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UAB accelerates research with Canonical and Dell

Learn how University of Alabama at Birmingham further accelerates research by transforming its approach to compute and storage resource management through Kubernetes.


Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are engaged in computationally-heavy work across numerous fields, including engineering, neurobiology, neuroimaging and genomics.

Research applications are increasingly adopting containerised principles, which make it possible to deploy software and build out research environments in a much faster and more repeatable fashion, leading to accelerated research outcomes. UAB is always on the lookout for new ways to support its research community, and so it was keen to empower its users to take full advantage of these container-based capabilities.

“The combined dialogue with Canonical and Dell has been invaluable. If we’d had to do the integration validation ourselves, it would have taken another six months to a year of labour.”
John Paul Robertson, HPC Architect for Research Computing at UAB

This case study explores how UAB is empowering its researchers to use modern, containerised applications and has built two new data centres with Charmed OpenStack, Charmed Kubernetes and Charmed Ceph on Dell Technologies infrastructure

Additionally, learn how the Canonical and Dell Technologies partnership enabled rapid deployment with a proven solution.

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About the University of Alabama at Birmingham
UAB is an internationally renowned public research university and academic medical centre that has more than 22,000 students enrolled, and 24,000 faculty members. UAB generates $12.1 billion in annual economic impact within the State of Alabama.

About Canonical and Dell Technologies partnership
Canonical and Dell Technologies have partnered to deliver Kubernetes container solutions through reference architecture framework that is applicable to every customer in their Kubernetes journey. Together, we have tested and validated this container orchestration solution in Dell Technologies labs to bring organisations the leanest, cleanest, most economical solution for deploying containers at scale so you can focus on innovating.

This partnership is unique in that it brings together two industry leaders with the solution founded on converged architecture, using Dell’s 14th generation of PowerEdge servers and ethernet switches, Canonical’s Charmed Kubernetes, and leveraging Software Defined Storage (Ceph).

The Dell Technologies PowerEdge server portfolio supports business innovation through scalable architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security.

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