U-M Partners with Software Company to Accelerate Data-intensive Research


As part of a new partnership, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is using Bloomfield Township-based software company Yottabyte’s flexible computing cloud to accelerate complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data.

The Yottabyte Research Cloud — the university’s first foray into software-defined infrastructure for research — will provide scientists with high-performance, secure, and flexible computing environments that enable the analysis of sensitive data sets restricted by federal privacy laws, proprietary access agreements, or confidentiality requirements.

Most recently, U-M officials say the complexity of building secure and project-specific IT platforms often made the computational analysis of sensitive data costly and time consuming.

“With the Yottabyte Research Cloud, researchers will be able to ask more questions, faster, of the ever-expanding and massive sets of data collected for their work,” says Paul E. Hodges III, CEO of Yottabyte. “This partnership is a great opportunity to develop and refine computing tools that will increase the productivity of U-M’s world class researchers.”

Scientists at the university may use Yottabyte Research Cloud for a variety of research projects, such as health care research that involves millions of clinical observations; accessing sensitive data about substance abuse, mental health, etc.; transportation research with large and sensitive data sets; brain science research involving a wide range of topics; and more.