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Isilon Signs NCGR Partnership; Posts 46 Percent Surge in Q1 Revenues


Isilon announced this week that National Center for Genome Resources is deploying Isilon IQ storage for second-generation sequencing data.

The company said that NCGR is combining Isilon's X-Series and Backup Accelerator with CommVault's Simpana backup software to link eight Illumina Genome Analyzers into a central storage resource. The output from the sequencers will be handled in Isilon's proprietary single file system.

"Rapidly increasing demand for our genome research services and the imminent arrival of third-generation genome sequencing technologies are quadrupling the size of our sequencing capacity, creating a huge influx of valuable genomic data that our previous storage system simply couldn't handle," John Utsey, deputy director of IT at NCGR, said in a statement.

Utsey added that the Isilon system is scalable, meets NCGR's usability requirements, and will help the non-profit research institute increase productivity and lower operating costs.

This week Isilon also posted its financial results for three months ended March 31, 2010. Revenue for the quarter soared 46 percent to $39.3 million from $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2009.

The firm did not break down its revenues by vertical market. Besides its life sciences activities, Isilon is active in the media and entertainment sector, design and simulation, Web 2.0 firms, oil and gas companies, and governmental agencies.

In its most recent annual report, Isilon said it has a total of 1,200 customers across all sectors and said that life sciences is among its "high growth, data intensive markets," largely due to the data-storage requirements associated with second-generation sequencing technologies.

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