Deploying OpenLab CDS in the cloud - Guidance for IT
Cloud hosting core systems in enterprise IT has already become an established practice. Moving forward, the migration of critical and operational systems will be essential steps in the next phase of enterprise cloud adoption.
With the release of OpenLab CDS version 2.6, Agilent now offers a supported deployment solution for customers looking for a cloud-hosted option.
Example of OpenLab CDS Client/Server deployed in a cloud.
Guidance and recommendations for deploying OpenLab CDS in the cloud
To ensure success, it is highly recommended to follow the following guidelines:
To minimize overhead costs and risks in deployment, we recommend utilizing multiple sandboxes or VPCs (Virtual Private Clouds) in a pipeline process to deploy OpenLab cloud. Ideal sandboxes include:
Test/Dev — Used for initial testing to define instance sizing and performance tests.
GxP/QA — For GxP needs, a separate VPC for compliance testing is advised.
Production — Environment used for managing operational systems.
The following instances have been tested and are supported for OpenLab CDS+ECM XT application servers.
OpenLab CDS Cloud FAQs
What cloud services are supported in AWS and Azure?
Below are cloud services supported for hosting OpenLab components/servers.
What kind of performance can we expect?
Network design and its characteristics have a direct impact on overall system performance. Agilent OpenLab technical documentation provides baseline performance metrics and recommended cloud services to best optimize your cloud environment.
Is there a preferred type of network connection to the cloud?
The connections to/from the cloud are solely defined by your IT department and OpenLab performance will be dependent on networking characteristics/performance rather than the connection type used. OpenLab software has been tested and supported with the following connection types.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to a cloud VPC
Cloud Specific private connection
AWS — Direct Connect
Azure — ExpressRoute
Need more technical details?
Read our OpenLab CDS Deployment in the Cloud technical overview to get detailed deployment recommendations.