ST. LOUIS, Mo.--With a recent upgrade of its enterprise network, North America's fastest sequencing center just got faster. Kelly Carpenter, systems manager at the Washington University Medical Center Genome Sequencing Center here, said the high-performance multilayer switching capabilities installed in the center's four Cisco Cata lyst 5500's have dramatically increased the facility's efficiency. Carpenter spoke with BioInform about the network upgrade and his decision to trade in another manufacturer's system for Cisco hardware.

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