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"We don't want to install something that we can't keep adding to and footprint is important," he said.
The institute generates at least half a terabyte of data a month in its efforts to map the human genome in aid of medical research.
At the heart of its storage strategy, the institute uses Compaq enterprise server clusters linked to a storage area network with back-up provided by StorageTek tape libraries.
Stamford said good management is a critical part of the storage strategy.