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June 12, 2012

National Kidney Registry Migrates into the Cloud

The National Kidney Registry developed a matching system for kidney transplants and is now migrating the system, called SMELAC, to Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud. This move will help the organization make matches much faster than its previous conventional methods.

 The National Kidney Registry announced its new move to the American Transplant Congress on Monday last week during the fourth annual National Kidney Registry Awards, hosted by the organization's CEO himself, Garet Hil. The event was hosted together with Microsoft's VP of Public Sector Services, Wes Anderson.

Windows Azure has reportedly helped the National Kidney Registry's matching speeds, increasing them by about four times as much because of the simultaneous processing capacities expressed in the system. Despite the fact that the Registry is already the world's top public transplant provider, it has decided to take some steps forward in enhancing its ability to save lives.

Anderson commented on the impact that Azure will have on the National Kidney Registry, saying,  "The National Kidney Registry team realized early-on that scaling their success in kidney matching requires variable computing capability that may grow exponentially at very short notice, presenting important conditions for moving back-end processes to a cloud-based solution. By fully leveraging Windows Azure, the National Kidney Registry is continuing its amazing work of helping to provide a long and normal life for the ultimate benefactors of this endeavor - those among us who need the help of the community to overcome end-stage renal disease."

Garet Hil, CEO of the National Kidney Registry, also said, "Microsoft continues to provide valuable technical support as we continue to grow our program. The migration to Azure is the latest advance that is allowing our computing capacity to scale up as our pool of incompatible pairs expands."

Windows Azure is a cloud platform that allows businesses to fully streamline the online backend of their operations so that they can focus on running their offline processes a bit more and handle larger amounts of data traffic.

Edited by Brooke Neuman