Enhance medical research with on-demand self-service IT


$1.5 Million

in hardware cost savings

Baylor College of Medicine

Prestigious medical school takes research and discovery to the cloud.

Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor) is helping to solve the most critical health problems of our time. To conduct even more groundbreaking research and publish results faster, Baylor must enable its faculty and students to concentrate on their research without distractions. However, procuring IT infrastructure for research projects often took weeks to complete. Some researchers used “shadow IT” and set up server environments on their own. Unfortunately, they often underestimated their needs, causing delays in research results and driving up long-term costs.

Alexander Izaguirre, CIO/CTO and Vice President, Information Technology at Baylor knew that a private cloud could address both users’ desire for speed and IT’s need for control. His vision extended well beyond infrastructure as a service: He saw an opportunity to fundamentally change how services are delivered and enable content sharing through a private discovery cloud.

“Our Discovery Research Cloud built on FlexPod allows our researchers to focus on medical science, not IT,” says Izaguirre. “They can easily build accurate cost estimates into their grant applications and get what they need without ever talking to an IT person. They can begin their experiments sooner, get results faster, and learn more during their time at Baylor.”

The private cloud is saving Baylor a bundle in IT staff time and budget previously allocated to business and healthcare applications.

About this Customer

Baylor College

Located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, the researchers at Baylor College of Medicine tackle the complex questions of cancer, pediatric AIDS, aging, and much more. Baylor’s Human Genome Sequencing Center has sequenced more human genome data than any other institution on the planet. Baylor routinely ranks as one of the top medical schools for research in U.S. News & World Report. Because of its vital role in the worldwide medical research community, Baylor receives substantial grant funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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