Harvard Medical School has more than 7500 full-time faculty working in 11 academic departments located at the school's Boston campus or in one of 47 hospital-based clinical departments at 17 Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes around the world. To ensure that computing resources are always available to researchers and faculty, HMS built an internal Cloud based on Platform products, IBM hardware, Isilon and EMC storage solutions, along with various biomedical software solutions such as MatLab and SAS.
Harvard Medical School's move from a centralized IT services organisation to a highly-scalable, cost-effective, self-service solution required a cultural shift among research lab directors to overcome the initial skepticism around resource assurance and allocation on a shared infrastructure. However, once the project was implemented, scientists soon noticed that the internal Grid, which serves as the backbone for HMS's internal Cloud, offers a great deal of flexibility and reliability. The new infrastructure offers both scalability and workload distribution, creating a system of shared computing resources that can process large, complex calculations in a fraction of time that a single computer would take.
"High performance computing is the heart of scientific discovery, which is why we needed a cutting-edge internal compute Cloud to ensure resources are always available for our researchers around the world", stated Marcos Athanasoulis, Director of IT, HMS. "The internal Grid allows our researchers to collaborate more easily than ever before and focus their attention on medical research instead of IT management."
"Leading research institutes such as Harvard Medical School are using forward-looking computing initiatives such as Cloud computing to maintain their competitive edge and leadership position to further medical breakthroughs", stated Randy Clark, Chief Marketing Officer, Platform Computing. "We are pleased to see that Harvard Medical School, like many of Platform's customers in the scientific community, is benefiting from the ability to provide researchers resources that are dynamically and efficiently matched with available processing supplies on demand."
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