We are delighted to have successfully achieved Red Hat Premier Partner for Cloud status, becoming the first and only Premier Cloud partner in the UK with the ability to provide end to end Cloud services.
Red Hat Premier Cloud status demonstrates OCF’s commitment to Cloud Infrastructure technologies including OpenStack, Containerisation (OpenShift), and Cloud & Virtualised Infrastructure Management through CloudForms.
The level has been achieved through the completion of advanced technical, architecture and sales training and tests to further develop and demonstrate OCF’s expertise in this area.
The Premier level recognises OCF’s contribution to Red Hat and the Red Hat partner ecosystem and enables OCF to have the highest level of visibility at Red Hat and in the marketplace and access to the most competitive Red Hat pricing. The Cloud Infrastructure Specialist status means OCF gets priority when it comes to deploying Red Hat Cloud Solutions with our customers. Additional support and expertise are also available from Red Hat which can provide a rapid and in-depth response to any customer questions.
“We recognise that Red Hat’s Cloud products can offer excellent benefits to our customers. Being a Premier Cloud partner has enabled OCF’s sales and technical teams to develop their knowledge to provide customers with the most innovative solutions to meet their requirements,” says Mahesh Pancholi, business development manager, OCF plc. “This status complements OCF’s partner levels with other vendors and demonstrates our commitment to Red Hat.”
OCF started working in partnership with Red Hat in 2014. Since the partnership commenced installations have been completed at a number of customers including MRC eMedLab.
MRC eMedLab is a shared private-cloud infrastructure that provides efficient high throughput HPC facilities to the seven members of the eMedLab consortium; University College London, The Francis Crick Institute, Kings College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and EMBL-EBI. The solution consists mostly of Lenovo (formerly IBM) Flex Systems and IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS) Storage Servers and is controlled using Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform.
A wide range of medical research projects are supported by a private cloud environment, with the focus on building common tools and common ways of analysing and sharing the data. In total, there are over 20 different projects running on the MRC eMedLab infrastructure including a project looking at population levels and the prevalence of HIV and TB, how the pathogen/bacteria evolve and the genetics of human resistance, collaboration on research on rare diseases in children and linking genomics and brain imaging to better understand dementia.