By Amee Kent

2018-04-30

IT

Innovation in medicine, science, and other research-based fields has never been as dependent on IT infrastructure as it is today. Machine learning has opened the door for researchers to quickly glean complex insights from massive data sets, which paves the way for new discoveries and a more nuanced understanding of our health and our world.

If you’re a research-based company, chances are you still operate on a strict budget, making it vital that your infrastructure is optimized to deliver the performance you need in a cost-effective and highly efficient way. Hybrid multi-cloud is making it easier to strike this balance with highly custom, platform-agnostic IT that meets your unique needs.

Here’s what I mean.

Research Organizations Have Competing IT Needs

If you’re like many research organizations, you face the challenge of comparing a variety of massive data sets to look for overlapping patterns and anomalies.

For example, if you’re researching whether people in a certain region are experiencing higher rates of cancer from a nearby nuclear facility, you might need to compare demographic data for the region, genetic susceptibility among those demographics, cancer rates in the region and the rest of the world, and a number of other factors.

Fielding this kind of research requires a unique IT mix of security and heavy compute without necessarily needing high volumes of storage.

  • Heavy Compute – Working with massive data sets requires intensely heavy compute and a steady, high demand for server capacity, which often means bare metal dedicated servers. You may also want to incorporate cloud servers that can be configured to provide levels of performance, security, and control to help with the heavy lifting.
  • Low, Secure Storage – If you’re working with external data sets, you may not require much of your own storage. Instead, you might rely on a secure private cloud to store your findings, reports, and other operational files.
  • Secure Employee Coworking – Your work may be sensitive or regulated by HIPAA, GDPR, or another regulation, requiring you to use highly secure coworking tools to collaborate on research and reporting. Microsoft Office 365 will deliver HIPAA compliance, two-factor authentication, data loss prevention, and other baked-in security tools.
  • Integration with Legacy Systems – If your company has been around for a while, you may be working with legacy software and hardware. Another great benefit of the hybrid multi-cloud approach is you can connect those systems to more updated compute, storage, and coworking technologies. That way, you can modernize many aspects of your operations without letting go of your legacy investments.
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Hybrid Multi-Cloud Helps You Innovate, while Saving

Hybrid multi-cloud architecture will meet all of these competing needs, along with business continuity / redundancy and vendor diversification. As the nature of your research changes or complexifies, you can adjust your IT to keep up with demand.

Part of creating your ideal infrastructure means architecting it for ultimate efficiency. You won’t pay for resources you don’t need and you won’t pay extra for features you’ll never use. Those savings can mean the difference between stretching your funding until you’ve completed your project or shutting down early for financial reasons.

We’re only scratching the surface of how your hybrid multi-cloud strategy might enable you to do more for less. To get a more in-depth analysis and learn about the migration or implementation process, reach out and talk to our team.

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