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November 03, 2015 08:00 ET

In Pursuit of Efficiency and Elasticity, Cloud Pharmaceuticals Succeeds With ProfitBricks Cloud Infrastructure

Pharmaceutical Design Company Achieves 45 Percent Cost Savings, Higher-Performance Cloud Compute Power and Excellent Service With Painless Cloud IaaS

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 3, 2015) - Cloud Expo -- In pharmaceutical design, working with the smallest molecular structures creates some of the largest computing workloads. This comes from the need to parse massive amounts of algorithmic chemistry calculations to help discover and develop new drugs. Over the past year, Cloud Pharmaceuticals became more efficient, in both time and cost, thanks to the power and flexibility of the ProfitBricks cloud.

North Carolina-based Cloud Pharmaceuticals designs new drugs and drug candidates, accelerating the developmental process using cloud computing technology in place of traditional, expensive and slow on-premises infrastructure. In 2014, Cloud Pharmaceuticals migrated to ProfitBricks, the leading provider of painless cloud infrastructure, in pursuit of the perfect balance of power and efficiency for its pharmaceutical design teams, and has since seen a reduction in cloud computing costs of 45 per cent.

"We needed a cloud that would provide the best price for our variable, spiky workloads of massive high-performance computing," said Bill Shipman, Director of Cloud Computing at Cloud Pharmaceuticals. "In contrast to other cloud providers' complicated and costly pricing models, ProfitBricks' flexible price structure, with minute-based billing, has resulted in significant cost savings -- without sacrificing the HPC-like performance that we need for the best results."

Cloud Pharmaceuticals runs a custom platform, with known and proprietary algorithms and high-performance computing batch schedulers on top of hundreds of virtual machines in ProfitBricks' virtual data centers. The batch systems running include Slurm, with most automation coded in Python against the ProfitBricks REST API.

The developer-friendly REST API, in addition to the flexibility of ProfitBricks' cloud infrastructure and a highly responsive support team, have all contributed to Cloud Pharmaceuticals' painless cloud experience.

"Like so many of our customers, Cloud Pharmaceuticals has taken full advantage of ProfitBricks' ability to provide highly flexible and scalable compute resources on demand, while only paying for what they use," said Achim Weiss, CEO and co-founder, ProfitBricks. "This, combined with our growing suite of development tools such as our REST API, enables the infrastructure to be managed through automation and further expedites workloads with ProfitBricks."

As part of his talk, 'Getting it Done: Why, How & What Two Companies Are Doing on the Cloud,' Achim Weiss will be giving an in-depth look at the Cloud Pharmaceuticals case study at Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA on Wednesday, November 4th at 3:40pm. For the full case study on Cloud Pharmaceuticals and ProfitBricks, please visit

About Cloud Pharmaceuticals

Cloud Pharmaceuticals is committed to improving health and well-being through the computational design and rapid development of new medicines. Our Quantum Molecular Design process designs drug candidates that are qualified for development from the outset, enabling faster progress at lower cost and a higher success rate. The company partners at all stages of drug development -- from discovery through the clinic -- and is building an extensive product pipeline that spans a wide range of indications.

About ProfitBricks

ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the cloud and the best price/performance value available. ProfitBricks was named one of the coolest cloud providers of 2015 by CRN and was also the recipient of two CODiE awards and a Frost & Sullivan Cloud innovation award for 2014. With offices in Berlin, Germany, San Antonio, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts, ProfitBricks can be found online at:

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