Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s largest on-demand cloud computing platform, hosting over 33 per cent of all cloud services. The service allows users (individuals, organisations, and governments), to access computer infrastructure, software and storage remotely, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.

Research is increasingly computer-intensive across a whole range of disciplines, not just data and computer science – but most researchers are not IT experts and don’t have the in-depth understanding of data management needed to work with very large datasets.

The Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) has partnered with RONIN, which has developed a Cloud Orchestration Platform that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to allow our researchers to effectively work with very large datasets to undergo population health data research.

RONIN created a new big data research environment based on the AWS Cloud for DHCRC. “We saw this as a great opportunity to help DHCRC automate its research platform to get up and running quickly and also have strong access control,” says Byron Low, Vice President of Global Operations for RONIN.

The new RONIN-DHCRC platform is accessed by researchers via a secure web application which accesses multiple terabytes of research data while also automatically adjusts compute capacity.

Our researchers can now launch research environments in under 10 minutes and have been able to cut compute costs by 60 percent.

Digital Health CRC was proud to have our partnership with Ronin featured as a case study for Amazon Web Services in December 2020.