Cloud Computing

Cloud computing provides a way for people to scalably store and manage their data in a secure online environment. New projects can be deployed and managed without a large investment of time, cost, or infrastructure. Cloud resources can be tailored to the individual project’s computing needs while leveraging economies-of-scale and shared expertise.

Sherlock Cloud infrastructure was established as means to provide secure data storage and computing to academic, state and government partners. Sherlock Cloud is both HIPAA and FISMA compliant and was developed in accordance with hundreds of NIST controls governing system access, information control, and management processes. Sherlock Cloud addresses federal Cloud First requirements and offers a flexible and scalable compute and storage platform for a variety of research and data projects requiring a secure, access-controlled environment.

Sherlock Cloud currently supports National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and a number of University of California campus initiatives, and complies with the specific requirements of each agency. Sherlock Cloud offers a flexible and scalable compute and storage platform for a variety of research and data projects requiring a secure, access-controlled environment.

The SDSC Sherlock Cloud uses virtualization technologies to achieve hardware economies of scale and increased system utilization through the secure sharing of hardware and storage devices. These virtualization technologies also increase resource reliability and “up time,” as applications can be easily migrated from one physical server to another. Sherlock partners with organizations to develop a custom framework for supporting projects. Together, we develop a comprehensive joint service model that defines roles, responsibilities, processes, and methods that will be used to support projects. Permutations can range from Sherlock Cloud operating as a service ‘island’ to integration with organizational provisioning and de-provisioning systems and institutional branding. Sherlock is flexible to support the needs of partner institutions within security compliance requirements.

Sherlock Cloud services are physically located within the SDSC Data Center, and, where needed for redundancy, in a secure data center in Northern California. The SDSC Data Center is a physically secure facility that is staffed 24x7 and is environmentally protected with backup generator power, controlled access, fire suppression systems, and various other safety measures. Sherlock Cloud systems interconnect with a 10 Gb/s network fabric within the SDSC Data Center. Wide-area networking utilizes more than 100 Gb/s of high-bandwidth connections to the Internet and research networks such as Internet2, National Lambda Rail (NLR), and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).

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