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HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Selects Quobyte

To shift primary storage to SDS system

Quobyte Inc. announced that the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will use its technology to meet its growing data demands of its production IT system.

Hudsonalpha Institute For Biotechnology Selects Quobyte

HudsonAlpha, a nonprofit organization based in Huntsville, AL, is dedicated to improving the human condition around the globe through discovery, education, and economic development in the genomic sciences. The main campus includes nearly 50 biotech companies and consists of 152 acres located within Cummings Research Park, the second-largest research park in the nation.

Life Sciences is one of the most data hungry industries. Being able to deliver affordable storage performance and capacity to satiate that appetite is key to its success. In genomics, data volumes are increasing at high rate. Statista notes that from 2009-2014 the field created 1PB of data, in the following 5 years that number exploded to 20PB.

Traditional parallel file systems and data appliances are proving inadequate to the task of supporting the massive data requirements of these modern workloads. A truly software-defined approach overcomes many of these limitations. For example, while individual drives can offer performance, they are throttled by NFS’ single-stream processing, and an appliance based approach holds users hostage to the physical limitations of enclosures. With SDS HudsonAlpha was able to provide scale-out performance on any commodity, off-the-shelf platform.

If we had a new project come online and we needed another petabyte of storage, we could literally order a couple servers, put them online in a matter of minutes, and have that capacity available to the Quobyte file system,” explained Richard Johnson, systems architect, HudsonAlpha. “If we were dealing with storage appliances, those abilities would be a lot more constrained.

HudsonAlpha had another need that Quobyte is able to solve the ability to provide direct API-accessed information. This provided a real-time view of data and storage usage helping ensure the correct level of provisioning and chargeback for each of the organizations it serves.

With my background in 3D protein structure alignment it has been a real pleasure working through the evaluation process with HudsonAlpha,” said Björn Kolbeck, CEO, Quobyte. “To keep pace with the possibilities of genomic research you have to remove the data clogs from the system-that’s why we founded Quobyte, to rethink storage to enable it to handle these previously unimaginable volumes of data.

HudsonAlpha’s 4.5PB production system runs on a Quobyte clustered SDS system. It is made up of 26 storage nodes each with 22x16TB HDDs, 2x8TB SSDs, and a 1.6TB NVMe drive, and connected to the network with dual 100GbE ports.