Medidata Solutions Transforms Clinical Trials through the Cloud with Opscode

Deploys Opscode Hosted Chef™ to Deliver Clinical Cloud Across More Than 115 Countries, Accelerating New Application Delivery Cycles from Weeks to Less Than 24 Hours

Sep 24, 2012, 08:00 ET from Opscode

SEATTLE, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Opscode®, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that Medidata Solutions, a pioneer in leveraging the cloud to optimize the clinical research process, has deployed Opscode Hosted Chef™ to automate its hybrid infrastructure, including configuration and environment management, reporting and application delivery.

Medidata leverages its unique Platform as a Service (PaaS) to streamline the entire clinical development process, from study and protocol design, trial planning and budgeting, site negotiation, clinical portal, trial management, randomization and trial supply management, clinical data capture and management, safety events capture, medical coding to business analytics. Leveraging a hybrid infrastructure featuring physical servers behind a firewall and cloud resources, Medidata can simultaneously ensure maximum security for its clients' information and highly scalable compute resources to meet customer demand.

"Our aim is to provide clinical research organizations with the most advanced tools to transform planning and managing their clinical trials. To do so, we need to be able to deliver new solutions securely in real-time," said Glen de Vries, President, Medidata Solutions. "Such accelerated innovation wouldn't be possible without Hosted Chef, which has enabled a super-charged development pipeline without resource or management limitations."

"Medidata is helping accelerate the discovery of new treatments for life-threatening illnesses by driving new levels of efficiency in clinical trials," said Adam Jacob, Chief Customer Officer, Opscode. "With its use of Hosted Chef in a hybrid cloud environment, Medidata is leading the next wave of innovation in life science technologies by leveraging cloud scale within a controlled environment."

Using Hosted Chef, Medidata's DevOps team has been able to deliver highly available web-based services, adapting to fluctuations in demand on the fly without downtime or system interruptions to meet its wide range of customer needs. Leveraging infrastructure as code, Medidata has automated the configuration, management, change control and reporting of compute resources, reducing application delivery cycles from weeks to less than 24 hours.

Customer Benefits:

  • Accelerated Application Delivery: Using Hosted Chef, Medidata's DevOps team can provide developers on-demand access to compute resources and automate testing processes, reducing new application delivery times from weeks to less than 24 hours.
  • Maximum Consistency: With Hosted Chef, Medidata can deploy infrastructure as code, ensuring consistent resource configuration and highly available web services.
  • Total Compliance: Hosted Chef provides immediate access to current and historical reporting information, providing Medidata with complete documentation of infrastructure changes to ensure full compliance with clinical regulations.

With security and auditing critical to Medidata's operations, the life sciences innovator needed an automation engine capable of providing up-to-date and historical documentation of its infrastructure without significant manual data entry or management. With Hosted Chef, Medidata has access to a central data repository documenting all changes to compute resources, enabling Medidata's DevOps team to quickly and easily access reporting data to ensure maximum system security and regulatory compliance.  

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 engineers 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  

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