PHE deploys Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies

PHE taps into Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies to deliver modern digital public health services.Image: PHE taps into Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies to deliver modern digital public health services. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

Public Health England (PHE) has deployed the open hybrid cloud technologies of Red Hat to help execute modern digital public health services in the UK.

Red Hat said that PHE was looking for an information and communication technology strategy that adopted modern computing architectures and solutions.

The agency wanted to use high-performance computing (HPC) and multicloud operations, and one developed from an open, automation-centric ecosystem that was capable of integrating a fragmented, proprietary set of existing systems.

Red Hat said that the open hybrid cloud technologies being used by PHE are expected to bring in on-demand high-performance computing. Furthermore, they help in enhancing IT orchestration and automation, while restricting proprietary technology lock-in, the US software company said.

PHE was formed to bring together specialists from over 100 organisations into a single public health service, which means structuring of its central ICT department to combine the disparate IT systems is a challenge.

The health agency had multiple technology requirements to consolidate, modernise and prepare its IT environment for future requirements.

Among them is a scalable private cloud infrastructure to power its high-performance computing (HPC) clusters that analyse the data needed to execute modern public health services.

PHE HPC and Infrastructure head Francesco Giannoccaro said: “The challenge for Public Health England is to keep abreast of the opportunities created by open source cloud technologies in order to help drive the public health principles of equity, openness and accessibility.

“PHE’s ability to take better advantage of the opportunities created by open source technology is vital in its work in keeping the nation safe and healthy and ensuring that public health principles are maintained and developed.”

Red Hat said that the agency built out a shared infrastructure based on the company’s OpenStack Platform. The agency selected the highly scalable Red Hat Ceph Storage for tight integration, and comprehensive support for OpenStack services.

For enhancing lifecycle management of legacy systems and to cut down proprietary vendor lock-in around virtualisation infrastructure, the agency opted for Red Hat Virtualization.

Red Hat United Kingdom and Ireland managing director Martin Lentle said: “Public Health England’s broad remit means that interoperability, data sharing and collaboration are vital to its success, and the enterprise-grade open source solutions provided by Red Hat are an excellent fit for the agency, where the rapid increase in the types and complexity of population health information requires a modern, flexible, and open infrastructure that can support the next-generation of applications and cloud services.”

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