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Cisco Customer Case Study: Cloud Computing Powers Fight Against Cancer

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A biomedical research center centralizes the IT environment to provide researchers with more economical, higher-quality support.

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Cisco Customer Case Study: Cloud Computing Powers Fight Against Cancer

  1. 1. © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 1 Aiding life- changing research For the past decade, the Broad Institute has raised the bar for molecular medicine, bringing together expert researchers in an open and collaborative environment. The organization continues the work started through the Human Genome Project (HGP), extending knowledge to identify the biological underpinnings of cancer and other diseases. The research and analysis performed at the Broad Institute often involves CPU and data-intensive applications and workflows. Many researchers were purchasing equipment as needed for particular projects, but the IT team at the Broad Institute saw an opportunity to harness economy of scale and simplify management by consolidating diverse IT environments. “By moving to a more centralized IT environment, we could provide researchers with more economical and higher-quality support. The goal is to provide systems that work so seamlessly that they become invisible in terms of their day-to-day scientific operations,” says Chris Dwan, director of research computing and data services, Broad Institute. “In order to provide our internal customers with revolutionary service, we needed to supply powerful and dynamic resources.” Broad Institute uses OpenStack running in a Cisco® environment to help power its fight against cancer and other disease. “Cisco is a true partner, giving us what we need to respond to our researchers quickly and efficiently.” - Chris Dwan, director, research computing and data services, Broad Institute Cancer. Ebola. Infectious disease. Every day, researchers at the Broad Institute work towards understanding and treating some of the most critical challenges in medicine. Case Study | The Broad Institute Size: 1,000 Employees Location: Cambridge, MA Industry: Research/Public Sector • Supporting CPU-intensive workflows • Delivering fast and flexible IT services to researchers • Making IT invisible to end users Challenges
  2. 2. © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 2 With Cisco, we’re delivering secure, high-performance virtual and cloud computing through OpenStack. Flexibility to meet dynamic requirements OpenStack gives us a flexible and scalable private cloud solution to meet our researchers’ dynamic requirements. We can quickly and effectively deploy and adjust resources depending on research needs and opportunities. Partnering with the experts Typical OpenStack deployments take at least half a year, but Cisco services brought in the expertise of partners like Red Hat and Solinea to get our new data center environment operational in less than two months. Solinea played an especially big role by answering all of our OpenStack questions. “We brought our experiences and best practices with OpenStack to the table,” says Ken Pepple, lead architect from Solinea. “We put in as much automation as possible so that the IT team can support researchers in working faster and better than before.” Fast production scaling Bulk analysis on a major international cancer research project was expected to take 18 months, so the Broad decided to do it in three. Cisco’s powerful computing and network resources helped us scale up without impacting regular production. Adjust and allocate resources A virology researcher urgently needed additional capacity to determine the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. We reallocated resources to give her the power she needed in minutes. Easy management with a single vendor “By concentrating on a single vendor, we’re reducing IT administration overhead,” says Dwan. “Cisco UCS Manager gives us straightforward, centralized visibility into the entire environment.” 6x FASTER • Deployed OpenStack on a Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS® ) environment for greater flexibility and responsiveness • Used the expertise of Cisco and partner services to accelerate deployment Solutions
  3. 3. Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/go/offices. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R) Americas Headquarters Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Asia Pacific Headquarters Cisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd. Singapore Europe Headquarters Cisco Systems International BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. 0215 Developing a solid partnership “By focusing on a few trusted partners, we can shift our time and energy from management of multiple independent environments to developing more valuable services for all of our researchers,” says Dwan. “Cisco is a true partner, providing us expert guidance and building a relationship that will continue for years to come.” Products Services Data Center and Desktop Virtualization • Cisco UCS B Series Blade Servers • Cisco UCS C Series Rack Servers Routing and Switching • Cisco Nexus switches • Cisco Catalyst switches • Cisco Integrated Service Routers (ISRs) Network Management • Cisco Unified Computing System Manager • Cisco Prime™ Infrastructure Security • Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances Applications • Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack running on KVM • SAP HANA Services • Cisco Data Center Design and deployment services for OpenStack • Supported fast response to medical research • Gained flexibility to scale and adjust resources as needed • Simplified management by working with select partner solutions Results

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