Thoughts from the Floor of Bio-IT World

By Core Informatics President, Anthony Uzzo

Bio-IT World was invigorating. It was illuminating. It was gratifying.

Like most of you, during the days prior to the conference, I diligently went through the agendas, deciding which of the presentations I would attend. I thought I would stop by our Core Informatics booth and say, ‰hello,‰ to the sales team and chat with a few current and future clients prior to attending my talks. Needless to say, I rarely left the booth. In fact, all of the pictures of me today are blurry, because either I was actively describing our cloud-native platform, or the crowd around out booth was so large, it was jostling our photographer.

Even though I didn‰’t get to leave the booth (much) I found Bio-IT World to be a tremendously educational experience. I learned the scientific establishment is beginning to realize the move to the cloud is inevitable‰Óthe crowd at our booth was proof of that. In fact, according to Chris Dagdigian‰’s Trends in the Trenches 2014 presentation, he described the economic trends indicating cloud storage as ‰inescapable‰. One of the slides from his talk even has the title: ‰Science is evolving faster than IT can refresh infrastructure and practices‰.

So, if science is evolving faster than the speed of IT, how are we to keep track of the valuable data being produced today and the data that is going to be produced two years from now? The answer is simple. The future is in cloud-native scientific data management platforms.

Cloud-native platforms are 100% web-based and are designed to be used on any internet accessible device, through any browser. The application architecture of these platforms needs to be completely separated from physical resources– a product should live completely and independently in the cloud. The use of an application in an environment which is not truly cloud-native (hybrid-cloud) could eventually cripple your research by providing shallow functionality. Cloud-native products contain full support for all scientific workflows and provide a single environment for all of your data.

According to David Linthicum, in his article, What being cloud-native really means, when proper cloud-native architecture is utilized, the system works seamlessly.

‰When this architecture is considered in the design, development, and deployment of an application, the utilization of the underlying cloud resources can be as much as 70 percent more efficient. This cloud computing efficiency equals money. You’re paying for the resources you use, so applications that more efficiently work with those resources run faster and generate smaller cloud services bills at the end of the month.

Each cloud has its own way for you to leverage its native features. But typically, you can access these features via layers, including the topmost virtual platform/OS, underlying resources (such as storage and data), and then the cloud-native services, such as provisioning and tenant management.‰

So, if using cloud-native systems increases operational efficiency and saves money, why are IT professionals continuing to buy into hybrid-clouds? Often, they don‰’t understand the difference between being a cloud-hosted application or a cloud-native application. A quality product should not be ‰hosted‰ in the cloud, it should ‰live‰ in the cloud.

At Core Informatics everything we create is cloud-native– 100% cloud-based from day one. Our newest product, called The Platform for Science (PFS) is the premier Scientific Platform as a Service (sPaaS) that fully leverages the power of cloud computing to enable scientific discovery and collaboration. PFS is a novel Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) app-based Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), which provides a marketplace of applications for customers engaged in all phases of scientific product innovation and development. The foundation of the marketplace is an integrated suite of Core applications (Core LIMS‰™, Core ELN‰™, Core SDMS‰™) already used by thousands of researchers.

Platform for Science (PFS) supplies a unifying platform capable of joining all data sources into a cohesive and flexible R&D master data management system for local and global utilization. PFS is available anytime, anywhere with minimal start-up costs and rapid implementation. Built on top of Amazon Web Services, PFS has the elastic computing capacity to deal with data volume and velocity while the Core Foundation database‰’s flexible data model enables organizations with the ability to rapidly configure object models in response to the variety of data. PFS provides flexibility and scalability to R&D needs of small and medium size labs, as well as the largest labs.

I am excited by the growth in the ‰inescapable‰ scientific and economic trend toward cloud computing. To find out more joining the cloud, request a copy of our Platform for Science white paper and we‰’ll be happy to tell you more about our cloud-native technology.

Go ahead, set your research sights sky-high‰_ we‰’re already here in the cloud to help.

A very blurry Anthony Uzzo at the Core Informatics booth at Bio-IT World A very blurry Anthony Uzzo at the Core Informatics booth at Bio-IT World