ICM Brain and Spine Institute selects Western Digital’s OpenFlex open composable solution

Western Digital today announced that the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière (ICM Brain and Spine Institute) has selected Western Digital to update its storage infrastructure with the OpenFlex open composable platform. Leveraging NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), ICM has more extensive access to shared storage, which can be easily allocated to meet any researcher or department need. ICM also now has quicker access to critical data and the ability to resize and reallocate storage volumes on demand, assisting in the fight against neurological disorders.

Western Digital’s OpenFlex open composable solution

ICM worked with its technology partner, 2CRSi, in selecting Western Digital’s OpenFlex Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure. OpenFlex provides ICM with ultra-fast storage performance within a more efficient and flexible architecture, allowing scientists to continually push their work forward without having to wait for storage. For ICM’s IT department, OpenFlex means no longer having to squeeze in local storage close to workstations, or manually move storage around campus as projects change. Instead, they can distribute storage capacity over ICM’s Ethernet network wherever and whenever it’s needed, without sacrificing performance.

Kurt Chan, vice president and general manager, Data Center Platforms at Western Digital said, “Today’s clinical workloads require fast, and highly reliable storage solutions to store massive amounts of research and patient data. As the clarity and resolution of clinical imaging increases, more bioimages need to be centrally stored to accelerate evaluations and diagnostics. Our OpenFlex open composable solution provides easy access to these large bioimaging files in near real-time, helping to speed up time to discovery of critical cures and treatment options.”

The benefits of Western Digital OpenFlex for ICM include:
• Breakthrough performance comparable to locally attached storage
• Faster time to discovery
• Architectural flexibility
• Efficient, cost-effective operation