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Primeur weekly 2012-01-30

Exascale supercomputing

Intel to buy some QLogic networking assets for $125 million

The Cloud

Pacific Controls acquires Infotility Inc. to become the world leader in intelligent software agents for the Smart Grid

Vnetrix delivers Cloud services to global businesses in hours using CA Technologies private Cloud software

Nexica powers its Cloud computing service with EMC VNX unified storage

Oracle Utilities Meter-to-Cash Applications Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud demonstrate unprecedented throughput for 10 million interval meters

Red Hat updates Messaging, Realtime and Grid platform

VMware delivers VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

Novatrend builds new Cloud services with CA Technologies turnkey Cloud platform

American College of Physicians and CECity launch new quality improvement technology platform

Oracle Desktop Virtualization solution wins 2011 GOOD DESIGN Award

VMware opens Online Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Marketplace

EMC reports record fourth-quarter and full-year revenue and profit

VMware reports fourth quarter and full year 2011 results

EMC accelerates journey to the Cloud at Cisco Live

EuroFlash

ACE announces ABI testing in Rembrandt Release of the SuperTest compiler test and validation suite

Joe Casson, University of Brighton joins Visual Acuity

projectiondesign and Jumbo Vision helps increasing offshore efficiency using land-based collaboration and control

2012 International Supercomputing Conference calls for posters, BoFs, and student volunteers

World's longest superconductor system to replace inner-city high-voltage cable

Jumpstarting computers with 3D chips

Russian HPC vendor RSC Group summarizes the results of 2011 and outlines prospects for business development

USFlash

Mexico rolls out supercomputer

AMD Opteron 6200 Series processor family wins the Linley Group Analysts' Choice Award for Best Server Processor

HP virtualizes storage for California State University to support scholastic research

IBM and NEC team up to enable industry innovators Tervela and Selerity to transform their networks with OpenFlow

Watson supercomputer advises oncologists

NCSA Blue Waters Project selects Globus Online for data movement

Major new NVIDIA CUDA release makes it faster and easier to accelerate scientific research with GPUs

AMD announces the first AMD Fusion Center of Innovation

A big leap toward lowering the power consumption of microprocessors

AMD reports fourth quarter and annual results

Novation selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine to improve performance and scale of health care supply chain analytics platform

Oracle completes acquisition of RightNow

IBM and VELCO to build next generation communications network for Vermont Energy Grid

Red Hat encourages open collaboration by establishing Independent Board for Open Source Project GlusterFS

SDSC's East Building receives LEED Gold Certification

Novation selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine to improve performance and scale of health care supply chain analytics platform

24 Jan 2012 Redwood Shores - Novation, a health care supply contracting company for the members of VHA Inc., UHC, and Provista LLC, has selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine to support the growth of its Supply Chain Data Management platform following an extensive vendor evaluation process.

With its migration to Oracle Exadata Database Machine from a third-party database, Novation expects to:

  • Dramatically increase data load throughput;
  • Improve customer report times from hours to minutes with Proof of Concept tests showing up to 41x gains compared to its current system;
  • Achieve storage savings with Oracle Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression, which delivered 10x compression rates in tests; and,
  • Reduce customer on-ramp to analytic services from an average of 20 days down to hours enabling customers to gain insight into spending habits and identify cost saving opportunities in minutes.

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Novation acts as the supply contracting company for the more than 65,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC and Provista to help them manage and reduce supply costs.

The health care markets served by Novation include not-for-profit acute hospitals and systems, academic medical centres, ambulatory care and physician clinics, home health and long-term care facilities.

By applying data-driven contracting decisions in daily operations, Novation can negotiate, monitor and protect pricing on members' behalf throughout all phases of a contract’s life cycle using price management strategies that focus on contract and supplier performance.

Unlike consumer markets where pricing is transparent, opaque supplier pricing in the health care industry leads to potentially wide variances in pricing for supplies, capital or IT equipment, pharmaceuticals, and more.

