Face Data Challenges of Life Science Organizations With Next-Generation Hitachi Unified Storage -- Solution Profile


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Hitachi Unified Storage 100 family drives efficiency at reduced costs and improves the discovery-to-market cycle for life sciences organizations. For more information on Hitachi Unified Storage and Hitachi NAS Platform 4000 series please visit: http://www.hds.com/products/file-and-content/network-attached-storage/?WT.ac=us_mg_pro_hnasp

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Face Data Challenges of Life Science Organizations With Next-Generation Hitachi Unified Storage -- Solution Profile

  1. 1. Spend Less Time Managing Your Storage and More Time Solving Scientific and Business Challenges The challenges facing life science organizations range from explosive data growth and skyrocketing costs to an increasingly complex research and development cycle. All have created unprecedented demands on IT infrastructures. As a result, these organizations can no longer afford to ignore the cost of storage ownership in their quest for successful but cost-effective discovery- to-market strategies. Face Data Challenges of Life Science Organizations With Next-Generation Hitachi Unified Storage SOLUTIONPROFILE Life science organizations face a mounting data challenge that is driving up complexity and costs. The growing utilization of sequencing technologies that produce massive amounts of data is only part of the challenge. Data requirements for successful compound discovery, clinical trials and new drug applications are driving a steady increase in the volume of scientific data that is being generated and utilized for analysis and interpretation. And finally, pre- vailing wisdom indicates the more data you have, the more likely you are to be able to extract something useful out of it; therefore, data-intensive life science organizations often take the safer route of simply storing all of it. At the same time, these research-based organizations are under constant pressure to find efficiencies and cost savings that will support their competitive and business goals. It is these challenges that are forcing most of today’s life science organizations to re-evaluate their data management infrastructures to determine how they can drive scientific and business innovation.
  2. 2. SOLUTION PROFILE IT budgets for the typical life science organization are estimated to consume nearly 15% of the total research and development expenditure. This high level of investment, while perhaps essential, does not always move the organization closer to its core mission of drug discovery and development. At the Center of the Life Sciences Data Challenge Advances in sequencing technologies are presenting IT professionals with a number of challenges related to storing, managing and providing access to scientific and business data. With a wide and growing availability of IT applications generating record levels of scientifically relevant data, research- driven organizations are facing data that is increasing both in complexity and volume. This exponential growth curve is expected to continue; in fact, genomic data alone is doubling every 12 months. In addition to this, there is a wealth of available “big genom- ics” databases and networks, available at low cost or even no cost. From a scientific perspective, this creates huge opportunities for new compound delivery; however, it also creates enormous challenges related to the efficient and cost-effective management of this trove of data. Data retention is also at the center of the data challenge. Official retention policies vary from a few years to 15 years or more. In the life science industry, however, per- haps more than anywhere else, data is considered the most valuable of assets. It is considered part of the data manage- ment infrastructure, forever. Maintaining the health of the business as well as the health and well-being of patients depends on the integrity of data. New drug registration and marketing approval is based on the data that is provided to the health authorities. The adequacy and the quality of consumer products are supported by the documen- tation produced and retained. And finally, there is no way to estimate what data will be valuable when, so retaining everything, potentially forever, has become a scientific and business necessity. The Next Generation of Hitachi Unified Storage Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 100 family and NAS gateway technology create a new unified midrange storage platform for all data. Built with trusted Hitachi reli- ability, this family helps research-based IT organizations implement a centralized yet scalable infrastructure in an environment characterized by explosive data growth, high-performance applications and new data retention strategies. Hitachi has combined our leading block technology with the storage technology from BlueArc to deliver unified storage that will meet high-level performance metrics. These may include increased retrieval speed rates, reduced support and facil- ity costs, and improved scalability and organizational flexibility. Life science IT organizations will be able to deploy a stor- age infrastructure strategy that will easily grow to meet expanding requirements and ensure service level agreements for critical scientific and business applications are met. At the same time, they can reduce the environmental complexity with an intuitive centralized management system. The evolution of sequencing technologies and the availability of a growing amount of genomics-based research data are not the sole drivers of change in life science IT organizations. Costs have become an important driver as research and devel- opment investment levels spiral out of control. Successful delivery of a consum- able product may represent more than a decade of research and development and a billion dollars of investment. Thus, orga- nizations are looking at their IT strategy as one way to reduce costs and maintain profits, while also playing an integral part in optimizing research and development cycles. These new business realities require a new method of IT prioritization focused on reducing costs while improving efficiencies and outcomes.
