Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Selects DataDirect Networks to Help Accelerate Genetics Research

Renowned Genome Research Institute Welcomes New Illumina Gene Sequencers with Scalable, High-Performance Storage

CHATSWORTH, CA — (March 16, 2011) — DataDirect Networks (DDN), a leading data infrastructure provider for the world’s most scalable, content-intensive enterprises, today announced that the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a charitably funded genomic research center in Hinxton, U.K., selected DDN technology to help power its groundbreaking genetics research.

“We are very pleased to work with DDN on a solution that reduces the complexity of our storage environment and accelerates our research efforts,” said Phil Butcher, Head IT, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. “Our DDN storage solution is helping our organization meet its challenging research objectives.”

The Wellcome Trust Sanger UK10K project, which aims to sequence the DNA of 10,000 individuals, will use the award-winning DDN SFA10000 storage platform powering a DDN ExaScaler parallel file system. This DDN solution is uniquely suited to scale-out performance to meet the challenges of sequence alignment and bioinformatics processing, while also scaling-up to cost- and space-efficiently manage petabytes of genomic research data.

The DDN solution will also support the arrival of next-generation Illumina gene sequencing systems at The Wellcome Trust Sanger.

“To keep up with demanding research initiatives, life sciences organizations need highly scalable performance and capacity from their IT infrastructure,” said Paul Bloch, DDN President and co-founder. “DDN is very pleased to maintain a long-term relationship with such a prestigious research organization as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Our scalable data infrastructure lets customers focus on their research efforts and not worry about their research infrastructure.”

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is best known for its contribution to the human genome project, decoding more than one-third of the human genome and producing nearly 1 billion bases of DNA sequence. They have focused on areas such as bioinformatics and human genetics to help advance efforts to help scientists tackle cancer and neurological diseases.

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