A Private Cloud for Life Sciences

Josh Simons, VMware & Brad Dispensa, University of California San Francisco

The University of California, San Francisco, and VMware have piloted a private cloud environment to assess its ability to serve the needs of multiple life sciences research groups from a centralized pool of IT resources. Through virtualization and private cloud technologies, the approach aims to transform how academic researchers consume HPC resources so that time and funding go toward scientific discovery rather than to maintaining physical silos of computation and storage. To that end, the private cloud offers multi-tenancy and fault isolation, as well as full (root) access to on-demand,  self-provisioned, virtual systems that have been customized to the needs of individual researchers. In this talk we will present the architecture of the cloud solution and share performance results as well as lessons learned from this proof of concept.