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How RMS put its catastrophe modeling software in the cloud

J. D. Sartain | Oct. 28, 2014
For much of its 25-year history, catastrophe modeling and risk management firm RMS delivered its software using an on-premises model. The company's modeling software is designed to help customers mitigate financial risk in advance of events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and even terrorist attacks.

Georgallis admits that building a cloud solution is fraught with challenges. Choose your partners and solutions carefully, he advises. Pick vendors that support open source, as they will support the growing number of organizations entering the technology marketplace.

Plan for a constantly changing environment, too. This ensures that you can leverage all investments as new options enter the technology market. In the case of RMS, Georgallis says, this has meant evaluating bare-metal options and, as a result, equipping its UCS platform with internal USB boot drives.


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