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Viaken, EMC, Exodus Form Data Storage Partnership

NEW YORK, March 14 – Application service provider Viaken said Wednesday it had agreed to use EMC as its information storage provider as part of an effort to expand the storage facilities for its growing customer base.

As part of the deal, Viaken of Gaithersburg, Md., also expanded its relationship with Internet hosting company Exodus Communications, which will house the increased volumes of data.

In exchange for Viaken’s commitment, EMC and Exodus provided the financing for the deal.

“EMC and Exodus together formed a joint financial package,” Keith Elliston, CEO of Viaken, told GenomeWeb. “Exodus and EMC have combined forces to provide us with the technologies to serve our customers more efficiently and effectively and with less risk.”

Elliston said that the new storage area networks EMC was providing Viaken would allow the company to store up to 100 terabytes worth of data for multiple customers.

“Storage area networks allow you to manage storage separately from your server,” he said.

So far, Viaken has deployed eight terabytes worth of storage for its customers, which consist of three biotech companies, one genomics company, and one life sciences company. Elliston said he could not disclose his customers’ names, but noted that he expected to close another deal soon.

Viaken’s business model is based on the belief that pharmaceutical and other life science companies will eventually outsource most of their IT needs.

Unlike other genomics-related Internet hubs, including those offered by DoubleTwist, Compugen, and eBioinformatics, Viaken does not develop proprietary software or content. Instead, the company resells and hosts software applications.


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