Use Case: Using big data to fight dementia



The University of Sheffield’s Center for Computational Imaging & Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine wanted to learn more about the underlying pathology of dementia. They wanted to use a single Multix platform to analyze the rich library of unstructured biomedical data they had from over 6000 patients. The platform needed to be able to move the unstructured data easily and efficiently between 8 different cloud providers and 6 HPC Providers so it could be analyzed by over 950 different applications.


The Center for Computational Imaging & Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine looked at a number of different vendors to transfer and replicate data on an ad-hoc basis and during live synchronizations from on-premises to supporting cloud providers. They compared WANdisco’s technology with S3SMD, Cyberduck, LSYNCD and Tsunami UDP and found WANdisco Fusion was the only solution that could transfer continually changing data to the cloud but also do it at the speed and volume they required.

  • WANdisco Fusion offered the most impressive data migration performance in the market and was the only solution offering active-active WAN replication.
  • WANdisco Fusion was found to be more resilient than Lsyncd and Tsunami UDP and was the only vendor solution which offered automatic recovery and guaranteed consistency.
  • With WANdisco’s Fusion technology the Center for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine can now analyze unstructured data patient data, whether in terms of primary or original data (e.g. medical histories, radiological information, etc.); secondary or derivative data from analysis and exploitation; or even metadata associated with patient’s genetic or therapeutic information.

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