TransferWise is a global financial technology company working to develop better ways to move money around the world. Since its launch in 2011, the company has experienced global business growth, with more than six million people and businesses having switched to TransferWise from more traditional providers due to its low cost, ease of use, and greater efficiency. TransferWise began its cloud migration by using a hybrid cloud storage architecture to move its data backup environment to AWS. The company shifted all its backups to AWS using AWS Storage Gateway. TransferWise used the Tape Gateway mode of AWS Storage Gateway to replace tape backups and then transitioned to writing database backups to a Volume Gateway.
"AWS Storage Gateway helped us address the load and network constraints we had, which were preventing us from getting backups done. We realized quickly that using Volume Gateway and Amazon EBS Snapshots was an effective way to get the data robustly into AWS. It was a simple way of doing the migration that worked with our database team’s existing processes and knowledge.”
Thomas Hewer, Technology Lead – TransferWise
Ryanair is Europe’s largest airline group, carrying 154 million guests on more than 2,400 daily flights from 82 bases. Ryanair connects over 200 destinations in 40 countries on a fleet of over 470 aircraft and has a team of over 19,000 highly skilled aviation professionals delivering Europe’s No.1 on-time performance.
"The reason we moved to AWS was the unreliability of physical tape. It's about 65% cheaper now storing the data up in AWS. All I do now literally is go into the [AWS] console, add in tapes, and eject tapes and I'm done. It made my job a lot easier."
Paul Walsh, Sr. Systems Engineer – Ryanair
Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.
"Bristol Myers Squibb has been using Amazon S3 and Storage Gateway for years, moving hundreds of terabytes of scientific data from our local premises to the AWS Cloud, daily. We have found AWS services to be efficient, reliable, and cost-effective, often bringing in more flexibility and scalability while reducing our dependency on hardware infrastructure. For many use cases at Bristol Myers Squibb, we rely on AWS Storage Gateway’s File Gateway as the main engine for raw data transfer from scientific instruments to S3 cloud storage. The data resides and is processed in Amazon S3 where other applications in AWS can be accessed across multiple Regions. Upon testing AWS Storage Gateway in our testing environment, we found ways to be cost-effective and highly performant."
Oleg Moiseyenko, Senior Cloud Architect for Scientific Computing Services – Bristol Myers Squibb
Southern Oregon University provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students.
"Tapes are a headache, prone with hardware failures, offsite storage costs, and constant maintenance needs. AWS Storage Gateway provided the most cost-effective and simple alternative. We even got disaster recovery by using a bi-coastal data center."
Jesse Martinich, Infrastructure Services Manager – Southern Oregon University
Gritstone Oncology’s goal is to eradicate cancer by developing personalized immunotherapies to fight multiple cancer types.
“With Gritstone's Cloud-Right approach, AWS Storage Gateway was the perfect solution for us as we looked for storage solutions to support GxP and R&D operations. Storage Gateway provides us with real-time data transfer to the cloud using industry standard protocols. It eliminates both our need for additional on-premises storage investment as well as the capital cost of storage and operational expenses typically associated with scale-out storage systems. The real-time data transfer reduces the turnaround time for patient results enabling us to identify tumor antigens and manufacture personalized immunotherapies faster. Storage Gateway allows us to utilize our current VMware infrastructure investment with a small storage footprint for local caching. With Storage Gateway, we can infinitely scale the amount of data storage to Amazon S3 while leveraging lifecycle policies to tier it into Amazon S3 Glacier as needed. We currently transfer up to 1.5 TB a day to Amazon S3 and can scale horizontally with additional Storage Gateways as we add more sequencers and various other equipment to our labs.”
Michael Kroell, Associate Director, Cloud Engineering – Gritstone Oncology, Inc.
With 2010 sales of more than $12 billion, Kellogg Company is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods. Kellogg products are manufactured in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries.
“Using our old, traditional backup system, and current system using File Gateway, we had about 90% reduction in cost. This was an amazing savings for us. This obviously went right to the bottom line.”
Abdul Mohammed, Senior IT Architect – Kellogg Company
Moderna Therapeutics a clinical stage pioneer of messenger RNA (mRNA) Therapeutics™, an entirely new drug technology that directs the body’s cells to produce intracellular or secreted proteins. With its breakthrough platform, Moderna is developing mRNA vaccines and therapeutics as a new class of medicines for a wide range of diseases and conditions.
