The Genomics Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine Speeds up Genetic Research with Avere
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Avere Systems, Inc.
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Pittsburgh, PA, 15237
Press release date: February 15, 2011
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 15, 2011 - Avere Systems, the company setting new performance benchmarks with its Demand-Driven Storage(TM) solutions, today announced that Mount Sinai School of Medicine, one of the world's foremost centers in medical and scientific training, has implemented the company's FXT Series to significantly reduce job processing times of I/O intensive genomic sequencing research.
Internationally regarded for its dedication to medical science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is home to an array of leading research institutes, centers and laboratories, all of which work toward rapidly translating advances in basic science into innovative patient care. Modern experimental technologies for genetic and genome sequencing projects involve massive datasets that require researchers to not only think about the biology of their projects but the technologies needed to handle the analysis of hundreds of millions of genomic sequences generated.
"Our parallelized pipeline to align hundreds of millions of fragments of RNA/DNA against the human genome for SNP analysis is very disk-intensive with lots of reads and writes," said Ravi Sachidanandam, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at Mount Sinai. "Avere has helped minimize these read/write bottlenecks, reducing the amount of time needed to process each job from 12 hours to less than 6 hours."
"Organizations performing data-intensive operations have for too long gotten by with a 'good enough' approach to their computational needs," said Ron Bianchini, Avere CEO. "They too often accept read/write times as fixed, turn to over-provisioning of disk-based systems or add expensive Flash aimlessly to make up for this loss. By implementing automatically tiered NAS appliances, like the FXT 2300, organizations like Mount Sinai School of Medicine can dramatically accelerate read and write workloads by dynamically moving data in real time to the most-appropriate storage tier to improve the cost/performance ratio without additional administrative overhead."
The Avere FXT Series contains both solid state storage and traditional hard drives to optimize performance without compromises on all types of workloads. Reads, writes, and metadata are allocated to storage media via Avere's unique approach to dynamic tiering. Allocation algorithms running on the FXT appliances monitor access frequency patterns and workload type and manage data placement on multiple internal tiers. This increases performance, distributes the workload in the cluster and minimizes requests to the mass storage server. Movement of data occurs in real-time--not in hours or days--and occurs at the file or block level. All of this is done automatically by the system--there are no complex policies to configure or update.
About Avere Systems
Avere provides Demand-Driven Storage solutions that dynamically organize data in response to business demand. The Avere FXT Series enables faster application performance at dramatically lower cost by intelligently moving active data between traditional storage devices and FXT appliances. In benchmark SPECsfs2008 testing the FXT Series was shown to provide the highest performance and most efficient scaling with lowest cost vs. other disk-based solutions. Installed at leading entertainment, life science and energy companies, to name a few, the FXT Series, which can be clustered for maximum scalability, tiers data on SSD and HDD media and enables a 5:1 reduction in disks, power, and rack space. Learn more at www.averesystems.com, and you can follow the company on Twitter.com/averesystems.
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