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

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

The Shift to Cloud in the Finance Sector

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 03:04 PM

Information technology groups for the finance sector are unique in many ways, perhaps mostly regarding the need to make quick decisions using very large sets of data. Top performance can quickly position a company just right for market conditions. Like other industries, many financial services companies are turning to the cloud to increase computing capacity, but deciding how and when to use it continues to be topic of debate. In a few weeks, we will test the pulse of cloud adoption at the FIA Futures & Option Expo in Chicago to determine what has changed in financial services firms.

Last year at FIA, a panel openly discussed use of the cloud. In it, a few key points were summarized:

  • While cloud services were being heavily leveraged, the participating panelists supported a hybrid infrastructure model so that workloads demanding ultra low-response times (microseconds) could run “on-metal”.
  • Amazon Web Services users dominated the panel, with little mention of secondary or alternatives being tested.
  • Panelists overwhelmingly agreed that cloud security was likely better than that of their in-house data centers.
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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Financial Analysis

What is Cloud-Core NAS?

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 12:51 PM

Last Tuesday we officially announced a new product, the Avere C2N system. Since the announcement, we have been busy briefing industry experts who had many questions, but overall were very enthusiastic about the ease and simplicity of the product, citing the difficulty for most organizations to roll their own storage and the hesitation of enterprises to abandon exisiting investments for public and private clouds. C2N makes room for both the current and the future in one system. 

 

What is the Avere C2N System?

In case you missed it, C2N is a built-for-the-cloud NAS system that includes an all-Flash performance tier as well as an object-based capacity tier. Here's a quick video explaining the system and three important benefits.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Private Object Storage

Four Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure for Financial Services

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 02:35 PM

Market forces and increased volatility are challenging financial service organizations to make changes that allow for operational efficiencies. How companies go about doing that varies widely, but the once shunned idea of using cloud service providers is becoming more and more attractive. Cloud resources can change the possibilities with nearly unlimited compute resources minutes away from deployment.

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Financial Analysis

Which Cloud Provider Is Right for Me?

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 @ 04:19 PM

This article originally appeared in modified form on Cloud Computing Today as a guest blog post on August 29, 2016. 

THE ART OF THE CLOUD WARS

Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote that battles are won or lost before they are ever fought, but can the same be said for the cloud wars? Though many industry thought leaders have made predictions, the future of how the battle between public cloud providers will unfold remains hazy. Despite documented projections that global IT spending will fall in 2016, investment in public cloud services is expected to grow 16% this year, fueling the fire of the on-going war. Most industry experts agree that AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud Services are the key players to watch, however many CIOs still struggle with determining which cloud service provider is right for them.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Cloud Storage, Technology Community

IT Infrastucture for Independent Research Organizations

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Sep 02, 2016 @ 03:35 PM

Independent Research Institutes play a key role in discovering everything from new vaccines to understanding the natural world better to providing both protection and new resources to better living. Mostly non-profit research organizations, these centers of science are supported primarily through grants. This reliance on grants comes with unique pressures and requires strategic management of resources to deliver on missions within funded timeframes.

These institutions are also reliant on federal policy which directly impacts funding and research initiatives. The Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI) works to inform its members of new developments in Congress and across the federal government of issues, policy development, and risk related to biomedical and behavioral research and health care. Beyond policy, the association provides opportunities for learning through its conferences and webinars.

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Life Sciences

Eliminating Latency to Colocated Infrastructure

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 03:48 PM

If you are in charge of IT, moves to new office locations mean more than packing up some pens and a stapler, gathering your photo frames and favorite poster from the wall and hauling out. Moving servers and storage isn’t easy and allowing for their unique requirements in the new office space can cause more than a few grumbles from office mates and space planners. And even after you find a place to accommodate what you have, do you have room to allow for growth? 

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Rendering & Transcoding