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This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005 issue of Exploring the most innovative midrange systems
Bioinformatics researchers generate a lot of data, especially those involved with some of the newer "-omics," says Dustin Machi, computational facility manager at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech. "Genomics has been out there for a long time and [researchers] might generate megabytes per day. But new fields like proteomics and metabolomics generate gigabytes and gigabytes per day," he says. VBI researchers used to store those gigabyte-sized--and in extreme cases, terabyte-sized--data sets on IBM's Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) or "Shark" storage, but Machi and his colleagues are actively encouraging researchers to tap into VBI's new storage resources like iSCSI arrays from Rackable Systems. Thus far, VBI has deployed approximately 12TB of raw capacity across Rackable S3009 and S3016 arrays, which run iSCSI target software from Wasabi Systems. VBI plans to add many more terabytes of iSCSI storage arrays over the next couple of months. It shouldn't be too hard to convince researchers to use the iSCSI disk. While researchers pay ... Access >>>
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