The IT Infrastructure Behind Personalized Medicine

Posted by Jeff Tabor on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 07:50 AM

While personalized medicine is shifting from experimental to mainstream, many health organizations are realizing that not only is the IT infrastructure to support the necessary components lacking, but that they look very different than what typically supports a patient-centered health system. In a recent Healthcare IT News article covering a Black Book Market Research Survey, precision medicine was described by respondents as “very hard to implement.” The data required looks very different than what typically supports EHR-driven and connected systems, as it depends on “fine-toothed data that most hospitals simply don’t have.”[1]

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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Life Sciences

Ask Avere: Improving WAN Performance

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 03:00 PM

In many industries, network bandwidth limitations are a big problem. When the pipe isn't big enough for the traffic, users aren't working at expected efficiency. Although not unique to post-production studios, these companies often have remote artists pounding centralized storage resources all at once due to tight deadlines.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Data Center Management, Technology Community

Using a Data Access Layer in HPC

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

High-performance computing in the cloud is becoming more and more common, as companies realize its potential to extend their HPC environments without additional significant infrastructure costs. HPC clusters bring hundreds or sometimes even thousands of cores online quickly and efficiently — something perfect for the massive compute farms managed by cloud service providers (CSPs) like Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services. Very large clusters can be created on-demand. You aren’t restricted to one cluster either; you can create any number of clusters on demand, empowering different teams without causing resource contention. 

Photo Credit: iStock Photo

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Technology Community

Cloud Computing For Peak Demand Periods

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

No matter what industry you are in, operations has slow and busy time periods. Using cloud computing in peak demand periods is proving to be an easy alternative to renting temporary servers or even permanent data center expansions.

One example of this is in the making of movies. In post-production environments, demand for rendering nodes can fluctuate greatly. Projects come in spurts and these studios must ramp up quickly to meet deadlines and keep artists working. When the project is over, the ability to ramp down is almost as important. They can avoid not only the cost of the nodes, but also free up space and eliminate overhead costs associated with IT systems.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute

Balancing NAS and Object Storage In 2017

Posted by Jeff Tabor on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

Last year was a big year for the cloud. The provider landscape became more competitive in 2016 with the likes of Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft Azure and Oracle stepping up to AWS’s dominance to secure a position on the field of viable contenders for enterprise cloud business.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Cloud Storage, Technology Community

Migrating Legacy Systems to the Cloud

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Legacy applications and systems are an important component in nearly all established organizations. With investments already made, it’s hard to abandon them when new technologies like cloud become available. Yet, many IT professionals are still eager to start leveraging the cost, scale and other benefits of cloud-based object storage. However, several obstacles present challenges when running legacy applications on the cloud. This "Ask Avere Anything" video takes a look at those challenges and discusses how they can be easily solved.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Cloud Storage, Federal Government

Animation & VFX in France

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Specialty VFX Shops Bring Stories to Life Using Cloud Infrastructure

When it comes to animation and VFX, Europe’s powerhouse is the United Kingdom. But in 2016, France, as well as other countries like Belgium and Spain, have been making strides to become more competitive. The threat in the UK has been attributed to “severe skill shortage” and “insufficient government support” as far back as 2012 as noted in this Wired article.

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Topics: Media & Entertainment, Rendering & Transcoding, Cloud Compute

Our Most Popular Posts of 2016

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 08:15 AM

Seems like most everyone is taking some time to reflect on the past year. In news, we’ve seen headlines that will continue well into the future including Brexit, the United States election, and the crisis in Syria.

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Topics: Technology Community

Five More Benefits of Cloud Accessibility in Data Center Management

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

Adding cloud accessibility to your data center isn’t a decision most IT directors and systems engineers enter into lightly. A few posts back in Five Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Data Centers, we shared five benefits of going hybrid within a data center environment. We only scratched the surface and are back with yet another five reasons why hybrid cloud has enterprise data centers looking beyond their four walls. 

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Storage

Play Game of Stones at AWS re:Invent

Posted by Joy Burd on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 05:37 PM

It’s almost here — one of the biggest events of the year. We’re heading to Vegas for AWS re:Invent before we’ve even finished our Thanksgiving leftovers. But that is okay, because we are so excited for this year’s conference.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS