NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Research is a significant differentiator for many of America’s top universities. And with the influx of data now available to each school’s investigative endeavors, higher ed CIOs are tasked with implementing and managing computing systems optimized for data and analytics applications. To compete in new and innovative ways, university research teams need sophisticated analytics engines to discover, interpret and analyze the unimaginable quantities of data now available to them from both internal and external sources – and to do so in shorter time spans than ever before. But, according to the fifth annual Logicalis Global CIO Survey, a poll of 890 CIOs in 23 countries, complexity remains the largest barrier for CIOs around the world in getting the most from business analytics. To help universities struggling with high-performance data analytics needs, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), suggests CIOs examine high-performance compute solutions such as IBM’s Power Systems platforms that can help researchers get more work done faster, with less equipment, and oftentimes more affordably than scaling out a complex cluster of x86 servers – effectively accomplishing what many higher ed CIOs previously thought was the impossible.
“One of our clients, a Big 10 university, was in this exact position,” explains Nick Turk, Solution Architect, Logicalis US. “They needed a high-performance data analytics solution. Before Logicalis was brought in, they had planned a very large-scale deployment of white box x86 servers – a monstrosity of an environment. Every server would have to be racked and stacked, networked and cabled. They would have needed a lot of switches, and of course, on the soft side, additional power, cooling and maintenance. We showed them, however, that an IBM Power Systems solution could provide more horsepower in a significantly less complex design.”
“The key is the efficiency and scale of the platform,” explains Paul Abram, Data Center Practice Leader, Logicalis US. “With Power, CIOs in higher education can deliver at least twice the amount of work per core than they can with an x86 platform – and that’s the bare minimum. With many workloads, IBM Power Systems can provide 3X guaranteed performance improvements, and in some cases, 50X to 100X improvements. The thing university CIOs – as well as CIOs in vertical markets from healthcare and finance to retail, government and manufacturing – need to know about Power Systems solutions is that it really