Over 1,000 hospitals rely on Novation's Supply Chain Data Management platform to help manage their monthly spend, analyze purchases, and gain visibility into pricing. Novation offers analytics, price benchmarking tools and more to help hospitals identify and maximize contract savings.

To address the growing volume of member hospital transaction data for analysis, Novation purchased two Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 systems in May 2011. Oracle Exadata Database Machine powers Novation’s enterprise data warehouse.

With the help of Gold level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and system integrator with experience in Oracle Exadata, Viscosity Technology, Novation implemented a half-rack Oracle Exadata system for production and a quarter-rack Oracle Exadata system for development and testing environments on behalf of VHA and UHC member hospitals.

By owning its own storage capability through Oracle Exadata, as opposed to renting space in the Cloud, Novation has greater control over security in a more stable environment.

"The applications developed by Novation are helping the VHA and UHC member hospitals we serve identify significant cost savings opportunities", stated Alex Latham, Vice President, E-Business & Systems Development at Novation. "The interest in our solutions has meant a greater influx of data than we've traditionally seen. Oracle Exadata Database Machine will help Novation to scale linearly as our data volumes grow without any impact to performance. We anticipate that Oracle Exadata Database Machine will help reduce member hospital data processing time from as much as 20 days to mere hours, enabling members to act on cost savings faster."
Source: Oracle

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-01-30

Exascale supercomputing

Intel to buy some QLogic networking assets for $125 million

The Cloud

Pacific Controls acquires Infotility Inc. to become the world leader in intelligent software agents for the Smart Grid

Vnetrix delivers Cloud services to global businesses in hours using CA Technologies private Cloud software

Nexica powers its Cloud computing service with EMC VNX unified storage

Oracle Utilities Meter-to-Cash Applications Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud demonstrate unprecedented throughput for 10 million interval meters

Red Hat updates Messaging, Realtime and Grid platform

VMware delivers VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

Novatrend builds new Cloud services with CA Technologies turnkey Cloud platform

American College of Physicians and CECity launch new quality improvement technology platform

Oracle Desktop Virtualization solution wins 2011 GOOD DESIGN Award

VMware opens Online Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Marketplace

EMC reports record fourth-quarter and full-year revenue and profit

VMware reports fourth quarter and full year 2011 results

EMC accelerates journey to the Cloud at Cisco Live

EuroFlash

ACE announces ABI testing in Rembrandt Release of the SuperTest compiler test and validation suite

Joe Casson, University of Brighton joins Visual Acuity

projectiondesign and Jumbo Vision helps increasing offshore efficiency using land-based collaboration and control

2012 International Supercomputing Conference calls for posters, BoFs, and student volunteers

World's longest superconductor system to replace inner-city high-voltage cable

Jumpstarting computers with 3D chips

Russian HPC vendor RSC Group summarizes the results of 2011 and outlines prospects for business development

USFlash

Mexico rolls out supercomputer

AMD Opteron 6200 Series processor family wins the Linley Group Analysts' Choice Award for Best Server Processor

HP virtualizes storage for California State University to support scholastic research

IBM and NEC team up to enable industry innovators Tervela and Selerity to transform their networks with OpenFlow

Watson supercomputer advises oncologists

NCSA Blue Waters Project selects Globus Online for data movement

Major new NVIDIA CUDA release makes it faster and easier to accelerate scientific research with GPUs

AMD announces the first AMD Fusion Center of Innovation

A big leap toward lowering the power consumption of microprocessors

AMD reports fourth quarter and annual results

Novation selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine to improve performance and scale of health care supply chain analytics platform

Oracle completes acquisition of RightNow

IBM and VELCO to build next generation communications network for Vermont Energy Grid

Red Hat encourages open collaboration by establishing Independent Board for Open Source Project GlusterFS

SDSC's East Building receives LEED Gold Certification