Opscode Named Best of Show at Bio-IT World 2012

Press Release | Opscode | May 7, 2012

Opscode®, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that Opscode Chef™, its leading systems-integration framework, was named "Best of Show" at Bio-IT World Conference and Expo in the event's Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure category. Selected by Bio-IT World magazine editors and leading industry experts, the "Best of Show" winner is recognized for demonstrating exceptional technology innovation across the life sciences research, discovery, and clinical trials process.

"Life sciences and drug discovery is rapidly moving to the cloud as the most efficient means to accessing large-scale compute resources with minimal investment," said Christopher Brown, CTO, Opscode. "While this shift is allowing organizations of all sizes access to tremendous IT horsepower, it is also creating significant management challenges for often-understaffed IT teams. Chef is a force multiplier that solves this problem by enabling these organizations to automate infrastructure management, so they can get back to science."

Cycle Computing, the leader in Utility Supercomputing Software, successfully utilized Opscode Chef to create a 50,000 core virtual supercomputer to assist in the development of novel drug compounds for cancer research. Using this mega-cluster, the largest utility supercomputer on record, the computational chemistry organization Schrodinger was able to analyze 21 million drug compounds in just 3 hours, for less than $4,900 per hour at peak. According to estimates based on current hardware and services pricing, deploying the physical infrastructure necessary for a project of this size, including physical servers, storage, and switching, plus operation and maintenance costs, would require a total investment in the tens of millions of dollars.

Opscode Chef is an open source systems integration framework built for automating the cloud. It allows software developers, engineers, and architects to easily deploy thousands of servers and scale applications throughout an entire infrastructure. Through a combination of configuration management and service-oriented architectures, Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef make it easy to create an elegant, fully automated infrastructure while simplifying systems management. For more information, please go here.

For more information on the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo and the "Best of Show" Awards, please go here.

About Opscode

Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. Opscode helps companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineer's time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. Opscode is headquartered in Seattle. More information can be found at www.opscode.com.

About Bio-IT World

Bio-IT World (www.bio-itworld.com), the flagship publication of Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), is the leading source of news on technology and strategic innovation in drug discovery, development, and clinical trials. Bio-IT World explores the tools and results of predictive biology as the industry adapts to the new world of personalized medicine. Bio-IT World has won 34 national and regional awards, more than any other magazine covering the life sciences industry.

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