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University of Florida Tackles Big Science Data Growth with DDN

ddn logoThe University of Florida’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) has selected DDN high-performance storage as the foundation for a converged infrastructure designed to accommodate ever-increasing life sciences and bioinformatics workloads. As one of the Nation’s top cross-disciplinary life sciences academic research facilities, ICBR’s data load explodes with every new high-speed device investment including next generation sequencers and Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) instruments, which are capable of generating TB of data per day.

We now have the opportunity to build an authoritative, immutable data warehouse that provides a safe harbor in the middle of the ‘Wild Wild West’ of scientific research, said Aaron Gardner, Cyberinfrastructure Section Director for the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. “Based on that, as well as the ability to increase performance with smaller footprint, fewer hardware costs, lower management overhead and latency makes me confident we are headed in the right direction.”

Using DDN Storage Fusion Architecture high-performance storage engine with In-Storage Processing converged compute capabilities and DDN’s GRIDScaler parallel file system, ICBR was able to deploy an adaptive and customizable architecture for storing, managing and analyzing large collections of distributed data totaling billions of files and petabytes of storage across tens of federated data grids. Now, since researchers can access as little or as much data as they choose, internal and external ICBR researchers, as well as partner institutions, can focus on scientific advances such as innovation in antibody development and production, rather than on IT infrastructure.

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