  3. 3. Best-in-Class Performance and Scalability In the life sciences domain, rapid advance- ment in next-generation sequencing instruments, imaging systems, simulations and discovery-to-market processes are generating vast data sets. These data sets need to be analyzed effectively to create new knowledge. Identifying critical inter- actions between many variables is a key problem in many applications. At the same time, this can be paralyzing to both data storage and processing. The newest in the Hitachi Unified Storage 100 family and NAS gateway technology offers the highest in availability and perfor- mance, so you can meet service levels with less risk. HUS 100 family consolidates both file and block data. It scales up capacity, performance and connectivity, and mini- mizes copies, reduces size and provides business-view reporting. The next gener- ation in Hitachi Unified Storage delivers 4 times the capacity scalability and up to 50% more IOPS performance. These improve- ments enable organizations struggling with data growth challenges to grow block vol- umes and file systems dynamically, without concerns to size limits. The next generation in unified storage also delivers up to 90% more efficiency with fewer disks and accel- erated flash-based performance, which is ideal for most data heavy environments. With the highest reliability, HUS 100 family ensures data is tamperproof, offers remote management, updates without interrup- tion, and provides dynamic load balancing controllers. The business results include 99.999% availability, increased useful life of assets, data migration without impact, and protection and security for your most valu- able research and business data. For life science organizations, the benefits of Hitachi Unified Storage 100 family can become part of a performance and effi- ciency strategy. This strategy is enabled by a unified data management technology that grows with your business and scien- tific needs. It offers more usable capacity, which allows you to defer additional pur- chases, and will quickly share scientific and business data among departments and researchers. www.hds.com/innovate Innovation is the engine of change, and information is its fuel. Innovate intelligently to lead your market, grow your company, and change the world. Manage your information with Hitachi Data Systems. Reduce the Cost of the Discovery-to-Market Process: Begin in IT Life science organizations face extreme revenue pressure from the combined impact of long research and development cycles and growing competitive landscape. At the same time, their pipeline for new blockbuster products looks uncertain. Furthermore, the costs and risks to dis- covering new drugs are growing, driven by increasingly complex and costly regulatory approval processes and by a need to invest in more complicated targets and therapies. The average cost to market is US$1 bil- lion, and growing, and development cycle averages 12 to 15 years. As a result, the life science industry is rethinking many traditional business practices, including IT strategies, as a way to reduce total costs. The next-generation Hitachi Unified Storage 100 family and NAS gateway technology enable extensive cost savings through file and block consolidation. With accel- erated deduplication, the next-generation HUS delivers up to 90% more capacity, which, in turn, can defer or reduce future storage purchases. With its single com- mand module, HUS 100 family is simpler to manage and requires less training. It is designed to offer low-cost installation, automated operations and high-density packaging, which result in reduced admin- istration requirements and a lower cost of operation. For the life sciences data center, a unified storage strategy means less physi- cal floor space with reduced energy per unit of storage to sustain.
  4. 4. © Hitachi Data Systems Corporation 2013. All rights reserved. HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. Innovate With Information is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Notice: This document is for informational purposes only, and does not set forth any warranty, expressed or implied, concerning any equipment or service offered or to be offered by Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. SP-104-B DG July 2013 Corporate Headquarters 2845 Lafayette Street Santa Clara, CA 96050-2639 USA www.HDS.com Regional Contact Information Americas: +1 408 970 1000 or info@hds.com Europe, Middle East and Africa: +44 (0) 1753 618000 or info.emea@hds.com Asia Pacific: +852 3189 7900 or hds.marketing.apac@hds.com Improve Return on Investment and Time to Market With Cloud Computing The cloud brings speed and instant avail- ability of resources, and it is rapidly growing in importance as life science organizations face an increasing deluge of data. Limited funding and budgets make it difficult for many organizations to build the infrastruc- ture necessary to keep pace with these challenges. Cloud computing is becoming more compelling for life sciences today to meet challenges associated with regulatory compliance, IT agility and business and scientific innovation. As a result, adoption is now trending upwards as a method of improving scientific outcomes at the lowest possible cost. While still in the early adoption stage, life science organizations are quickly realizing that there are many benefits to embrac- ing this new technology paradigm. These benefits may include enhanced scalability and agility, improved IT economics and data security, and a heightened ability to respond to diverse business requirements and implement services that support the business and scientific needs of the organization. Hitachi Unified Storage 100 family supports a cloud architecture from edge to core with a common management interface into all storage. It provides the performance and capacity scalability, as well as higher data efficiency required to build a cloud environ- ment that can address service level needs at a pace that makes sense to your orga- nization. HUS 100 family lets you design an integrated infrastructure that is secure, reliable, scalable and agile to support your application storage services. Reporting tools help you keep on top of performance and utilization to meet service level agree- ments. Unifying block and file centralize your management and consolidate plat- forms in your storage architecture. Connect local and central sites and secure privacy among your staff or data sources. A unified data management strategy is a key component to supporting research and commercialization success while maximiz- ing the productivity of both IT and research resources. The benefits that can be deliv- ered from a unified architecture include: ■■ Increased performance metrics, includ- ing up to 20% more throughput and improved retrieval speed rates. ■■ Improved scalability of converged infra- structure components, which gives you the flexibility to meet current requirements and prepare for future needs. ■■ Advanced management, which lets you deliver storage service levels when, where and how you need them. ■■ Reduced business and research risk thanks to minimized downtime. ■■ Support for you to build a cloud envi- ronment at your own pace that best addresses your needs and protects your existing investments. ■■ Deep integration across Hitachi Command Suite for the highest level of operational efficiency. For More Information To learn more about how Hitachi Unified Storage 100 family can help you spend less time managing your storage and more time solving scientific and business challenges, please contact your Hitachi Data Systems representative or visit www.HDS.com.