Qumulo Enables Massive Data Capacity and Scale for Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) COVID-19 Health Analytics and Vaccine Roll Out
Pandemic Impact Project of the Year
Entry Description
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research organization whose mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best public health information available. In February 2020, the University of Washington School of Medicine requested immediate help from IHME for pandemic modeling.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented an enormous challenge to the IHME team while they needed to produce large-scale data modeling for forecasts practically overnight. Hospitals and research centers everywhere needed to manage projections, death reports, infection and testing numbers, and social distancing information. IHME turned to Qumulo to help them respond to the new influx of data and create a rapid release cadence of new visualizations without putting existing projects on hold.

Qumulo provided the Cached Performance platform powered by the Qumulo file data platform for on-premise data processing with massive storage capacities enabled by WesternDigital Ultrastar NVMe SSDs and HDDs. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, these systems helped IHME to analyze up to 20x more data every day. Qumulo made it possible to ingest, process and leverage data coming in from a wide range of internal and external sources. These platforms empowered IHME to deliver COVID-19 visualizations within days of the initial requests and rapidly scale to meet needs from governments and healthcare officials tasked with keeping communities safe around the globe. Observations and projections included data based on the number of deaths, infections and testing, mask use, social distancing, and hospital resource use including ICU beds and ventilators.

Data insights and analytics are mission-critical to the ongoing pandemic response. Qumulo provided simple and secure data management so that IHME can continue to do life-saving research.

“Visualizations are core to IHME communications with policymakers for the scientific papers that are rigorously peer-reviewed by journals. Qumulo is critical to enabling us to distill hundreds of millions of data points into a single visualization, which allows policymakers to easily view the results and communicate them to their teams.” – Serkan Yalcin, Director of IT Infrastructure, IHME