Yottabyte Research Cloud computing platform is now HIPAA-compliant

December 7, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS) is pleased to announce that the Yottabyte Research Cloud (YBRC) computing platform is now HIPAA-compliant. This means that YBRC and its associated services can accept restricted data, enabling secure data analysis on Windows and Linux virtual desktops, as well as secure hosting of databases and data ingestion.

The new capability ensures the security of restricted data through the creation of firewalled network enclaves, allowing HIPAA-aligned data to be analyzed safely and securely in YBRC’s flexible, robust, and scalable environment. Within each network enclave, researchers have access to Windows and Linux virtual desktops that can contain any software required for their analysis pipeline.

This capability also extends to other ARC-TS database and ingestion services:

  • Structured databases: MySQL/MariaDB and PostgreSQL

  • Unstructured databases: Cassandra, MongoDB, InfluxDB, Grafana, and ElasticSearch

  • Data ingestion: Redis, Kafka, RabbitMQ

  • Data processing: Apache Flink, Apache Storm, Node.js and Apache NiFi

  • Other data services are available upon request

YBRC is supported by U-M’s Data Science Initiative launched in 2015. YBRC was created through a partnership between Yottabyte and ARC-TS announced last fall.

These tools are offered to all researchers at the University of Michigan free of charge, provided that certain usage restrictions are not exceeded. Large-scale users who outgrow the no-cost allotment may purchase additional YBRC resources.

For more information, contact hpc-support@umich.edu.

Website: http://arc-ts.umich.edu/

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