Tracelink, launched in 2009 was found with a perspective to help other life science companies to fight against the giant problem of counterfeiting drugs. This is one of the biggest problems in the healthcare field and needs to be addressed.
Tracelink takes the responsibility of connecting, sharing information and collaborating on end-to-end production and supply-chain activities. Tracelink life science cloud has the capability to provide its customers with the fight against counterfeiting and diversion along with the maintenance of product’s quality.
There are so many pharmaceutical companies producing billions of products every year. These products give the rise of billions of transactions and hence terabytes of data. To keep this data and to extract the information from this data is really very difficult. Tracelink uses this data to help fight against the counterfeiting and to ensure compliance with regulations through complete drug traceability. Tracelink wanted a simple solution with the qualities of availability, scalability, agility along with support for full partner’s collaboration at minimized cost.
Tracelink took the services of AWS cloud computing to figure out the solution for their infrastructure demands. Based on the scenarios, different products were used to make the solution flexible and scalable. The architecture team of AWS suggested EC2 for the computing instances. The feed of data was from diversified sources, from large multinational pharmaceutical to small pharmacies and suppliers. The content of the data was also diversified like manufacturing data, packaging data and many more records. The data was all distributed and the challenge was to make it available in an extremely secure way. Large distributed bulks of data were stored on S3 and for the backup and persistent storage purpose, EBS was used.
To manage diverse applications distribution and deployment, Elastic Load Balancing was used. This was to make multiple applications available for the customers at high traffic spike times at less cost and scalability. In order to make the access of the applications fast, Amazon Elasticache was deployed to cater for all the caching needs. Full text user search was ensured with the help of Amazon CloudSearch. In order to manage the access and role management Amazon Identity and Access management was used. For deployment of different applications and to make different template applications for the customers lying in the same space, CloudFormation was used. All these products together helped Tracelink achieve their goal towards highly distributed and diversified, yet highly secure and available environment at much less cost.
“We’re taking full advantage of the elastic nature of AWS by enabling increased capacity in fine-grained service layers and adding application instances and storage capacity as demand grows,” says Peter Spellman, TraceLink Senior Vice President of Product and Cloud Engineering. “We can add incremental application instances and storage capacity in minutes, minimizing cost, and maximizing responsiveness.” These words from the Tracelink’s top team lead refer to the fact that customers are highly satisfied with the services they have acquired from AWS.
Tracelink is now able to manage any kind of outsourced manufacturing performance by giving a single connection to the Life Science Cloud. It can save the customers 4 years of time in addition to more than $9 millions of integration cost. A company on average, manufacturing 50 million products a year can save $1 million per year for 330,000 transactions/day and 24 TB of overall storage. So at the end of the day, AWS cloud provided Tracelink with their desired solution which was highly secure for distributed and diverse environments. It helped the small companies to manage their infrastructure at less cost, and Tracelink to have more and more business opportunities. Apart from this, it has cut down continually the business operational cost which is a big plus for Tracelink. So collaboration of AWS and top life science companies proved to be a great success story.