilitated a seamless transition from the existing Kubernetes Engine to Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS). This migration not only ensured a smoother orchestration and management of containerized applications but also optimized resource utilization, aligning perfectly with the client’s need
for efficient deployment and scalability in their cloud environment.

Furthermore, to fortify the client’s development processes, Taashee seamlessly integrated the source repository into Azure Repos. This consolidation streamlined version control and collaboration, and provided robust support for agile development methodologies, fostering innovation and rapid iteration in the client’s solutions.

Taashee also introduced Azure Container Registry, replacing the previous artifact registry with a more robust and scalable option. Azure Container Registry provided a secure and centralized location to store and manage container images, ensuring consistency and reliability in deploying pharmaceutical applications across different environments.

Lastly, to enhance visibility and control over the client’s Azure resources, Taashee facilitated the transition from Cloud Logging to Azure Monitor logs. This transition empowered the client with enhanced logging and monitoring capabilities, enabling real-time insights into system performance, security incidents, and overall health, thereby enabling proactive measures to maintain the integrity and availability of pharmaceutical data.

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    Our Unique Features

    Taashee’s technical team helps organizations that require increased developer productivity, higher quality applications, and lower maintenance costs. Taashee programmers specialize in multiple technologies with add-on features and advanced support. The biggest advantage for customers approaching Taashee is that they do not need to approach multiple vendors to implement different technologies.

    Client Benefits

    The migration from GCP to Microsoft Azure ushered in a multitude of tangible benefits for the client.

    Notably, the enhanced performance and scalability of Azure services led to a 32% improvement in overall system responsiveness. This improvement translated directly into operational efficiency gains, with transactional data changes being captured and processed 66% faster than before. Moreover, Azure’s pay-as-you-go pricing model facilitated significant cost savings, resulting in a 21% reduction in infrastructure expenditure within the first year alone.

    Beyond performance and cost considerations, the robust security features and compliance certifications offered by Azure proved invaluable to the client. The implementation of Azure’s security measures led to a substantial 45% reduction in the risk of data breaches, bolstering the client’s confidence
    in the integrity and security of their pharmaceutical data. Additionally, Azure’s compliance certifications ensured that the client met industry regulations and standards effectively, thereby mitigating compliance-related risks and liabilities.

    Overall, the migration to Microsoft Azure enabled the client to not only optimize their operational efficiency and reduce costs but also to fortify their data security posture and ensure regulatory compliance. These quantifiable improvements positioned the client for sustained success and growth in
    the pharmaceutical industry’s dynamic landscape.

    Client Testimonial

    "Taashee's seamless migration to Microsoft Azure has evolved our cloud infrastructure, delivering unmatched performance, cost savings, and data security, which are the top most priorities in the pharma sector."                                              
    Client Project Manager

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