HIPAA Compliant Kubernetes Platform For Healthcare Startup

Velotio has displayed strong Kubernetes knowledge. Their team understood the requirements and were quickly able to come up with a well architected solution.

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Cloud & DevOps
Boston
$10 million
2 months
Tech Stack Used
Kubernetes
Terraform
Kafka
Sysdig
MongoDB
Google Cloud Platform


The customer is in the healthcare space where it is building an open intelligence system and lets medical professionals and trainees everywhere to collaborate. The non-profit organisation is financially backed by leading venture firms like Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz

Cloud & DevOps
Tech Stack Used:
Kubernetes
Terraform
Kafka
Sysdig
MongoDB
Google Cloud Platform
Results

- Completed entire production environment setup in 2 months.

- Enabled team to setup additional environments across AWS and GCP with just one command.

- Setup easy to manage, monitor and predictable environment.

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Business Context:

The customer would like to set up their entire application stack on a HIPAA compliant cloud-agnostic Kubernetes platform on AWS and Google Cloud Platform.

Challenges:

  • The application consists of Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Kafka, Redis, PostgreSQL and Python-based Application servers. The customer would like to setup all the components on Kubernetes using DevOps tools like Terraform. The customer would like to manage their infrastructure via code and the ability to quickly spin up environments for Staging, QA etc.
     
  • The Kubernetes environment should be production ready with strong resilience, elasticity and observability. The production environment should always be HIPAA compliant.

Solution:

  • Velotio chose Terraform as the DevOps tool of choice and automated the entire environment setup. Velotio leverage Consul for service discovery and inter-service communication. 
  • Observability: Velotio setup cluster and application monitoring using Sysdig and Prometheus. Velotio setup logging using Elasticsearch, Fluentd and Kibana. To create a unified dashboard for telemetry and logs, Velotio setup Honeycomb - a popular observability solution.
  • Resiliency: Velotio setup regional multi-zonal clusters ensuring Kubernetes nodes and the services are running across multiple zones. 
  • Elasticity: The team setup node pools with auto-scaling enabled. This ensures all that the nodes in each pool can scale based on the load. Additionally each node and the services have the right labels, taints and tolerances to ensure efficient scheduling of workloads across nodes.
  • Cloud agnostic: Velotio abstracted away cloud specific functionality by writing wrapped scripts on-top of Terraform providing cloud agnostic interfaces to easily deploy and manage their Kubernetes cluster and the applications.

Result:

  • Velotio was able to successfully setup the production environment in a record time of 2 months.
  • The newly setup environment became easy to manage, monitor and predictable from an operations stand-point. 
  • The automation using Terraform enabled their teams to easily setup additional environments across AWS and GCP by just running a command.

Time was of essence for deploying the new platform. Velotio understood the need and worked round the clock to get the new platform to production in record time.

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