TCG Life Sciences: Migration Journey to AWS Cloud with High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solution

Executive Summary

TCG Lifesciences Pvt. Limited (TCGLS), formerly known as Chembiotek Research International, is a distinguished global Contract Research and Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) established in 2001 in Kolkata, India. With operations extending across the United States, Europe, and Japan, TCGLS provides innovative R&D services to the pharmaceutical, biotech, and related industries. With over 1,300 scientists, including 300 PhDs and master’s degree holders recruited from top global academic and industry institutions, TCGLS offers comprehensive solutions across various domains, including chemistry synthesis, pharmacology, DMPK, analytical development, and data science. Specializing in therapeutic areas such as Inflammation & Pain, Infectious Diseases, Central Nervous Systems, and Oncology, TCGLS is committed to excellence and compliance, contributing to advancements in global healthcare

Customer Challenge

1) The organization, currently using SAP ECC 6.0 on their on-premises servers, is encountering several challenges with their local environment. These challenges include slow performance, unexpected slowdowns and shutdowns, legacy hardware limitations, difficulty in scalability and elasticity, and a lack of monitoring tools and notifications for their hardware systems.

2) The organization aims to achieve a greenfield deployment on the cloud, transforming their SAP workload to a cloud-based infrastructure that offers high availability, scalability, reliability, and cost efficiency. Additionally, they require a robust Disaster Recovery setup.

3) While TCG Life Sciences had their research application, it relied heavily on human intervention. To streamline processes and minimize human error, they aimed to automate tasks and reduce manual intervention. Their objective was to implement Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) automation for their development workloads. By automating CI/CD processes, they sought to enhance efficiency, reduce deployment times, and ensure smoother development cycles. This transition to automation would enable TCG LifeSciences to achieve greater agility, reliability, and consistency in their software development practices.

AeonX's Solution

1) Sandbox Environment: Providing a controlled space for testing, development, and validation activities, the Sandbox environment minimized the risk of disruptions to the production environment. It facilitated thorough testing of changes and updates before deployment, ensuring efficient and reliable SAP operations.

2) Development (DEV) Environment: Dedicated to developers, the DEV environment enabled the creation, modification, and testing of SAP applications and customizations. It promoted efficient development practices, collaboration, and quality assurance, enhancing the reliability of SAP solutions.

3) Quality Environment: Ensuring the reliability, performance, and security of SAP applications before production deployment, the Quality environment facilitated rigorous testing, validation, and quality assurance practices. It contributed to the overall stability and success of the SAP landscape.

4) Production Environment with High Availability: Providing a stable, performant, and secure platform for critical business operations, the Production environment leveraged AWS’s comprehensive set of services and features to ensure high availability. Utilizing AWS’s HA configurations such as redundant components, auto-scaling, and load balancing, Konark Group’s SAP workloads remained accessible and operational even in the event of component failures or disruptions.

5) Pilot Light Disaster Recovery (DR) Strategy: AeonX implemented the Pilot Light DR strategy to ensure resilience against disasters. In this approach, a scaled-down version of the primary environment was maintained in standby mode, including a replicated database, essential applications, and infrastructure components. During a disaster event, the standby environment could be quickly scaled up to restore full functionality, minimizing downtime and data loss.

6) Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) will be facilitated through AWS Code Pipeline for managing delivery, AWS Code Build for continuous integration, and AWS Code Deploy for automating deployments. Code quality inspection will be conducted with SonarQube


Architected AWS Infrastructure: A highly available and scalable AWS infrastructure was
customized for SAP S/4 HANA workloads, leading to a 40% improvement in system performance.
The carefully designed infrastructure ensured optimized performance, resilience, and scalability,
meeting specific SAP requirements on AWS. This architecture resulted in a 25% reduction in
infrastructure costs.

Migration of SAP Workloads: Smooth migration to the AWS Cloud minimized business
disruption, resulting in a 30% reduction in downtime. This facilitated enhanced flexibility and
operational efficiency, aligning with evolving needs and ensuring seamless continuity of business
operations. The migration also led to a 20% reduction in migration-related costs.

Highly Available and Scalable Infrastructure with DR: The provisioned AWS infrastructure now
boasts high availability and scalability, with a 50% reduction in Recovery Time Objective (RTO).
Robust disaster recovery capabilities ensure uninterrupted business continuity, mitigating risks
effectively and maintaining seamless operations. This improvement in RTO translated to a 40%
reduction in potential revenue loss during downtime events.

AWS Pricing Calculator ≥ $100K AWS annual recurring revenue (ARR)
for the migrated workloads: