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France's Genethon Deploys Atempo's Digital Archive for Backup Storage


French research center Genethon recently deployed Atempo's file archiving system to store large quantities of high-resolution data files occupying its primary storage and to shorten backup windows caused by the clutter, Atempo said this week.

The company said that Genethon used its Atempo Digial Archive system to archive more than 50 percent of data that was previously stockpiled in its primary storage facilities, including imaging and DNA sequencing data. The migration to a secondary storage array freed up 1.5 terabytes of space and shortened backup windows by 40 percent, Atempo said.

"These results mean significantly improved performance on our tape-based backups, plus savings from reduced administration time and reduced tape supplies," said Tien-Dung Le Van, information technology manager for Genethon, in a statement.

Created by the French Muscular Dystrophy Association, Genethon aims to deliver gene therapies to patients with rare diseases, with an emphasis on neuromuscular diseases. The center's activities are funded primarily by donations from France's annual telethon.

Genethon currently houses more than 250 computers and PC notebooks and about twenty Windows and Linux servers. It has two storage arrays for research data, a Dell CX300 with an eight terabyte capacity and a disk array Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Series with a ten terabyte capacity. Data is backed up and stored on a Dell PowerVault tape library.

The center employs more than 200 scientists, physicians, engineers, and regulatory affairs specialists and estimates that its data volumes are growing at a rate of 30 percent to 40 percent per year.