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Virginia Tech Taps DataDirect Networks’ Platform to Manage Research Data at VBI


Virginia Tech has selected DataDirect Networks storage infrastructure to support research efforts at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and in other areas at the university.

Researchers at VBI are using DDN’s Storage Fusion Architecture 10000 data management platform to investigate the role genetics plays in cancer as well as in efforts to model and understand how diseases spread through a population and what mechanisms can be used to limit the spread of disease.

The SFA10000 delivers bandwidth of up to 10 gigabases for both reads and writes, as well as up to a million random input/output operations per second to cache and 300,000 random IOPS to disk. The tool’s multi-RAID architecture combines up to 1,200 SATA, SAS, and SSD disks into a multi-petabyte architecture.

Paul Bloch, president of DDN, said his firm’s platform would ensure that Virginia Tech's researchers have “access to all their files and applications, regardless of size or performance requirements.”

"DDN's technology stood out from other storage options for a lot of reasons,” said Kevin Shinpaugh, director of high-performance computing and information technology services at VBI. He cited the platform’s scalability, low cost of ownership, as well as “its ability to handle orthogonally divergent computing tasks, such as managing both home files and scratch files, with no performance trade-offs" as key motives for its selection.

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