Founded in December 2017, the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB) unites fundamental and clinical researchers. They work hand in hand to advance the understanding of eye diseases and to develop new therapies for vision loss. IOB started its operations in 2018, underwent a rapid growth and employs more than 100 people today.
As the prevalence of eye diseases is increasing worldwide – and there is no effective therapy available for most of them, IOB aims to implement the best technologies to fight disorders such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, the leading causes of disability and loss of independent lifestyle. Methods based on high performance computing play a crucial role in the development of therapeutic approaches for visual dysfunctions.
In search of new ways to combat visual impairment and blindness, IOB relies on a variety of instruments such as genetic analysis and imaging tools. Many of the methods used require a high computing power in an irregular fashion. When choosing the optimal IT infrastructure, the focus was on meeting these requirements:
To address a high level of resources, the IOB evaluated various on-prem and cloud options. Google Cloud won the race thanks to its robust infrastructure, scalability, and cutting-edge performance. To allow both user friendly and controlled access to the resources of Google Cloud, IOB chose to work directly with Wabion, the leading Google Cloud Premier Partner in the DACH region. Wabion, together with IOB developed a customized user friendly access portal to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Central Visual Circuits Group, IOB
After a successful introduction of G Suite as IOB’s new office solution and collaboration tool, Wabion led IOB through a Cloud Foundation in order to set up an IOB-specific GCP instance. This was followed by the development of a customized cloud-native user interface allowing non-technical users to easily access and deploy GCP resources.
Wabion has tailor-made the Google Best Practices for the DACH region. Wabion GCP experts worked with the IOB stakeholders to define the basic configuration of the IOB GCP instance including Cloud Identity, Cloud IAM, Networking, Monitoring, Billing, Support, and Automation. As research at the IOB often moves sensitive data, cloud identity and security were of particular importance.
For research on eye diseases and the development of new therapies using methods such as genetic analyses of retinal cells, researchers at the IOB require a flexible and direct access to high performance computing capacities without costs getting out of hand. Furthermore, given that users at the IOB were primarily non-technical, this access would have to be simple and straightforward.
Wabion developed the cloud-native GCP VM Manager tool for the IOB. The GCP VM Manager tool offers a simplified user interface for deploying high performance resources, the flexibility in the provisioning of high performance computing resources, simplified administrative control, as well as automated cost control:
UI of the GCP VM Manager: with just a few clicks, users order the required VMs, while a dynamic cost estimate is available.
Central Visual Circuits Group, IOB
The GCP VM Manager by Wabion creates space for IOB to perform cutting-edge research without the use of an on-prem data center. It unlocks the power of Google Cloud in various ways:
Organizations like IOB need unlimited and flexible computing power in order to advance their demanding projects. The scalability, power, and variable pricing of Google Cloud paves the way for faster, deeper innovation. Wabion paves the way to Google Cloud.