Google Public Sector today announced that the University of California, Riverside (UCR) has chosen Google Cloud to modernize its enterprise infrastructure and support its cutting-edge research program. Google said the collaboration will drive faster research results by increasing computing speed, agility, and scale for researchers, and by improving collaboration across other Research 1 institutions.
Matthew Gunkel, associate vice chancellor and CIO of Information Technology Solutions (ITS) at UCR said,
“Modernizing our infrastructure enables us to offer our researchers opportunities that are currently unprecedented in higher education in terms of computing research. We’re removing administrative barriers so that our research community can focus on advancing and accelerating important work.”
“We believe this will drive increased research output and a subsequent increase in campus funding, global recognition, and prestigious academic researchers coming to work for the University.”
Google Cloud gives UCR flexibility to propel the way R1 research is done in the cloud while maximizing the opportunity to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.
As the most favored cloud platform powering research globally, Google Cloud will allow ITS to provide innovative IT services that support the University’s mission, including:
- Advanced research computing services that provide UCR researchers with access to secure research workstations and storage, auto-scaling high-performance computing clusters, infinity-scaling databases, and AI and machine-learning services through the Google Cloud Platform;
- The ability to spin up, scale up, and scale down services through the implementation of a location-agnostic application modernization strategy using Google Cloud Anthos;
- Enterprise-wide availability to data and business intelligence services that leverage Looker as a cohesive analytics and reporting program and BigQuery as a central superstore to derive valuable insights and access, analyze, and act on up-to-date University data;
- Bolstering campus information security posture through Chronicle’s security monitoring and automation capabilities which allow ITS to provide more comprehensive threat detection, analysis, and response.
Dr. Bryan Wong, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCR said,
“Not all researchers are computer scientists, but many of us still require immense computational resources to do scientific research.”
“ITS’ new paradigm for research eases a burden on the University’s research community.”
With access to advanced computational resources, researchers will be able to analyze large data sets at petabyte scale in minutes, perform more complex simulations and modeling, and add or scale services and storage as needed.
Karen Dahut, CEO of Google Public Sector said,
“UCR is a trailblazer for higher education institutions and is pushing the boundaries of digital transformation within their field.
Our partnership is helping to make research accessible and cost-efficient for UCR faculty and students, at a time when improved research outcomes, increased productivity, and collaboration are more important than ever.
Our work with UCR allows researchers to focus on the science, while Google Public Sector powers the enterprise infrastructure facilitating the innovation.”
UCR ITS and Google will host an on-campus Innovative Research Orientation on March 13th. UCR researchers and their teams are invited to attend to receive hands-on training from Google Cloud experts as they learn how to use Google’s cloud-based tools to support research workloads.
To learn more about how Google Cloud is driving innovation in research, register for Google Cloud Research Day on March 15th in San Diego. It launches a new series of workshops held in Google offices around the nation that gives participants access to Google experts as well as the chance to demo the latest tools and solutions.
About Google Cloud
Google Cloud was originally launched on April 7th, 2008 under the name App Engine. It is a suite of cloud computing services that run on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its own products such as Search and YouTube.
This cloud platform provides businesses with cutting-edge technology to help them innovate, grow, and transform their operations.
With an ever-growing range of tools, services, and solutions, Google Cloud aims to make it easier for companies to build and manage modern applications.
The Google Cloud platform offers a wide range of benefits including scalability, reliability, security, speed, and cost-effectiveness. Businesses can easily scale up or down their resources based on demand without worrying about hardware limitations or infrastructure management.
The platform also provides built-in security features designed to protect data from unauthorized access or cyber threats.