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Bright Computing’s Management Solution for VAI

Bright Computing has just announced that it has provided Van Andel Institute (VAI) with high-performance systems management software that lets them implement HPC cluster infrastructure in a private hybrid cloud. VAI is an independent biomedical research and science education organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With Bright's OpenStack deployment wrapper, the Institute is implementing a unique hybrid infrastructure that uses both grid and cluster computing and cloud computing in the same infrastructure.

The VAI scientists utilize genomic sequencing analyses, molecular dynamics simulation, and modeling to research epigenetics, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.

“Using Bright reduces the labor and effort needed for management and change control, and also facilitates the accelerating trend toward cloud computing,” said Zack Ramjan, research computing architect at VAI. “Grid and cluster computing has been the standard for years, but we know that cloud computing is the wave of the future. Although our existing workloads are 90 percent cluster/grid, we expect to move toward the cloud in the future, and Bright offers an expandable and scalable turnkey solution for allocating resources. We can dynamically shift the ratio between cloud and cluster resources without down time.”

The system is expected to help computers at VAI be more efficient with far less administrator involvement.

Find more information here on Bright Computing's Management Solution for VAI.

Find more information about Bright Computing here.

Find more information about Van Andel Institute here.

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com