Healthcare and life sciences solutions

Deeper insight for better outcomes with IBM Power Systems

Healthcare and life sciences organizations are experiencing exceptional data growth and diversity. The sampling and analysis of a single human's DNA produce over a terabyte of data — equivalent to 8,000 times more data than the human brain retains in a lifetime or a stack of paper 66,000 miles high.1 Multiply that by a few thousand individuals – add case studies, medical records, images and journals – and a regional hospital or small institution could be faced with storing and analyzing petabytes of data in the near future.

Some genomics analyses take days or weeks to complete — and the value of the resulting information declines every minute as the patient’s condition changes over time. Imagine accelerating big data insights and drastically reducing the time to diagnosis and treatment. Solutions on IBM Power Systems can produce actionable insights from data and, possibly, change the profile of complex disease therapy worldwide.

  • Janis Landry-Lane

    IBM Life Science Solutions @ SC13

    Janis Landry-Lane, World Wide Technical Computing discusses genomics reference architecture

  • Richard Talbot

    Power Systems: Open Innovation to Put Data to Work

    Richard Talbot, Director of Big Data, Analytics and Cloud Infrastructure talks about the IBM POWER8 systems

Power Systems healthcare and life sciences solutions

Power Systems genomics / personalized medicine solutions (PDF, 2.42 MB)

Designed to address the grand challenge of analyzing increasingly large genome-related datasets, this high-throughput architecture and reference design enables fast turnaround for a wide variety of workflows including genomic medicine, agrigenomics, biofuels, forensics and drug development. Based on multi-year collaborations with leaders in the Life Sciences industry, this dynamic platform integrates high performance compute, storage, workflow orchestration and portal access, and can also be easily adapted to support large scale and cloud based deployments. This most recent version further exploits the capabilities of IBM POWER8 and introduces the IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) — defining a complete solution containing all of the hardware and software elements required to accomplish genomics processing for data analysis.

IBM reference architecture for genomics: speed, scale, smarts

An IBM end-to-end reference architecture has been created that defines the most critical capabilities for genomics computing: Data Management (DataHub), workload orchestration (Orchestrator) and enterprise access (AppCenter).

The Evolving Promise of Genomic Medicine

New medical and technological capabilities will increasingly lead to innovative clinical trials, the development of targeted therapies and a focus on health outcome to prevent and alleviate disease symptoms.

IBM Campaign for Healthcare – Power Systems Edition (PDF, 748KB)

Including IBM Interact help organizations plan, design, execute, and measure the impact of marketing promotions and offers.

Lab7 Enterprise Sequencing Platform (ESP)

A fully-integrated and comprehensive hardware and software solution for the genomic sequencing laboratory.

BioBuilds is a curated and versioned collection of Open Source bioinformatics tools for genomics, pre-built for Linux on IBM Power Systems platforms, Mac OS X and x86.

L3 Bioinformatics (316KB)

L3 Bioinformatics uses IBM Power Systems to speed its genome analysis.


IBM Healthcare: 2020 Vision

As the global healthcare industry begins to redefine value and success for a more sustainable and value-based healthcare system, this video articulates IBM's vision.

IBM Donates Supercomputer to Rice University for Biomedical Research

Rice University and IBM unveil a new high-performance computing initiative for biomedical and life sciences research.

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Next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing are providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies. IBM Power Systems is at the forefront of delivering solutions to gain faster insights from analyzing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organizations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.

To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

IBM Power Systems deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to support the next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing that are transforming how organizations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximize the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualization, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimized results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimized for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems for choice and flexibility. Learn how Power Systems has helped them revolutionise the way IT is developed and delivered, optimise for big data and analytics, and support private, public and hybrid offerings for scale-out or scale-up implementations all while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.

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