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Universities Turn to the Cloud to Deliver Online Learning and Pandemic-Proof Research

by Kelsey Winick
Universities turn to the cloud

As the pandemic enters its eleventh month, universities turn to the cloud to deliver online learning and enable researchers to continue to deliver results on important projects. In this roundup we explore how the University of Southern California, Emory University, The University of Alabama, and other leading institutions are using the cloud to advance research, enhance security, and integrate high-performance computing.

University of Southern California (USC), Emory University, and the University of Alabama Leverage the Cloud to Advance Research

Research universities such as USC, Emory University, and University of Alabama have implemented cloud computing for the sake of research advancements in the medical field. USC was able to shorten the time of identifying new drug targets for non-addictive pain relief from over five to seven years to one day.

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University of Colorado Implements Cloud Solutions to Achieve Compliance.

Through cloud solutions, the University of Colorado was able to improve security and address compliance in managing medical campuses by applying a modern identity platform. The idea of a “single pane of glass” to mitigate the risk of data breaches and human error allowed for the correct level of security to be applied.

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University of Bristol and Osaka University are Using Cloud-Based High Performance Computing for Research

With the help of cloud-based high performance computing (HPC), university researchers were able to process large amounts of data in a short period of time. This cost-effective HPC provided results in only a matter of days. Dr. Christopher Woods, Research Software Fellow at University of Bristol, stated that, at the University of Bristol, researchers are striving to understand addictive sensations by “processing large data sets obtained by the microscope on the cloud in a fraction of the time and at much lower cost than previously thought possible. [They] took a 90-day process and were able to complete it under five days with cloud-based HPC.”

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