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Avere Systems Powers BioTeam Test Lab at TACC

Today Avere Systems announced that BioTeam, Inc. is incorporating Avere FXT Edge filers into its Convergence Lab, a testing environment hosted at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

In cooperation with vendors and TACC, BioTeam utilizes the lab to evaluate solutions for its clients by standing up, configuring and testing new infrastructure under conditions relevant to life sciences in order to deliver on its mission of providing objective, vendor agnostic solutions to researchers. The life sciences community is producing increasingly large amounts of data from sources ranging from laboratory analytical devices, to research, to patient data, which is putting IT organizations under pressure to support these growing workloads.

Avere’s technology offers life science organizations the ability to flexibly process and store these growing datasets where it makes the most sense — at performance levels that help to improve the rate of discovery. Avere Edge filers allow seamless integration of multiple storage destinations, including multiple public clouds and on-premises data centers, increasing the options that organizations like BioTeam can provide its customers for data center optimization. BioTeam plans on utilizing the FXT filers to test burst buffer workloads and hybrid storage strategies for life sciences data and workloads in order to develop effective recommendations for their customers under the right conditions.

Avere’s technology provides many world-renowned life science research facilities with flexibility and performance benefits, in addition to the ability to support the large data sets common to BioIT workflows. By reducing the dependency on traditional storage and facilitating modernization with hybrid cloud infrastructures, Avere also helps organizations keep their IT costs in check.

The BioTeam Lab takes an integrative approach to streamlining computer-aided research from the lab bench to knowledge. Solutions are driven by BioTeam’s clients and tailored to meet the scientific needs of the organization. Inside the lab, BioTeam works with vendors to understand the end-to-end experience of using their technologies and handles everything including the racking, installations, configuration, testing and integration, vendor communication and return shipping. Remote access to the lab is available from virtually any location with an internet connection. TACC provides the space, power, cooling, connectivity, support and deep collaboration on lab projects.

BioTeam is a fast-growing consulting company that is comprised of a highly cross-functional and creative group of scientists and engineers. Our unique cross section of experience allows us to enable computer-aided discovery in life sciences by creating and adapting IT infrastructure and services to fit the scientific goals of the organizations we work with,” said Ari Berman, Vice President and General Manager of Consulting, BioTeam. “As part of our larger suite of hardware and software, having Avere in our lab gives us the hands-on ability to test Avere-based hybrid storage scenarios in a controlled and optimized life sciences environment, utilizing real workloads. These scenarios will allow BioTeam to understand where Avere technology best fits in the life sciences and healthcare domain and will allow us to innovate next-generation strategies for storage and analytics workflows. Having this opportunity allows us to deepen our understanding of the overall storage landscape and to be able to recommend fit for purpose solutions to our customers.”

“Working with BioTeam is a natural fit for Avere. Our technology has a solid track record of helping life science organizations leverage the cloud for large workloads for both cloud compute and storage resources,” said Jeff Tabor, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing at Avere Systems. “We look forward to collaborating with the BioTeam and continuing to help the industry effectively integrate cloud into their data center strategies and seamlessly use multiple cloud vendors.”

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