McMaster University and Cisco Collaborate to Further Bioinformatics Research and Build Institutional Research Cloud

McMaster University and Cisco Collaborate to Further Bioinformatics Research 
and Build Institutional Research Cloud 
Cloud Infrastructure Set to Transform and Facilitate Academic
Research in Canada 
HAMILTON, ON -- (Marketwired) -- 05/08/13 --  McMaster University and
Cisco Canada (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced they have established a
long-term relationship which will see the university increase
research activities in Integrated Health Biosystems and
Bioinformatics. McMaster and Cisco will also establish a
university-wide research cloud computing environment and
infrastructure. This partnership will see McMaster build on its
renowned research successes and strengthen its links with national
and international partners from academia, government and industry.  
As part of the agreement, Cisco is providing a $2.1 million
contribution to McMaster. The contribution includes $1.6 million over
eight years to establish a Professorship in Integrated Health
Biosystems, as well as $500,000 over five years to establish a
Research Chair in Bioinformatics.  
The Research Chair in Bioinformatics will collaborate on a program in
Integrated Health Biosystems, the aim of which will be to bridge the
existing gulf between data-intensive areas of biomedical research and
healthcare by integrating diverse biological datasets with clinical
and environmental data. 
The Professorship in Integrated Health Biosystems will help to
establish a cloud-based computational infrastructure designed to
manage, analyze, integrate and distribute the vast amounts of data
resulting from biomedical research, clinical trials, and patient
Current research initiatives at the university tend to store data in
separate databases, accessed primarily by the original research team
and seldom shared across different studies. By creating one simple
cloud-based infrastructure to both house research data and provide
high performance analysis, multiple Faculties at McMaster will have
easy access to technology resources, and be able to seamlessly share
data and collaborate for a more comprehensive delivery of results. In
the future, this "research cloud" could serve multiple institutions
and research facilities.  
Facts and Highlights: 

--  The proposed research cloud will help to lower operating costs for
    researchers and facilitate the growth of cutting edge areas of
--  An institutional research cloud will allow McMaster to quickly grow,
    change and adapt the computing environment as research needs dictate,
    through greater flexibility and the quick positioning and migration of
    computing resources to meet the changing needs of researchers.
--  A cloud-based architecture allows for a bring-your-own-device (BYOD)
    model of access, granting researchers secure and easy access to
    sensitive data kept safely on campus, from any resource connected to
    the internet.
--  McMaster expects the cloud environment will also facilitate research
    sharing with other universities, institutes and colleges as well as
    collaborations with industry.

Supporting quotes: 
Dr. Patrick Deane, president and vice-chancellor, McMaster
"The significance of this partnership with Cisco is enormous. We're
home to some of the world's leading researchers who continue to make
discoveries through novel approaches and applications. The Chair in
Bioinformatics and the Professorship in Biosystems will allow us to
increase our research capacity and capture the value of the
exponentially increasing volumes of data generated by our
researchers. This investment will give us the much needed
infrastructure to share our information with our local, national and
global partners." 
Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada: 
"Living in an increasingly connected world brings certain challenges
to researchers in terms of managing vast amounts of data and making
it easily accessible to the right people for maximum benefit. Cisco
and McMaster both realize that this challenge can be turned into a
fantastic opportunity to not only improve the way this data is
managed, but to also analyze how people's connection to others and to
devices continues to evolve. This innovative project has the
potential to transform the way academic research is conducted in
Canada and throughout the world."  
About McMaster University 
McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among
the Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation
in both learning and discovery. It has a student population of
23,000, and more than 156,000 alumni in 140 countries. 
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Contact Information 
Veronica McGuire
McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 22169  
Karin Scott
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