Amazon Web Services Data Science Case Study

Independent Software Vendor Customer

James Phipps

Executive Summary
BeCloud is working with a mid-size independent software vendor that provides engineering software to customers in governments and large consultancies around the world.  The company provides a packaged desktop software solution, has a suite of cloud-based web applications, and produces a very large data product regarding national infrastructure.  

The Challenge 
The data product is the result of applying the  company's own packaged product as well as several Big Data tools to perform very large-scale numerical calculations on substantial computing infrastructure.  The company has hundreds of terabytes of data to contend with in terms of inputs, intermediate outputs, and result data destined for its customers.  


The Solution
This required a hybrid cloud solution that connected the Amazon Web Service cloud with physical data center presence that engendered over 150 high-performance servers that were perpetually running models, delivering data to customers every month.  The combined computing power of the physical data center infrastructure was about 3,600 Intel Xeon cores, 38TB of memory and 550 TB of storage local to the data center.  The company also had web applications for analyzing and GIS mapping of the result data in the cloud.  BeCloud developed a hybrid cloud data delivery solution utilizing various AWS services such as Storage Gateway, Snowball, and S3 to transfer input data, result data for cloud applications, and on-premise data deliveries for clients.  Additionally, Becloud developed a secure solution for its internal engineers all over the world to interact with their hybrid cloud infrastructure, protecting their data and intellectual property.

The Benefits
BeCloud developed a hybrid cloud data delivery solution utilizing various AWS services such as Storage Gateway, Snowball and S3 to transfer result data for cloud applications, and on-premise data deliveries for clients.  BeCloud now manages the full life cycle of the company's data delivery infrastructure in the data center as well as cloud resource management and monitoring.  Our role as an IT management provider allows engineers to focus on producing the data product instead of managing the infrastructure.

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