After several years, the infrastructure team extended the deployment using Mirantis’ latest OpenStack platform, Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes, which improves the configurability, upgradability, and resilience of OpenStack by containerizing its control plane. The team deployed a production OpenStack cloud to host a data integration center and added Ceph software-defined storage. The cloud runs third-party applications, including Elasticsearch, Docker Engine, and platforms for electronic health records. Additionally, it runs interfaces for connecting third-party applications to hospital IT and performing data integration and process automation (ETL).
The infrastructure team also deployed GPU nodes to test workloads that require greater computational power, such as AI-driven real-time analyses of radiological images and remote patient monitoring with wearable IoT devices. Developers may potentially containerize these workloads, and having Mirantis OpenStack for Kubernetes means they already have the tooling in place to deploy, manage, and monitor Kubernetes clusters.
Infrastructure reliability and world-class support
As a governmental organization, the medical center prioritizes infrastructure reliability as the most important benefit of OpenStack.
“We’ve been very happy with how smoothly the infrastructure has been running, allowing our scientists to conduct important research,” the cloud engineer said.
Other crucial benefits include the flexibility of resource allocation and configuration, self-service provisioning, and ease of network configuration using the GUI.
The infrastructure team also appreciates Mirantis’ outstanding enterprise support, delivered by industry-leading OpenStack experts. “I’m highly satisfied with Mirantis support. It’s nearly 100% perfect,” the cloud engineer said. “The only time we had a problem, it was fixed very quickly.”
Given their positive experiences with Mirantis, the medical center plans to expand with two more data centers for high availability.
“We started a good journey together, and we’ve had a nice relationship with Mirantis over the years with really good support,” the cloud engineer said.
With the new, upgraded platform, the medical center is set for continued success on their open infrastructure journey, empowering researchers to use greater amounts of data to make scientific breakthroughs and deliver medical innovations.