Customer Success Story                                              Gaasterland Laboratory“The system is blazinglyfast. We...
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Gaasterland Laboratory Simplifies Genomics Research with Panasas

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The Gaasterland Laboratory of Computational Genomics at The Rockefeller University aims to create and use new software tools to explore the unfolding world of genomes. The tools are designed to integrate, analyze, and visualize the output of high-throughput molecular biology experiments in the context of complete genome sequence data. In an effort to apply new tools to specific biological questions in the most efficient way possible, a prerequisite is a high performance storage solution that is easy to access and manage.

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Gaasterland Laboratory Simplifies Genomics Research with Panasas

  1. 1. Customer Success Story Gaasterland Laboratory“The system is blazinglyfast. We’ve been able to Gaasterland Laboratoryeliminate our I/O bottleneck The Gaasterland Laboratory of Computational Genomics at The Rockefellerand thus carry out data University aims to create and use new software tools to explore the unfolding world of genomes. The tools are designed to integrate, analyze,analysis more quickly.” and visualize the output of high-throughput molecular biology experimentsTerry Gaasterland in the context of complete genome sequence data. In an effort to applyAssociate Professor ofThe Rockefeller University new tools to specific biological questions in the most efficient way possible, a prerequisite is a high performance storage solution that is easy to access and manage. The Challenge network storage solutions. Finally, the When the Gaasterland Laboratory system needed to be extremely reliable started in 1998, Dr. Terry Gaasterland, and available to an extended community Associate Professor of The Rockefeller outside the Lab. University, initially speculated that she would only need 500 GB of data The Solution capacity. However, as the files to be During the evaluation process, Dr.SUMMARY analyzed grew in number and size, she Gaasterland and her team entertainedIndustry: Life Sciences quickly realized that she needed far solutions from IBM, Sun and Apple, but the more storage. “Our data needs were Panasas® Storage system was selected huge,” said Dr. Gaasterland. “The data for its performance, reliability and easeTHE CHALLENGE sets were growing and changing all the of management. Having experience withExplosive data storage had caused time.” Not only were the number of data distributed file systems, Dr. GaasterlandI/O bottlenecks, increasing the timerequired to develop new software tools sets to test increasing, but as new tools knew that the Panasas Operatingused in molecular biology experiments. were developed, each tool would result Environment architecturally had theManaging the storage system had capability to solve all their problems. The in a new data set that needed to bebecome a huge administrative burdenand it was disrupting productivity, stored and accessed for comparison to multi-TB solution was deployed to interactincreasing analysis time and posing data the original. Data growth was explosive with Apple and Sun desktop workstations.availability problems. and managing these ever-changing data sets was an administration burden. “Panasas met all the requirements onTHE SOLUTION my checklist,” said Dr. Gaasterland. “EvenThe fully integrated software/hardware To attack this problem, Dr. Gaasterland though Panasas was relatively new, we feltsolution included the Panasas® set out to find a storage system to confident that they could provide not onlyOperating Environment and the PanFS™ achieve three key objectives. First, the the product but the support necessary toparallel file system with the PanasasDirectFLOW® protocol. system had to scale seamlessly without meet all our needs.” disruption to current users or mount points. Second, it needed to provide fast The ResultTHE RESULT data throughput in order to reduce the In the six months after moving into • Improved System Reliability time necessary to analyze data. Genomic production, the Panasas Storage system • Increased I/O Performance data analysis is I/O bound and the new was everything the team expected and • Exceptional Ease of management storage solution should eliminate the I/O more. “The system is blazingly fast,” bottleneck traditionally experienced with said Gaasterland. “We’ve been able 1-888-panasas www.panasas.com
  2. 2. Customer Success Story: Gaasterland Laboratoryto eliminate our I/O bottleneck and thus carry out dataanalysis more quickly.” The Panasas system is designed from “Our team doesn’t have to thinkthe ground up to deliver exceptional random I/O and dataaccess throughput. about it at all. We can focus our attention on biology researchFurther, the single seamless namespace and dynamic questions instead of systemsgrowth capabilities had a significant impact on the administration issues.”organization. “The product is ‘plug-and-play’ at all levels,”commented Gaasterland. “Our team doesn’t have to think Terry Gaasterland Associate Professor of The Rockefeller Universityabout it at all. We can focus our attention on biologyresearch questions instead of systems administrationissues.” With the Panasas Storage system, there isno reconfiguration required to expand data sets. Themanageability features enable the system to grow withouthaving to grow the overhead to support it.Finally, during a recent two-day power outage the system’sreliability was tested and proved to be more than capable.While other vendors’ systems failed to provide a gracefulshutdown to guarantee data integrity, the Panasas Storagesystem was the only storage system in the lab thatmaintained complete data integrity. “At the end of the day,data availability and integrity is essential to do our job,”Gaasterland said. “Panasas proved itself to be more thanreliable enough for our environment.”About PanasasPanasas, Inc., the leader in high-performance scale-out NAS storage solutions, enables enterprise customers to rapidly solvecomplex computing problems, speed innovation and bring new products to market faster. All Panasas solutions leverage thepatented PanFS™ storage operating system to deliver exceptional performance, scalability and manageability. PW-10-20600 | Phone: 1-888-PANASAS | www.panasas.com © 2010 Panasas Incorporated. All rights reserved. Panasas is a trademark of Panasas, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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