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India's NIBMG Taps DDN's Solutions to Support Oral Cancer Research


NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – DataDirect Networks said this week that India's National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) has deployed its block, file, and object storage solutions to support research efforts around oral cancer.

Specifically, NIBMG is using a platform that includes DDN's SFA high-performance storage, its massively scalable GRIDScaler parallel file system, and its WOS object storage platform, to better handle its next generation sequence data processing storing, collaboration, and recovery needs. The platform will support NIBMG efforts to sequence data from 500 oral cancer patients as part of its role in the International Cancer Genome Consortium.

"The main reason we chose DDN was the high performance throughput and the ability to scale up or out in order to have high performance storage and fast ingest and analysis in the same platform," Bikram Roy, a NIBMG systems analyst, said in a statement. "We felt that DDN was best suited to help us quickly and easily process a large amount of fixed, raw data to produce meaningful interpretations for further analysis of genetic mutations and cancer-causing changes in DNA. Dealing with thousands of very big files requires a huge processing pipeline, along with unprecedented IOPS and bandwidth performance, all of which DDN provides."

"By performing our computations on faster storage, we will be able to complete our research in much less time," Nidhan Biswas, a NIBMG fellow, added. "With slower storage, it might take up to a year to process our data but now we can complete it within three-to-four months, which enables us to translate results for broader research benefits much faster and more effectively."

Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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