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University of Leipzig accelerates medical research with IBM

  1. 1. IBM Systems and TechnologyCase Study University of Leipzig accelerates medical research with IBM Advanced storage from IBM for improved research capabilities The Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology The need (IMISE) at the University of Leipzig employs approximately 80 people To provide better services to researchers, and is one of the region’s leading research institutes in the fields of medical the Institute for Medical Informatics, informatics, clinical studies and trials, biometric modeling and bioinfor- Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Leipzig needed to boost the matics. The interdisciplinary institute ranks among the most successful in utilization and performance of its storage. Germany, serving more than 10,000 academics. The solution To keep its leading position in medical research and to stay attractive to Working with IBM, the institute imple- mented an IBM Storwize® V7000 system, top scientists and industrial partners, the institute needed to refresh and managing data used by IBM System x® expand its IT infrastructure. Growing demands in medical research com- and IBM BladeCenter® servers that run bined with rapid increases in the total volume of data created the need for research and administration workloads. additional storage capacity, performance and ease of management. The benefit Accelerated data loading processes by Selecting IBM Storwize V7000 more than 60 percent, reduced physical The institute needed to take the next step and expand its storage systems footprint for storage by 25 percent, and increased storage efficiency by to meet new research requirements. With constantly growing data 66 percent. volumes, the institute looked for a fast, flexible and scalable storage solu- tion. After evaluating various alternatives, the team at IMISE selected the highly scalable and user-friendly IBM Storwize V7000 storage system. “The IBM Storwize V7000 solution offered the best price-performance ratio, combined with innovative storage virtualization and management features,” says René Meinhold, System Administrator at IMISE at the University of Leipzig. “These qualities were exactly what the institute was looking for to support ongoing research projects.”
  2. 2. IBM Systems and TechnologyCase Study The IBM solution is also helping the institute to manage the growing amounts of data generated by the Leipzig Interdisciplinary Research “The new IBM solution Cluster of Genetic Factors, Clinical Phenotypes and Environment enables us to engage in (LIFE)—a huge medical study with more than 25,000 participants. ever more challenging Moving to virtualized storage research projects, and our Working with IBM to deploy the IBM Storwize V7000 system, the insti- team to make strong tute increased its total data storage capacity from 26 TB to approximately 100 TB. Taking advantage of the built-in storage virtualization features of contributions to the IBM solution, the team also connected its existing IBM System important research Storage DS3400 disk systems to the Storwize V7000 environment. projects.” The shared fibre channel SAN architecture is now used for storage by more than 35 IBM servers at the institute, including IBM System —Peter Ahnert, Study Coordinator, Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and x3850 X5, IBM System x3650, as well as a number of IBM BladeCenter Epidemiology at the University of Leipzig servers in four IBM BladeCenter chassis. The institute relies on these servers for infrastructure services such as file servers, email systems, and print servers, and also for complex research workloads. Depending on the workloads, the servers run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or Microsoft Windows Server operating systems. To ensure high availability for these vital IT services, the institute operates five VMware vSphere Enterprise environments, complete with VMware vCenter and VMware vSphere vMotion to enable live migration of running systems. To offer its team the optimal environment for achieving new research insights, the institute wanted to exploit the full capacity of the new storage solution and benefit from the substantially increased I/O performance. This was achieved by installing a brand new IBM System x3850 X5 server, built on the latest generation of IBM Enterprise X-Architecture®, providing superior performance and reliability within an energy-efficient design. The server is configured with 800 GB main memory to process complex requests involving huge databases with billions of records in-memory, enabling the institution to undertake extensive research projects that it could not otherwise handle. “The new storage and computing solution from IBM provides greatly increased I/O capacity, speeding up many large database workloads,” says Meinhold. “Additionally, the advanced IBM Storwize V7000 solution 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and TechnologyCase Study provides a single user interface, enabling us to manage our different Solution components storage resources more efficiently than before. The smooth interplay of IBM and VMware solutions gives us all the flexibility we need to provide Hardware reliable IT services to researchers at the institute.” ●● IBM Storwize® V7000 ●● IBM System x® 3850 X5 ●● IBM System x3650 Improved performance enables new insights ●● IBM BladeCenter® HS22 With its new storage and server systems, IMISE has the ability to work Software on more complex and extensive research projects. ●● SUSE Linux Enterprise Server ●● Microsoft Windows Enterprise Server With the dynamic migration capabilities of the Storwize V7000, data ●● VMware vSphere Enterprise loading processes that had previously taken two months or longer have been reduced by more than 60 percent, reducing delays for researchers. In addition, while the physical footprint of the solution was reduced by 25 percent, the new systems provide superior performance and signifi- cantly more storage capacity. The use of thin-provisioning technology built into the Storwize V7000 solution has boosted storage efficiency substantially, leading to storage space savings of 66 percent compared with the previous storage systems. “As an institute at the University of Leipzig, we want to maintain our leading position in medical research. The new IBM solution enables us to engage in ever more challenging research projects, and our team to make strong contributions to important research projects. With this technology, we can process more data and gain insights that would not have been possible with the legacy system,” says Peter Ahnert, Study Coordinator at IMISE at the University of Leipzig. With constantly growing data volumes, the institute already plans to extend the current storage systems with an IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage—the most advanced architecture and flexible clustered scale-out solution—when the LIFE project advances into the next stage in one year’s time. For more information Contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us at: For more information about Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology (IMISE) at University of Leipzig, visit: 3
  4. 4. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012IBM CorporationSystems and Technology GroupRoute 100Somers, NY 10589Produced in the United States of AmericaMarch 2012IBM, the IBM logo,, BladeCenter, System x, and Storwize are trademarksof International Business Machines Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies.A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademarkinformation” at, Windows and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation inthe United States, other countries, or both.Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries,or both.This document is current as of the initial date of publication and may be changedby IBM at any time. Not all offerings are available in every country in whichIBM operates.The client examples cited are presented for illustrative purposes only. Actualperformance results may vary depending on specific configurations and operatingconditions. It is the user’s responsibility to evaluate and verify the operation of anyother products or programs with IBM products and programs.THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS”WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDINGWITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FORA PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OFNON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products are warranted according to the terms andconditions of the agreements under which they are provided.Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change orwithdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Actual availablestorage capacity may be reported for both uncompressed and compressed data and willvary and may be less than stated. Please Recycle TSC03163-USEN-00