Scalable Storage Simplicity to Aid Genomic and Microscopy Breakthroughs

Support hundreds of sequencers simultaneously, save time through parallel file access, and keep proprietary research data safe. Scale out your Bio IT storage performance and capacity when needed. Benefit from a combination of fast flash storage and large-scale economical long-term storage on HDD.

Solution Brief

Get the answer on how to utilize your infrastructure more effectively in light of shrinking or frozen IT budgets. Stay ahead of the game and reduce the time required for backtesting iterations.

Capture, Save, Process, and Share

Next-Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) and modern microscopes have benefited greatly from technological advances in the last decade. Sequencer performance significantly drove down the cost per base pair and today’s automated imaging microscopes replaced the optical and manually operated microscopes with the help of Automated Tissue Processors (ATP) that slice and mount specimens.

This progression brought with it a tremendous decrease in the unit cost per test. But the millions of FASTQ files need high-IOPS during sequence alignment runs (BLAST, Bowtie, MAQ). And high-res microscopy images have become truly massive. Consequently, storage admins in Bio IT are facing an explosion in the performance and capacity requirements to support modern research centers.

Unified storage for an optimized post-production workflow

Save Valuable Time on Tasks

A Quobyte cluster supports hundreds of sequencers simultaneously and handles billions of base pairs per hour. As processing of these files moves to the IO-intensive alignment phase, our parallel file access cuts down the duration of this long-running task. And should you need to run Big Data analytics, our storage system offers a Hadoop driver.

Universal Access to Your Data

Our native Windows client delivers the throughput you need for your genome sequencing and microscope workloads. Connect your Windows, Mac or Linux workstations and directly access the very same files. No migration, no duplication, no data movement required. Transparently migrate older files to an erasure coded volume to save space. Or serve them up for shared research and analytics via our stateless S3 proxy – which delivers unrivaled throughput and linear scalibility.

Full Device-Level Control

Need to keep your proprietary research isolated? Specify exactly which hardware is accessible, and by whom – all the way down to the individual drive. Quobyte’s full support for multi-tenancy gives administrators total control over where the data resides. And with on-the-fly reconfigurability changes take only minutes, with zero downtime.


Microscopy in Biomedical Research – Discover life-changing answers faster

Flooded with Massive Amounts of Image Data

Modern microscopy makes use of a long list of microscopes: scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopes, confocal microscopes, or the optical microscopes in virtual microscopy. They all have one thing in common: they produce a massive image data stream. Add multichannel, 3-D, and time-lapse into the mix and managing the data sets results in serious issues for your storage infrastructure.

Traditional Storage Fails to Keep Up

More efficient solutions for data storage and processing are required. Storage needs to fulfill two things essentially: for one, it must deliver fast access to the data in order to run Big Data experiments and analyses. For another, the data needs to be archived – safely and efficiently.

Traditional storage solutions were built using proprietary hardware setups and custom firmware. Without considerable storage expertise these infrastructures were hard to install, manage, maintain, and extend.

Software Storage Masters Microscopy Workflow

By contrast, Quobyte’s software storage system is hardware-independent, easy to set up and scale out. It delivers the throughput and low latency that Big Data and image analyses require and ensures the integrity of your valuable image data. What’s more, thanks to smart replication and Erasure Coding, your data archive consumes a lot less space as compared to conventional solutions.

Quobyte supercharges your microscopy workflow: ingest, process, analyze, and publish your data utilizing unified storage. Benefit from rich metadata search and our policy-based data migration to drive up your operational efficiency and get results faster.

Advanced software storage that masters the data explosion in Life Sciences and Bio IT workloads

Challenges for your storage infrastructure

  • Proliferation of faster, less expensive Next-Generation Sequencing systems
  • Increased sequencing runs to maximize Phred scores
  • Automated microscopes producing huge image files
  • Tightening regulatory compliance and security requirements

Quobyte features

  • Parallel I/O delivers unrivaled throughput
  • Linearly and seamlessly scales perfomance and capacity
  • “Lights-out” data center resiliency; self-healing
  • Automatic tiering for space-efficient storage
  • Erasure coding option, perfect for archival and sequential workloads
  • Device-level security and isolation

Fast and Reliable Data Access

Delivering hyper-performance storage while maintaining data availability despite disk or network failures takes a holistic design approach. Customers can trust Quobyte storage because it was built to handle real-world failures and still remain operational.

True end-to-end checksums of every data block assures data integrity. Ultra-low latency and fast metadata operations keep up with the toughest small-file workloads. Hardware monitoring will offline an errant disk before it causes corruption, and self-healing heuristics route around node failures.

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Highly Accessible Storage for Scientific Research Wordkloads

Optimized to your needs and environment. Quobyte’s software storage delivers the necessary operational ease and offers full flexibility.

  • Near-perfect linear scaling
  • POSIX file system for seamless integration
  • Simultaneous access from all kinds of workstations
  • Hadoop, Docker, and OpenStack support
  • 1000+ node scalability

Built for the Future

Yesterday’s inflexible data center design is quickly giving way to tomorrow’s highly responsive containerized world. With Quobyte, your storage will be ready. Our software provides persistent container storage, it can even be run inside of containers. Combine that with Kubernetes support and a powerful RESTful API and you’ve got an ultra-responsive solution for rapidly fluctuating workloads. Quobyte also supports OpenStack’s Cinder, Glance, Manila, and S3 interfaces, and is also compatible with Hadoop.

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