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Isilon Nets New Life Sciences Customer for X-Series Storage System

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This week, Isilon announced that the Medical College of Wisconsin has selected the company's storage resource to support its next-generation DNA sequencing operations.

The company said the Human and Molecular Genetics Center at the college chose to consolidate its genomic data processing, analysis, and archiving onto Isilon's X-Series system.

The center aims to use genomic sequences to understand the genetic roots of disease and to translate that information from the bench to the bedside.

According to the company, the HMGC deployed its 36000X file system to replace its direct attached storage system, after it was deemed insufficient "to meet the performance and capacity demands of [the center's] next-generation sequencing workflow."

With the new system in place, the HMGC has been able to "accommodate a 10-fold increase" in genomic data, Isilon said.

MCW is the latest in a series of life sciences-based institutions that have opted to use Isilon's storage resource in recent months Others groups in that cadre include the Evolutionary Biology arm of the Max Planck Institute (BI 10/29/2010), which chose to store its project-related home directories, file shares, and scientific data on the storage resource; and the National Human Genome Research Institute, which uses the storage resource to house its next generation sequence data (BI 12/03/2010).

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