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Accelerating genomic research and saving lives with the help of HPE Synergy


Recently, Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy authored a white paper focused on Composable Infrastructure, HPE Synergy and one of the first early users of HPE Synergy, HudsonAlpha Institute.

HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases synergy.pngoperational velocity for the new breed of applications and services.  Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute powered by Intel®, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application.  As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. 

In his white paper, HudsonAlpha Adopts HPE Synergy to Accelerate Genomics Research, Moorhead begins by explaining the new category of infrastructure called composable. “IT is undergoing a significant transformation, as businesses streamline costs and roll out new cloud-based applications driven by a changing digital economy,” Moorhead writes. As he explains, one approach to address these changing IT demands is a new category called Composable Infrastructure. “Composable infrastructure is designed to treat hardware like software by deploying ‘infrastructure as code’, which allows IT to allocate the optimal set of resources (compute, storage, networking) for each application,” continues Moorhead.

Moorhead’s analysis aligns with the vision of Composable Infrastructure from HPE. Built on three architecture principles of fluid pools of compute, storage and network resources, a unified API and software-defined intelligence, HPE Synergy is the first instantiation of this vision of tomorrow’s IT

Moorhead then goes on to detail how HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, one of the first adopters of HPE Synergy, is using the system. HudsonAlpha is a nonprofit research institute with an extensive lab.PNGeducational program and genomic medicine clinic. They employ close to 20 faculty investigators who conduct genomic research in multiple disease areas. As a data-intensive organization that generates more than one petabyte of data a month, HudsonAlpha must ensure their data is available on-demand for multiple purposes.

“HudsonAlpha requires powerful compute infrastructure to meet the demands of its in-house developed genomics algorithms and applications,” Moorhead writes.  As the company grows, over 100 data scientists and engineers require access to compute, networking, and storage resources to accelerate their research. “To keep up with the increasing demands of users and manage the growing amounts of data, HudsonAlpha needs to modernize its IT infrastructure.”

In the video below, Jim Hudson, co-founder and Peyton McNully, CIO for HudsonAlpha explain how HPE Synergy fits into their datacenter and can accelerate their research. “With HPE Synergy, we’re able to bring all of the needs of our 34 companies and 200 researchers together and use the resources in the most efficient manner possible,” explains Hudson.

“Having resources that can be recapitalized for other efforts is a huge business driver in our decision to use HPE Synergy,” says McNully. “We’re here to get the best solutions into the researcher’s hands so they can get the best solution into a physician’s hands, and a patient has a better life.”

McNully summed it up by saying, “HudsonAlpha working with HPE and the solutions that we have from HPE are going to save lives!”

Moorhead closes his whitepaper by saying, “HudsonAlpha is a good example of how an innovative, early adopter customer with a cloud-native environment can take advantage of the benefits of HPE Synergy.” 

More on this:  HPE Synergy featured in Forbes by Patrick Moorhead 

For more details on HPE Synergy and composable infrastructure, read IDC’s HPE Synergy: Composable / Disaggregated Infrastructure for the Enterprise or visit


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