Shorten simulation run-time from DAYS to HOURS / save more lives: CI Customer—MD Anderson Cancer Ctr
With most of the leading technology providers knee-deep in the cloud world, I have found that some of these vendors seem to be overlooking that essential foundational requirement for cloud solutions and that’s 'infrastructure convergence'. Whether deploying the turnkey HP CloudSystem that delivers a private or public cloud quickly, or building a cloud-based solution using technologies designed for convergence, 'infrastrucrure convergence' is still the prerequisite. Thus, I chose to continue our HP Converged Infrastructure customer showcase series with one of our customers who took the technology building block approach; MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center was looking to improve their IT support for new advances in cancer research, treatment, and prevention, by revamping and expanding their computing resources and storage. After calling in five different vendors, MD Anderson chose a high-performance computing private cloud powered by HP ProLiant servers, HP storage, and HP management software. The solution leverages the strength of HP’s Unified Cluster Portfolio (UCP)—a set of pre-configured hardware, software, and services for scalable computation, data management, and visualization.
I chose to showcase this customer not specifically because of the technology (which is great), but more importantly to share how these technologies designed for convergence can be used to accelerate better business results. After all, that is ultimately what technology is supposed to do – enable things that really matter. I think Krishna Sankhavaram (Director, Research Information Systems & Technology Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center) captures this thought beautifully in his own words:
“In the past, there was a disconnect between what the researchers needed and what IT was providing.
By involving the research faculty in IT decisions and simply asking ‘How can we help you?’ our team
was able to work closely with them and determine what the researchers needed in order to help them
solve their research problems.”
“We are staying one step ahead of researchers and making sure we have the right infrastructure when
they need it. We are now at a point where we’re able to provision secure access to storage, applications,
and computational resources as a package through our private cloud and homegrown service oriented
architecture-based Web portal, ResearchStation.”
You can hear more from MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Krishna Sankhavaram and from Lynn H. Vogel, Ph.D. VP and CIO by watching the video below; about how their Converged Infrastructure helped reduce their rigid silos by converging into one centrally managed and secured environment.
There are many more IT and Business benefits achieved by MD Anderson by virtue of their Converged Infrastructure solution. I invite you to take a closer look at the organization’s high-performance computing environment by reading the case study: MD Anderson Cancer Center case study.
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