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Flashblade for Genomics

The evolution of genomics in recent decades has seen the volume of sequencing rise dramatically as a result of lower costs. Massive growth in the quantities of data created by sequencing has greatly increased analytical challenges, and placed ever-increasing demands on compute and storage infrastructure.

Researchers have leveraged high-performance computing environments and cluster computing to meet demands, but today even the fastest compute environments are constrained by the lagging performance of underlying storage.

Flashblade Datasheet

In the new age of big data, applications are leveraging large farms of powerful servers and extremely fast networks to access petabytes of data served for everything from data analytics to scientific discovery to movie rendering. These new applications demand fast and efficient storage, which legacy solutions are no longer capable of providing.

What’s needed is a new, innovative storage architecture to support advanced applications while providing best-of-breed performance in all dimensions of concurrency – including IOPS, throughput, latency, and capacity – while offering breakthrough levels of density. A storage solution, moreover, that’s as simple as it is powerful.

Leveraging all-flash storage to deliver extreme performance

In the last 10 years, the rate of compute and network performance has outpaced storage. Compute nodes with multiple cores, advanced memory technology, high speed bus, and fast network NICs have kept pace with network speeds of 25GbE/40GbE, and even up to 100GbE.

Unfortunately, most storage architectures, even the new clustered scale up/out architectures, are nothing more than derivatives of older legacy designs, and, as a result, storage has become the primary bottleneck for applications.

Read this technical white paper about the Pure Storage FlashBlade petabyte-scale storage system for unstructured and operational data. It is designed with four key innovations to overcome the limitations of conventional clustered NAS systems: high performance storage devices, unified network, distributed storage operating system, and administrative simplicity.

Accelerate your Analytics Game with Oracle Solutions

To stay relevant in today’s competitive, digitally disruptive market, and to stay ahead of your competition, you have to do more than just store, extract, and analyse your data you have to draw the true business value out of it. Fail to evolve, and your organisation might be left behind as companies ramp up and speed up their competitive, decision-making environments. This means deploying cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions that allow you to quickly mine and analyse your data for valuable information, patterns, and trends, which in turn can enable you to make faster ad-hoc decisions, reduce risk, and drive innovation.

Accelerating High-Concurrency Genomics Workloads

High data growth rates are a fact of life across many different industries. In the life science market, increasing use of whole genome sequencing to drive better patient outcomes and other medical research is driving massive data growth. A single human genome requires roughly 5TB of storage capacity to produce and creates a 500GB sequenced genome file that must be stored.

The ability to cost effectively and rapidly sequence whole human genomes using high-performance computing and storage infrastructure is fuelling growth of precision medicine and promises to fundamentally change the way medicine is practised over both the near term and the long term.

A New Approach to Unstructured Data

There have always been certain workloads and applications that stretch the boundaries of storage technologies. While this is nothing new, the number of these workloads is poised to expand dramatically, fueled by the growth of initiatives such as big data analytics, mobility, cloud computing, social media and the Internet of Things.

The common challenge among these workloads is the requirement for huge data sets to be processed quickly, efficiently and concurrently. Looking ahead, as more data is being created and data sets are getting larger across all applications, IT teams can expect to see many more enterprise business workloads requiring the same combination of all-flash performance, high availability, simple manageability, density and cost-efficiencies as these highly targeted technical workloads.

NICE Performance Management: Comprehensive Capabilities

According to SaddleTree Research, the demand for performance management solutions in contact centres alone was nearly double the level expected in 2015. Performance management is clearly becoming a priority for organisations interested in the twin drivers of long-term success – workforce optimisation and increased customer satisfaction.

NICE Performance Management (NPM), as a comprehensive solution, brings together a wide range of features for monitoring, understanding and moving employees towards greater effectiveness at all levels. For performance-driven sales and service organisations across a wide range of industries, NPM has been key to effecting true cultural change through accountability, consistency and transformation.

Harness the Power of the Cloud

Today’s contact centre is increasingly challenged to do it all, for less. Organisations are facing new contact channels, complex skill set requirements and elevated customer expectations. At the same time, ongoing technology needs – deployment, software integration, updating and upscaling and system maintenance – can’t be ignored.

To maintain your competitive advantage, you need simple, secure solutions that enable and engage your employees as effectively as they drive operational improvement. These solutions need to adapt and adjust to the shifting demands of the fast-paced modern contact centre. You need reliable tools that drive empowerment and accountability, while minimising up-front capital expenditures for the lowest possible total cost of ownership.

With NICE WFM in the Cloud, you can leave the infrastructure, management and maintenance of your workforce management solution to them. You can skip the lengthy software or hardware deployment and get started quickly, for a faster ROI and a better customer experience. You can harness the power of the cloud to manage your workforce like never before.

Evolve Beyond Spreadsheet-Based Workforce Management

When it comes to managing your contact centre’s most valuable —and most expensive—resource, spreadsheets fall short. In today’s multi-skill, multi-site and multi-channel operation, you need tools that are purpose-built to handle the complexities unique to your organisation.

If you rely on manual, spreadsheet-based tools to manage critical tasks, like forecasting and scheduling, you’ve likely hit a performance plateau. To take your performance to the next level, your workforce management approach needs to evolve. NICE EVOLVE WFM will propel you to the top.

Three areas where healthcare providers need MSP expertise

Several factors are contributing to this uptick in HIT spending, and it can be overwhelming for MSPs that are new to the market to know where to focus their efforts.

In this eBook we’ll explore the top drivers in HIT spending and pinpoint where MSPs can provide the most value.

Five things every MSP should know

The high margins of managed services are attracting serious competitors from non-traditional areas. Big companies with existing IT expertise and customer relationships in the copier, A/V and telephony domains are looking to tap in and access new, recurring revenues.

It’s why the managed services field is seeing a record number of mergers and acquisitions. This ‘convergence’ trend means existing MSPs need to be ready to compete.

From MFD to MSP

Delivering an effective managed services program hinges on having the right people on your team.

Both a help desk manager and a junior help desk technician will be integral to supplying the in-depth IT knowledge required for managed network services.

You need a rigorous staffing process for these positions, both which need to be filled before you can offer IT support.

How to sell managed cloud services

One way to do that is through the use of an à la carte service model. With this model, MSPs sell individual IT services such as antivirus, data backup and patch management that are delivered as a managed service over the cloud.

Productizing the service offering in this way makes it easier for smaller businesses to buy from the MSP. More importantly, offering a menu of individual services is a great way for MSPs to get reactive customers onto their dashboards and begin moving them toward the proactive end of the spectrum.

Making the transition from VAR to MSP

Your core services are becoming increasingly commoditized. You face fierce price competition in a crowded marketplace. And although demand for hardware and software is growing, profit margins have become razor-thin and are steadily declining.

To break free from these challenges, you need a way to diversify your value proposition and service offerings, generate new sources of recurring revenue, and increase the value you deliver to both new and existing customers