Customer Stories / Life Sciences
Gilead’s Journey from Migration to Innovation on AWS
Learn how Gilead, leading global biopharmaceutical organization, built a data mesh architecture on AWS to accelerate innovation and drug commercialization.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (Gilead) wanted to modernize its data infrastructure and use cloud innovation to improve its operational performance. With thousands of virtual machines running hundreds of regulated applications in on-premises data centers, the company was challenged to balance governance and agility. “We wanted to support our business stakeholders to innovate faster and discover drugs with higher efficacy,” says Marc Berson, chief information officer (CIO) of Gilead. The company also wanted to increase its operational resilience for data recovery and backup in the event of a disaster without substantial capital investment. In addition, it wanted to automate GxP compliance to further streamline its processes.
Gilead chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider and began migrating its critical workloads from its data centers to the cloud. It chose AWS for its innovation, willingness to invest in co-innovation, and strong industry capabilities. Using AWS, Gilead has developed an enterprise data solution to create better access to and analysis of data across the organization, using a data mesh approach.
Opportunity | Using AWS to Host and Manage 50 PB of Data
For the past 35 years, Gilead has focused on bold advances in biopharmaceutical innovation, setting high standards for research into HIV, viral hepatitis, cancer, and other diseases. The company began migrating 70 percent of its workloads to AWS in 2020 to streamline and democratize data access.
Sustainability and cost efficiency were other important considerations for Gilead. After thoroughly reviewing its infrastructure in 2020, the company decided to accelerate its cloud migration to reduce the carbon footprint of its data systems. “Migrating our data analytics to the cloud also meant that we could avoid large capital expenditure in bringing our data centers up to higher standards of resilience,” says Berson. “Today, we manage over 50 PB of data on AWS.”
The primary reason that we chose AWS was its passion for innovative transformation. With AWS, we have developed an enterprise data solution to create better access to and analysis of data across the organization using a data mesh approach.”
Chief Information Officer, Gilead Sciences Inc.
Solution | Implementing a Data Mesh Architecture on AWS
Outcome | Deriving Value from Data Analytics Using AWS
Three years into its cloud transformation, Gilead has big plans for the future. “The primary reason that we chose AWS was its passion for innovative transformation,” says Berson. “We had discussions on transforming the way clinical trials are performed and changing the way molecules are discovered.” Armed with its new cloud foundation on AWS, the company feels confident in its ability to deliver lifesaving treatments faster.
Gilead Sciences Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than 3 decades. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer.
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