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Ambry Genetics Taps Isilon Storage System to Hold Genomic Data

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EMC's Isilon said this week that Ambry Genetics has selected its scale-out network attached storage platform to support gene sequencing activities at its CLIA-certified clinical laboratory in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Isilon said that Ambry Genetics purchased its X-Series platform as well as SnapShotIQ, SmartConnect, and SmartQuotas software applications.

Ambry plans to use the new system to hold its sequencing data and to support bioinformatics capabilities for its clinical diagnostics and genomic services businesses.

Chris Medley, Ambry's director of information technology, said that the new system improves on an existing blade-based rack server, which couldn’t keep pace with the company's growing storage needs.

"We were adding more and more blades and filling up the rack fast, and it was clear what we had wasn't offering the scalability or performance we needed," he explained in a statement.

"We soon found we could leverage an Isilon system to handle our storage needs at a fraction of the cost, and that it will allow us to achieve some things, like data tiering, we couldn't have achieved before," Medley said.

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