Biotech Company HudsonAlpha Deploys HPE Synergy to Address Growing Data Management ChallengesJune 7, 2016
For HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a genomics research, education and medical clinic in Huntsville, Ala., data is both a blessing and a challenge.
The organization was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit institute by innovative thinkers on a mission to translate the promise of genomics into real-world benefits for people and communities. HudsonAlpha is the cornerstone of the 152-acre Biotech Campus of Cummings Research Park, the second largest in the United States and the fourth largest in the world.
It's a group of some of the world's most prominent thought leaders in genomics, forward-thinking entrepreneurs and inventive educators, all of whom are highly engaged in bioscience and technology and committed to improving human health and quality of life.
THE PROBLEM: HOW DO WE MANAGE ALL THIS DATA?
HudsonAlpha is at a pivotal crossroads as a research institute. It's expanding staff, investing in infrastructure and new facilities. It's also gathering huge volumes of data and grappling with how best to manage and gain value from the information.
"Our biggest current challenge is all the data that we're generating, and how are we going to use that data, exploit that data, share that data," Jim Hudson, cofounder and chairman, says via video interview.
THE SOLUTION: COMPOSABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
The solution is to shift to a new way of operating an IT infrastructure. The institute recently became the first beta customer for the HPE Synergy "composable infrastructure" platform. HudsonAlpha is using HPE Synergy to revamp its infrastructure and make better use of its data to increase DNA sequencing capacity and grow the business. HPE unveiled HudsonAlpha as the first pre-release Synergy customer on June 7, 2016, at the HPE Discover Las Vegas conference.
Unlike traditional infrastructure platforms, HPE Synergy is designed to operate as a hybrid, simultaneously providing the stability for core business operations while seamlessly adapting to enable application development and management on the same platform.
This composable infrastructure from HPE offers a fluid pool of IT resources. HudsonAlpha users can access whatever resources they need—memory, storage and computer power—on demand.
With HPE Synergy, HudsonAlpha is able to bring all the needs of its various companies and researchers together and use data resources in the fastest and most efficient manner possible, Hudson says. "All of us are data intensive, generating over a petabyte of data a month," he says. "We need to be able to integrate it in real time and ask questions in real time, and I believe the HPE platform is going to allow us to do that."
Paul Miller, vice president of marketing for HPE Converged Systems, says "Composable infrastructure is a requirement to compete successfully in today's ‘idea economy’—where companies need to turn ideas into revenue-generating services faster than their competitors."
HOW DOES COMPOSABLE INFRASTRUCTURE WORK?
Composable infrastructure must support two very different operating models, Miller says: Traditional applications that are designed to support and automate existing business processes such as collaboration, data processing and analytics, supply chain, and web infrastructure; and a new breed of applications and services that drive revenue and new customer experiences by leveraging mobility, big data, and cloud native technologies.
Solutions such as HPE OneView, which also got an upgrade during HPE's Discover Las Vegas, enable IT administrators to manage both models as a single infrastructure on a single platform. With greater automation and control, companies can work smarter, reduce risk and deliver better business results, Miller says.
In December 2015, HPE announced Synergy, which was another step in its journey to composable IT. This month, HPE upgraded the Synergy platform during product unveils at Discover Las Vegas. Synergy is a composable solution that was built using fluid resource pools, software-defined intelligence and a unified API, Miller says.
"It's where a lot of customers are headed so they can manage their compute and storage resources better as they respond to market shifts," Miller says. "The Hyper Converged 380 was built with the plan that it will become composable as more functionality is introduced to the management tools."