“Our immersive digital strategy is enabling us to exploit the immense potential of mRNA science to deliver transformative medicines for many diseases, helping position us as one of today’s most notable high-growth biotechs. Seamlessly integrated and orchestrated cloud-based IT systems are critical to manage and industrialize the complex planning and execution of our mRNA pipeline scale-up at every stage of drug development. AWS Storage Gateway has the promise to transform the way we move data into the cloud. The file interface lets us easily integrate data files from analytical instruments, and the transparent S3 storage lets us easily connect our cloud-based applications and leverage the powerful storage capabilities of S3. With the AWS File Gateway, we can now unleash the full power of AWS on our instrument data.”
Dave Johnson, PHD, Director, Informatics – Moderna Therapeutics
Celgene is building a preeminent global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative therapies for patients with cancer, immune-inflammatory, and other unmet medical needs. Celgene has been an innovative adopter of AWS, starting in 2014 with Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2, and expanding their usage to at least a dozen services, including AWS Storage Gateway in 2017.
"A big challenge that we face is the integration of the wet labs with the computational aspect of our research. We use Storage Gateway and DataSync to synchronize our on-premise wet labs with our Amazon storage. By having our scientists immediately be able to save their files directly to the cloud, they can go on with the next experiment without having to wait for the transfer times and they never run out of space."
Lance Smith, Associate Director – Celgene
For more than 115 years, Reiden Technik AG has been a leading Swiss manufacturer of innovative, customer-oriented, and precise machine tools for the machining industry. As a mid-sized family owned business, Reiden relies on cutting edge technology and innovation to develop practical, highly productive, and precise solutions for their customers.
“We run an extensive IT environment that is constantly growing. With our old backup infrastructure, comprised of large external spinning disks, manual handling, and rotation of USB drives to an offsite vault, we hit our limits with regards to storage size. We found AWS Storage Gateway’s Tape Gateway capability to be the ideal solution for us as it integrates well with our VEEAM backup. The Tape Gateway installation was fast and easy, and we were able to automatically save and archive our entire infrastructure on a weekly basis. All our backups are now stored safely, securely, and in a more efficient and scalable manner. Tape Gateway is the perfect solution for us because after VEEAM ejects the virtual tape, the tape is then offline and inaccessible for anybody with access to our backup servers or VEEAM. With virtual tapes then archived to Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, we are able to securely and durably store hundreds of terabytes of data at a very low price, allowing us to apply more budget toward business innovation rather than managing tapes. With Tape Gateway, we experienced easy integration, fully automated “offline” backups for peace of mind, no more manual physical transport of USB drives to our vault, direct integration with VEEAM Backup & Replication, and no additional licensing fees for separate VTL software.”
Michael Müller, CIO – Reiden Technik AG
STEMCELL is Canada’s largest biotechnology company. Privately held and based in Vancouver, BC, STEMCELL has 1,100 staff innovating in offices in 8 countries. As a company of "scientists helping scientists," STEMCELL develops and manufactures specialty products for life science research, specifically cell culture, cell isolation, and accessory products. STEMCELL has been an AWS customer for many years, including using AWS Storage Gateway since 2014, and has migrated 85% of their IT operations to the cloud.
"It made no sense to keep buying big disk siloes, especially as we opened up new global offices, and now we can recover in the cloud from a snapshot if we ever had to.”
Adam Leggett, IT Manager – STEMCELL Technologies
King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, with people all around the world playing one or more of their 200 fun games, such as Candy Crush. As of fourth quarter 2019, King had 249 million monthly active users across web, social, and mobile platforms.
“Storage Gateway allows us to store backups offsite, create online archives of big files, and easily expand our file servers. With cached volumes, we have the most used files local, and all of the files are stored safely in AWS. We use Storage Gateway whenever we need a quick way to have big storage available.”
David Lorenzo, IT Manager – King.com
home24 is a leading online shop for furniture and home accessories, operating in seven core markets in Europe: Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy, with additional operations in Brazil. Headquartered in Berlin, home24 employs around 1,500 people worldwide. As a dynamic, fast-growing startup, home24 relies on AWS in order to consistently deliver optimal service and buying experiences to its customers. AWS' scalable infrastructure enables home24 to cost-effectively and agilely build a new fulfillment platform and develop new products and features.
“We do not have to worry about scaling anymore. The scaling issues are taken from us, and we can focus much more on product innovation."
