Wellcome Trust deploys Nexsan to protect research data

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which undertakes research into the genetic basis of common diseases, has deployed two Nexan 21TB SATABeasts, high-capacity storage system to prevent data loss.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which undertakes research into the genetic basis of common diseases, has deployed two Nexsan 21TB SATABeasts, high-capacity storage system to prevent data loss.

The decoding of the human genome has opened up a world of possibilities that have transformed scientific research in a way that could not have been contemplated a few short years ago. SATABeast is being deployed as part of the research organisation's insurance policy to protect its valuable research.

Tim Bardsley, Wellcome Trust IT manager, said, "Our expanding research programmes and increasing data are forcing an exponential growth in our data storage requirements, a phenomenon seen right across the scientific research industry."

Keeping research data safe is critical. "We have research programmes that have been running now for three years or more. Raw data is our lifeblood, and that is why it is safeguarded so well," Bardsley said.

The Nexan products have been deployed to provide researchers with online Direct Attached Storage, which is directly attached to Wellcome Trust server. This feeds into a fibre channel switch for distribution to other servers. "That has increased our overall data capacity to 42 terabytes - and we are using around 30 terabytes of that already" Bardsley said.

The SATABeast provides both Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity, It runs Nexsan's AutoMAID energy-saving technology, which Nexan said places the disk drives in an idle state, reducing power consumption and operational costs.

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