ZappRX Makes Smooth Transition to AWS by Relying on G2’s Expertise

G2 impresses us with their cloud expertise—they are a great sounding board for any questions we have and always bring us up-to-speed quickly on any new AWS features. With their help, we have practically created a ‘push-button’ environment in the cloud.
Scott McKay

ZappRx is modernizing and simplifying the way specialty medications are managed. The company provides a secure, collaborative online platform that allows physicians and pharmacists to work together to improve patient access to treatment while also delivering medicine faster with fewer hassles and greater transparency.

The Challenge

As customer demand grew for the ZappRx platform, the company needed to expand its data center computing capacity. Senior management considered the choice of a maintaining internal control with the large capital expense of building its own on premise data center vs. the smaller monthly operational expense of utilizing a cloud platform provider.

Another key decision was whether to hire an internal team to manage and monitor the data center or partner with a managed DevOps provider. Outsourcing both the data center and the management function would require developing a high level of trust with external partners—especially where ZappRX must ensure its medication management platform conforms to HIPAA regulations.

The Solution

ZappRx found the answers to its challenges by turning to G2 Tech Group and Amazon Web Services (AWS). G2 consulted and advised on how to best set up the AWS environment in order to transition the ZappRx platform to the cloud with minimal business interruptions. G2 also helped build the initial development, testing, demo and production environments so ZappRX can now automatically roll code from one environment to the other.

Tech Services Used

AWS Services Used:

  • EC2
  • Simple Storage Service
  • ElastiCache
  • Elastic Load Balancer
  • Auto-Scaling Groups
  • Elastic Block Store
  • Relational Database Services
  • Route 53 for DNS
  • Certificate Manager
  • Cloud File Storage
  • CodeDeploy
  • CloudWatch
  • Elastic File System

Third-Party Applications Integrated with AWS:

  • Ansible
  • Amazon Services
  • Jenkins
  • LogicMonitor

The Results

After also making sure the AWS platform properly complies with HIPAA regulations and remains secure, G2 has since monitored the cloud environment to ensure the ZappRX applications continue to meet the needs of patients, physicians and pharmacists around the clock. With the cloud platform fully built, internal ZappRx resources now add new computing components when necessary.

In addition to providing ZappRX with a continuous integration environment across the application lifecycle, the partnership with G2 and AWS has generated several key benefits:

  • Eliminates capital expenditures for purchasing on premise data center hardware and software as well as on-going overhead costs for power and cooling.
  • Removes the cost of hiring internal staff for data center management and monitoring.
  • Enables internal IT resources to focus on strategic initiatives rather than day-to-day data center issues.
  • Helps maintain HIPAA compliance.
  • Provides on-going expertise on cloud computing best practices to further enhance platform performance.
  • Ensures applications can scale easily and spins up new machines quickly through auto scaling and managed configuration capabilities.

“In addition to all these benefits, it’s great that we don’t have to be on call at night or the weekend,” adds Alejandro Sedeño, Senior Software Engineer of ZappRx. “If something goes wrong, G2 can resolve almost every issue, and if something does need to be escalated to our internal team, they do a great job of first eliminating the obvious possible causes and then briefing us on what they have discovered. This saves us a lot of troubleshooting time.”

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