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.”
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.
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.
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.
Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS
Scaling application performance and managing storage growth are on every infrastructure architect’s mind. How these things are addressed within the data center can lead to some tough choices — expansion on premises, expansion into the cloud while maintaining existing resources, or expanding into the cloud while consolidated on-premises compute and storage. Two out of the three options require the building of a hybrid infrastructure that includes both cloud and traditional network-attached storage (NAS).
Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS
Last week in San Diego, leaders in life science research came together to discuss the convergence of science and information technology. Converged IT Summit, hosted by joint efforts between Cambridge HealthTech and BioTeam, presented opportunities to not only network with peers and carefully selected vendors, but discuss how data is being used to deliver on research missions. Not surprisingly, with $1 billion in play, the hot topic was preparation to act on the United States' initiative for transitioning cancer from life-threatening disease to one that can be maintained without harsh immune system impairing treatments.
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.
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.
As always, the keynote at AWS Summit New York was packed with announcements and speakers. Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS, is a dynamic presenter who can bring the big picture home while announcing new “micro services” available in the AWS ecosystem. He takes a bit of a Steve Jobs approach by introducing products and services and tying them to something bigger — a shift in the landscape that is being felt globally — and makes the audience feel like a big part of that movement.
With so many initiatives targeting efficiency in government data centers over the past decade, many agencies have begun the transition to alternative cloud-ready solutions. But for many others, cloud readiness is still in the “someday soon” pile. Many things delay cloud adoption — resources and budget frequently top the list. While the shift may seem insurmountable, when broken into smaller steps, making the data center accepting of cloud resources is both manageable and rewarding.
In a recent webinar, director of cloud products at Avere, Scott Jeschonek, suggested three steps that not only assist in gaining access to the cloud, but overall will help modernize the federal data center. In this instance, modernization refers to the acceptance of new, recommended cloud compute and storage rather than efficient data center heating and cooling mechanics. Each step mentioned adds flexibility and performance while requiring little disruption to daily operations.