• UNIVERSITY’S CONVERGED
      IRODS SOLUTION SAVES TIME,
      MONEY AND SPACE

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

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Industry: Academic Research
 
WHITEPAPER
WOS for Research: Utilizing iRODS to Manage Collaborative Research

The University of Florida’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) offers access to cutting-edge technologies designed to enable university faculty, staff and students, as well as research and commercial partners worldwide with the tools and resources needed to advance scientific research. The center provides more than 400 services, ranging from custom and high-throughput DNA sequencing to electron microscopy and antibody development and production.

Founded in 1987, ICBR has a rich history of helping life science researchers focus on research without being burdened with developing and maintaining the infrastructure and expertise to support ever-changing technologies. As part of its mission, the center champions the growth and development of research while jump-starting technology transfer to accelerate molecular biology research from the lab to the marketplace. Over the years, ICBR projects have ranged from the discovery of new cultivars of plants, mapping the genome of ants, tracing DNA of people across continents as well as developing cures for rare and cancerous diseases.

 



CHALLENGES

  • Inability to accommodate rapid data growth as the Center adds more and more data generation load with every new high-speed device investment, including next generation sequencers and Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) instruments
  • Receiving a surge of Big Data from volumes of data generated stored, shared and archived
  • Facing a variety of logistical issues, including lengthy setup times and cross-vendor integration problems, which were exacerbated by limited staff resources
  • Hitting the limits of the data center’s space, power, and cooling

SOLUTION

  • DDN’s SFA high-performance converged infrastructure with embedded GRIDScaler® and iRODS™ technology

BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • Ability to focus on core scientific tasks, rather than multiple storage environments’ administration
  • Increased freedom to interact more freely with research data
  • Customizable architecture for analyzing large collections of distributed data
  • Lower management overhead

TECHNICAL BENEFITS

  • Seamlessly scalable solution from 180TB of raw storage to multiple petabytes
  • iDrop (file repository) alleviates security concerns over the use of privileged resources
  • Increased performance with a smaller footprint, fewer hardware costs, and lower latency