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  • Yoanna Krasteva

The scent of success: Altered Carbon’s Cloud Adoption

Executive Summary

Altered Carbon is at the forefront of sensor technology innovation, driven by a mission to redefine how scents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are detected and analyzed. Their groundbreaking AI-driven Digital Nose sets new standards in accuracy, size, cost-effectiveness, and operational lifespan, offering unparalleled performance compared to traditional sensor technologies.

About the Customer

Our customer’s advanced AI algorithms enable precise detection across a diverse range of scents and VOCs, presenting a compelling value proposition across sectors such as food storage, health wearables, and environmental management. Emphasizing data protection, intellectual property rights, and regulatory compliance, AC maintains a reputation for credibility and innovation.

Recognized for their achievements, including prestigious awards and partnerships with leading institutions and industry players, Altered Carbon Ltd is poised to revolutionize multiple sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and food handling. Their technology's demonstrated impact in reducing food waste and early wildfire detection underscores its potential to address global challenges.

Customer Challenge

Altered Carbon engaged SeveralClouds to spearhead the migration of their existing environments to the AWS Cloud, a pivotal step in enhancing scalability, reliability, and security. Our consultancy team provided comprehensive support throughout the migration process, ensuring a seamless transition and minimal disruption to operations. In addition to migration, SeveralClouds offered strategic insights into leveraging AWS services such as SageMaker and IoT, aligning them with Altered Carbon's business objectives. 


Our team at SeveralClouds structured the cloud adoption into phases, beginning with the establishment of a robust foundation. We first set up the landing zone and built the AWS Account Structure, following a multi-account strategy that is key to success when customers are adopting AWS or expanding their footprint on the platform.

For the customer’s application environments, we provisioned all accounts following an Infrastructure-as-code (IaC) approach with Terraform. This ensured consistency, reliability, and scalability across all environments, as well as fast replication. Throughout the process, our team maintained ongoing communication with Altered Carbon’s team, actively engaging in meetings and demos to ensure decisions aligned with their requirements. 

Every deployment was executed through Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) workflows for each environment, underscoring our commitment to automation for efficiency and reliability. Before transitioning between environments, testing phases were conducted to validate functionality, performance, and security, guaranteeing a seamless migration process.

Recognizing the pivotal roles of data resilience and operational visibility, we implemented a robust backup strategy and monitoring framework for Altered Carbon's AWS environment. Additionally, to ensure the efficacy and security of these measures, we undertook a Well-Architected Review, synchronizing our efforts with the highest standards of AWS architecture.

Our approach consistently prioritizes solutions built for sustained success. We conducted Proof of Concepts (POCs) and engaged in discussions on essential services for Altered Carbon's core business, including AWS IoT and AWS SageMaker, ensuring their seamless integration and potential for future growth. Additionally, we provided a roadmap of future enhancements, reflecting our commitment to continuous improvement and ensuring Altered Carbon's AWS environment remains optimised and adaptable to evolving needs.

Results and Benefits

In line with Altered Carbon’s initial requirements, our work has resulted in a smooth migration and cloud adoption process. By adhering to the pillars of the Well-architected Framework and embracing best practices alongside automation, we've not only achieved a seamless migration but also established an environment that ensures scalability, security, and reliability. This approach has provided immediate benefits and laid a baseline for future expansions and continual improvements, positioning Altered Carbon for long-term success on their cloud journey.

About the Partner

At Several Clouds, we are passionate about the public cloud and the DevOps culture and practices. We assist in modernizing legacy systems and do cloud migrations to achieve more secure, adaptive, and cost-effective environments.

Our AWS architects all possess deep knowledge and extensive experience throughout the full cycle of building business cases, planning, architecting, implementation, and building playbooks and runbooks to help you with:

  • Cloud adoption and migrations

  • Cloud training and talent transformation

  • Build secure and compliant cloud environments

  • Implement the DevOps and DevSecOps practices 

  • Big Data and Machine Learning

  • Serverless and Cloud-Native Development

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