I ’m resting up for next week. Plenty of water, exercise, and 8 hours of sleep a night. If I don’t, my brain won’t be ready to process the wealth of important conversations that start Tuesday, April 5—it’s time for Bio-IT World 2016.

The annual conference hosted by Bio-IT World is an important event for the genomics researchers and bioinformaticians whose work pushes the limits of cutting-edge research infrastructure. Our team of multi-tier storage experts will be at booth #557, although I’ll be spending most of my time in a Bio-IT boot camp of sorts—I can’t miss the opportunity to absorb as many sessions as possible. It’s a rare opportunity to hear from both the thought leaders that innovate in biosciences and the technical experts that figure out exactly how IT can keep up with the incredible pace of innovation in life sciences. Chris Dagdigian from BioTeam. The Broad Institute. The Jackson Laboratory.

As far as what I’ll be listening for? That’s easy—data. More specifically, how can the industry manage to scale storage to manage the massive data growth that comes with new sequencing and analysis technologies?

It’s a familiar drum beat, but more relevant today than ever—a recent article in Genome Biology makes it clear that innovations in sequencing present challenges for the industry at large—particularly when it comes to scaling compute, storage, and analysis.

Multi-tier storage and object storage help infrastructure keep pace with sequencing science, so I’ll definitely be listening for how these and other storage technologies stand to impact the industry in coming years.

Quantum to Showcase Storage for Life Sciences Workflows at Bio-IT World Expo 2016

If you’re at the event, look for me in Data & Storage Management and Data Computing tracks. Or stop by booth #557 to talk to the Quantum team of storage experts: Claire, Keit, Kelly, Mike and Matt will all be on hand to hear about your data management challenges and enter you to win a 4k GoPro camera.

At Bio-IT World, we’re excited to be showcasing how StorNext multi-tier storage can improve workflows. Read our announcement to learn more about how leading researchers in genomics, bioinformatics, medical imaging, and cancer research are managing their data with StorNext.

Now onto my can’t-miss items!

Here are 5 things I’ve noted as can’t miss

1. HPC Trends in the Trenches 2016

OK, the first one is a no-brainer. Chris Dagdigian, Co-founder and Principal Consultant at BioTeam presents his annual assessment of life sciences infrastructure—and no one will want to miss it. The data storage piece of the HPC puzzle always looms large in Chris’s presentations, so I’m eager to hear his take this year. At Bio-IT World 2015, he covered multi-tier storage and object storage, offering the opinion that multiple storage tiers aren’t a nice-to-have—they’re a requirement since single tier just doesn’t offer the flexibility to cost-effectively manage life sciences data for the long term. Without a doubt, it will be interesting to see how his view has evolved over the past year.

2. Cover Your Bases: 7 Ways Genomics Workflows Can Benefit From Multi-Tier Storage

A little self-promotion is in order for the second session on my list, but only because it dovetails so nicely with how Chris Dagdigian has approached the problem of managing rapidly growing amounts of genomics data.

Claire Giordano, senior director of emerging storage markets from Quantum (and my boss!), will explore how multi-tier storage (including object storage) can help genomics researchers accelerate time to discovery—first and foremost by improving collaboration and enabling a strategy for long-term genomic data retention and reuse of genomic data.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hear more from Claire—she’s the chairperson for the Data Workflows and Pipelines portion of the Data Computing track on Wednesday, so please say hello between sessions.

3. Grabbing a Great Meal in Boston with the Quantum Team

Conferences usually mean getting to know the event center intimately, but aren’t so great for exploring a city. Besides, our small team is going to be busy next week—what better way to decompress than over a great meal? I may not get to know Boston, but I’ll definitely get to know it’s cuisine at our team dinner at Sportello. Dibs on the cavatelli or rigatoni!

4. Advancing Translational R&D: Clinical Image Management

As research continues to extend beyond the lab into clinical environments, it’s important to remember that technologies like medical imaging are also advancing and creating data management challenges. This session from Bristol-Myers Squibb promises to connect the dots to show how critical medical images are to decision-making in today’s drug development workflows. As resolution increases, file size balloons, with industry assessments predicting petabyte-scale image archives as commonplace by 2019. I’m looking forward to hearing how an organization like Bristol-Myers Squibb manages, moves, and provides access to vast amounts of imaging data—and how multi-tier storage can impact imaging environments.

5. Deciphering the Genome: Community Driven Approaches

This keynote session Tuesday evening from Heidi L. Rehm stands to kick off the event at a series of crossroads. The intersection of community and research, the intersection of lab work and practical applications of genomics learnings, and the intersection of individual discovery and international standards for collaboration and data sharing could all come into play. I’m particularly interested to hear how multi-tier storage can solve some of the data access and collaboration questions raised by the keynote.

Learn More about Multi-Tier Storage for Genomics Workflows

If you’re at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, April 5-7, visit booth #557—the Quantum team would love to talk to you about how you manage scientific data. And if you’re not at Bio-IT World this year, you can find out more online about our multi-tier storage infrastructure for genomics and proteomics as well as scientific research.

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