Biotalys

a customer success story

Consultancy
Ghent
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Biotalys is a rapidly growing and transformative Food and Crop Protection company, active in AgTech (a variant of biotechnology, but for agriculture). Their goal is to develop a new generation of protein-based biocontrol solutions, shaping the future of sustainable and safe food supply. Their cutting-edge protein-based biocontrols effectively protect crops against plant pests and diseases, while keeping the environment, farmer and consumer safe. They address the entire food life cycle, extending protection from farm to fork.

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Challenges

Biotalys recently bought a new commercial Scientific Data Management platform. The data that is processed in the app is very complex, dynamic and specific. Because of that, there was need for a good database infrastructure. Since the application would run with an Oracle database underneath, it was a logical step for Biotalys to also consider Oracle’s cloud solution.

Exitas - Case - Biotalys
Exitas - Case - Biotalys Laborant

Solution

Exitas was the perfect fit since they have been the Belgian market leader for Oracle Databases and System Administration for the past 15 years. “I already knew Exitas. I used to work with them at my previous employer. The collaboration was always smooth and genuinely good. They are a professional business and I knew that they take care of your data in a serious and meticulous way.”, explains Dominique Vlieghe, Data and Information manager at Biotalys.

Exitas suggested Oracle Cloud to Biotalys. Oracle Cloud offers more stability and availability. On top of that, it is easier to expand in a cloud environment and security is much higher. Extra services like load balancers can easily be introduced. When that needs to be done at an on premise infrastructure, it is more time consuming and often more expensive. With cloud, it is a service that you can implement quickly and efficiently.

“We don’t have to worry about the typical on prem issues with this solution. We also have a clear view of the costs. We know exactly what the cost will be on a monthly basis. When you work with a datacenter on premises, you always have the risk of additional unexpected costs. There will be no unexpected maintenance needed in the cloud.” Dominique continues.

“But the biggest advantage for us, is the unburdening. Not only is Exitas good in what they do, they are also very approachable. We don’t feel like a number. In some consultancy companies, you have to make tickets and escalate them and then make more tickets. You lose more time with making and managing tickets, instead of fixing issues and communication. That is never the case with Exitas. When we have questions or an issue, we can directly approach them. They are very approachable and when we talk with them, they really focus on us and what we need.”

Since the beginning of 2022, the infrastructure has been live on Oracle Cloud for Biotalys. Exitas takes care of patchings and upgrades. To make sure the infrastructure always runs smoothly, Exitas provided cloud monitoring. Whenever a balancer is down or there is a high CPU consumption, Biotalys automatically gets an alert. Exitas has also helped with upgrading the application itself, going beyond just providing cloud infrastructure.

“I know it sounds cliché, but with Exitas I am always at ease. Exitas really unburdens me.”
– Dominique Vlieghe, Data and Information manager at Biotalys.

Service offered

Managed Services

Consultancy

Reselling

Technical information

Used Cloud resources include:

  • Oracle Compute: flexible compute shape guests are used to host the scientific application
  • Oracle Database Cloud Service (DBCS): provisions the Oracle Database with automatic backups and patching
  • Flexible Loadbalancer: the layer 7 load balancer fronts the application servers and offers failover and SSL encryption for the application part that does not natively supports SSL
  • DataSafe: stores the database audit data, checks the privileges (and changes on these) of database users…
  • CloudGuard: checks for open ports on the cloud config, public object stores, vulnerabilities or open ports on the guests
  • VPN Connect: offers a secure path between the Biotalys network and the Oracle Cloud
  • Oracle Cloud Monitoring: monitors the cloud resources availability and usages, sending alerts via various channels (email, slack, …)
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