Stefano Langenbacher, SVP Technology / CTO / CIO – home24
Founded in 2003 and based in London, Arts Alliance Media is one of the world’s leading software solutions providers to cinemas. They equip cinemas with the technology that will keep them running tomorrow, today.
“Our infrastructure incorporates a blend of Amazon Web Services, and on-premises servers, so when we looked at replacing our hardware tape libraries with virtual ones, we needed a flexible and dynamic solution. AWS Storage Gateway was a natural choice. Data is encrypted locally before being sent to the cloud, and that adds an extra layer of security. The dedicated and optimized Storage Gateway for mail server backup and recovery is a very nice touch, since it has reduced restore time by approximately 30%. Moreover, AWS' commitment to continual improvement means that our solution is always one step ahead of our needs, giving us one less thing to think about.”
Rich Phillips, CTO – Arts Alliance Media
NEWLOG Consulting is an Italian technology firm that specializes in developing custom applications, document management solutions, and services for the logistics and industrial markets. NEWLOG was founded in 1994 and is located in Monza, Italy. The company develops cloud-based applications for the logistics market, including a product called Publisherlite, which enables search and publication of ERP invoices.
“As a result of using AWS Storage Gateway and other AWS products, we expect to save approximately 30% in infrastructure costs over the next 3 years and close to 50% in administrative overhead, including server management and backup operations. We reduced the costs and complexities related to legacy on-premises data center management while implementing backup and disaster recovery solutions that protect and store critical data.”
Romualdo Gobbo, CEO – NEWLOG Consulting
Religare Enterprises Limited (REL) is the holding company for one of India’s leading diversified financial services groups. REL offers an integrated suite of financial services, including loans to SMEs, affordable housing finance, health insurance, and capital markets. As a group, Religare caters to almost every segment of the market, from mass retail to affluent HNIs, mid-size corporations, SMEs to large corporations and institutions. With over 7,000 employees, the group has a presence across more than 1,450 locations across India.
“As a leading nationwide financial firm, we maintain certain records for a long period, and at the same time, these files need to be recovered very frequently. As our business expanded, it became clear that using on-premises backup processes to store and recover these records was massively inefficient, not scalable, and very costly. Using the AWS Cached Volume Storage Gateway, we can retrieve these records very quickly.”
Saurabh Srivastava, Head of IT – Religare Enterprises Limited
Tgix CloudCover is a global cloud services firm that designs, builds, integrates, and manages sophisticated infrastructure solutions and software applications in the cloud. The firm has deep expertise in cloud-based data & application architectures and DevOps automation. Following a technology-agnostic approach, Tgix CloudCover serves an international clientele ranging from Fortune enterprises to startups across a variety of industries from offices in New York, Mumbai, Pune, and Singapore.
“Most of our managed service clients are looking at a cloud-first approach for their new infrastructure and data projects, whether they are a Fortune 500 firm or a startup, but the reality is that they have an existing footprint on-premises that they need to somehow mesh with the cloud. AWS Storage Gateway has given our enterprise clients a fantastic way to connect their on-premises applications and storage to AWS resources. In particular, the gateway’s VTL interface has been a cost-effective tool for our financial services clients to address pressing needs like ransomware mitigation and getting off of physical tape backups for compliance with data retention regulations."
Moses Merchant, Executive Vice President – TGIX CloudCover
JustGiving is a leading platform for online giving worldwide. Its mission is to ensure no great cause goes unfunded, and it has helped people in 164 countries raise over $4.5 billion for good causes since its founding in 2001.
"AWS Storage Gateway is at the core of our DR and BCM processes, handling our Co-Located OLTP and OLAP off site data backups, as well as our in-office BCM. It works transparently, in a lights out way, archiving off to a separate AWS account with a simple grandfather-father-son snapshot plan in place."
Mat Rowlands, Solutions Architect – JustGiving
Veristor is a leading provider of transformative business technology solutions that helps its customers accelerate the time-to-value for the software, infrastructure, and systems they deploy.
"AWS Storage Gateway further simplifies Amazon S3 integration, enabling Veristor to expand our solution offerings in managed cloud services and customer migrations to cloud. The ability to securely transfer files through the gateway while maintaining native file format and metadata simplifies our operations, allowing us to easily move data from customer environments to multiple AWS services. It is another great tool that AWS has given us to add value to our customers."
Ferrol Macon, VP Architecture and Strategy – Veristor