Genomics England Scales Up Genomic Sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale™ Object Storage
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Corp. (NASDAQ: QMCO) today announced that Genomics England has expanded their Quantum ActiveScale object storage solution as part of an integrated environment designed to store, protect, and provide access to hundreds of petabytes of genomic data. The solution enabled the organization to scale up from sequencing 100,000 genomes to millions while improving data resilience, controlling costs, and avoiding IT complexity. The implementation supports Genomics England's commitment to sequence the genomes of intensive care patients with COVID-19 and other people with the virus and is an example of Quantum's leadership in storing and managing unstructured data.
Expanding Genomic Work Beyond the Limits of an Existing NAS System
Unfortunately, the existing network-attached storage (NAS) system used for genomic data was not up to the task. The NAS, which held 21 PB of data, had reached its node-scaling limit. Genomics England needed something more scalable than existing NAS solutions—an infrastructure that could grow to hundreds of petabytes. A new solution also had to facilitate simple, flexible access to data by more than 3,000 researchers around the world.
Selecting Quantum ActiveScale Object Storage as Part of a Single, Integrated Solution
The solution creates a two-tier architecture that combines flash storage plus an object storage system, which serves as a long-term data lake repository. The two storage tiers—each of which can be scaled independently—present as a single hybrid storage environment. As a result, researchers have the flexibility to query data in a highly randomized fashion.
Taking on New Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Around the same time that Genomics England was ramping up participation in COVID-19 research, the ActiveScale solution platform was acquired by Quantum. A Quantum team facilitated a smooth transition for Genomics England, which then expanded the object-storage environment from 40 PB to more than 100 PB.
Scaling was seamless. The ActiveScale system's architecture is underpinned by its RAID replacement technology, with intelligent, dynamic placement of erasure coded data. That placement of data eliminates the need for system rebalancing which can compromise performance and availability.
Protecting Vital Genomic Data
Gaining Scalability While Controlling Costs and Complexity
The storage environment is also helping to reduce costs. According to Nephos, the Genomics England team decreased storage costs by 75 percent per genome compared with the previous environment. The organization is expected to reduce costs by 96 percent by 2023.
Just as important, the Genomics England team has experienced these benefits without adding complexity. The new integrated storage environment makes it simple for researchers from around the world to store and access the genomic data they need for their work.
Read the entire case study for Genomics England: https://www.quantum.com/en/resources/customer-success/genomics-england/
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