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The Company Ready For IT In Cloud


Develop a plan and address key challenges and address the main challenges

A “business ready for cloud computing” will adopt and implement a cloud-based approach to the provision of its IT services. According to his supporters, this approach will become, over time, the one used by default all companies.

However, be content to outsource IT to suppliers of cloud services, as a first option, will not be enough to achieve the required transformation.

This first article in a series on the business ready for cloud computing deals with the first phase of the transformation: establish and implement a master plan.

 European science champions score the first goal

Geneva, July 9, 2012. Helix Nebula – the science cloud, a partnership established a few months ago to support the enormous computing needs of European scientists and to create a computer market

Helix Nebula is a collaboration between major science projects and large companies, focusing on leading IT vendors and three of the largest European research centers (CERN1, EMBL2, and ESA3), and has just received funding of 1.8M € from the European Commission. This partnership is in line with the European Commission’s Digital Agenda: it highlights a unified approach to data protection regulation, as well as lean and efficient governance. It also aims to support economic development in Europe by making its services available to a wider community.

The first results of the current feasibility demonstration phase show that CERN, EMBL, and ESA have successfully deployed demanding scientific applications each requiring tens of thousands of calculations in data centers operated by Atos. , CloudSigma and T-Systems.

By successfully deploying the flagship application of the ATLAS experiment, CERN was able to perform simulations that were previously performed on the Global Computing Grid for the LHC, the platform that contributed to the recently announced results of the LHC. Higgs boson tracking. “These early deployments have confirmed that the implementation of a cloud-based, multi-vendor public cloud infrastructure is a large-scale enterprise that can only be done in stages. The first results, however, are very encouraging and we are hopeful that we will be able to reach our goal during the two-year pilot phase, “said Frédéric Hemmer, Head of CERN’s IT Department.

The EMBL team has successfully deployed and tested on cloud computing infrastructures from different vendors it’s new software based on a pipeline architecture for large-scale genome analysis. Using large real genomic data sets from around the world from the EMBL sequencing machines, the EMBL proof of concept phase provided an in-depth assessment of key elements, such as scalability, performance and on-demand provision of resources for high-performance computations and fast data storage in these clouds. Paul Flicek, Head of Vertebrate Genomics at EMBL’s European Institute of Bioinformatics, says: “Setting up computation infrastructures that are powerful enough for cloud genomic analysis is not easy. We are therefore very satisfied with the first results of the feasibility demonstration phase. This is an important step that will allow, later in the Helix Nebula pilot phase, to make our software available to scientists around the world. “


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