I recently found myself in need of a new vehicle. It wasn’t necessarily because my old one was breaking down or in bad shape. My situation had simply changed over time such that the car I now have no longer meets my needs. In my case, I needed more room for a growing family and wanted better gas mileage. Unfortunately, the car wasn’t designed to easily or inexpensively make those improvements. It also started to cost me a lot more to maintain. This got me thinking about the similarities with legacy scale-out NAS solutions.
Today, we announced our brand new Xcellis® Scale-out NAS, the industry’s first workflow storage appliance to provide the management capabilities and robust features of enterprise scale-out NAS with the cost-effective scaling organizations need to address modern data growth.
You may have heard of “High Value Workloads,” but wondered what that actually means. Simply put, they are environments where the data is either being used for strategic decision making for the company on a consistent basis, or, as is often the case, data IS the product itself.
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.
Today, researchers across scientific disciplines are benefiting from technology innovations in both software and hardware. Think: High performance computing and compute acceleration technologies like GPU. Unmanned drones and robots that enable scientists to go places humans cannot go—in space, on land, and at sea. Ultra high-definition 4K and 8K video formats. Advanced sensors that collect infrared, ultraviolet, microwave, and radar data. And analytics that make it easier to make sense out of all this data.
Bioinformaticians are in demand today. With advances in biotech, next-generation sequencing, and software analytics, there is tremendous opportunity for bioinformaticians who have combined expertise in biology, statistics, and computational analysis.
I don’t mind admitting that I don’t have deep expertise in genomics. But I do have a passion for learning—and in fact, I’d wager that any successful career in genomics demands a similar passion for keeping up with cutting-edge advancements in the field. Genomics industry events give Quantum an opportunity to connect with both the researchers moving the field forward and the people responsible for making sure the underlying technology is ready to support innovation. That’s why we’re excited Frontline Genomics has launched a relatively new series of events called the Festival of Genomics.
As the promise of genomics starts to pay off in the form of better care and innovative treatment, how will the underlying compute infrastructure that powers bioinformatics—the analysis and interpretation of genomics data—change?
Branded video content is all the rage– and for good reason. Already accounting for over half of consumer internet traffic, video will be over 80% of the internet as we know it by 2019. Study after study has confirmed that video is undoubtedly the most powerful medium to connect with customers, employees, and investors (a.k.a. everyone who’s anyone to a business). What’s more, as the Association of National Advertisers report on the rise of the in-house agency observed, companies are increasingly bringing creative work, including video production, in-house. Some of the most progressive brands, like Red Bull and Marriott, run full-blown corporate studios. This trend is expected to continue, as marketing leaders cite several factors for the shift; most notably, speed of project turnaround and a desire to own engagement and conversion data surrounding branded video content. So, in essence: content is king, video content is everything, and leading brands who get this are taking video content management inside.
The Content and Communications World show at NY’s Jacob Javitts convention center next week has grown since the early days when SATCON was held at the Hilton. The event now boasts of 7000 attendees and the number of exhibitors have tripled to 300 in the past 10 years.
The demands of media delivery have evolved drastically over recent years, with more and more organizations producing often large volumes of video content for a range of uses. As that media landscape evolves, so too must the enabling tools, such as the MAM systems. Naturally with increasing numbers of media files being created, effective storage solutions are becoming increasingly important. Quantum StorNext provides great flexibility and performance for media workflows. By integrating Cantemo Portal with StorNext, our users can automate migration of content based on policies to more cost-effective long-term storage within Quantum.
The challenge with data in life sciences today? Managing the sheer volume of it. The first genome took 15 years and 4 billion dollars to sequence. Today’s next-gen sequencers can sequence in days for less than $1,000. More genomes are being sequenced, which means more data is being analyzed—and it all has to be stored somewhere. In fact, Public Library of Science (PLOS) estimates that genomic data could soon surpass YouTube as the biggest generator of data. It’s clear that life sciences teams have their work cut out for them. However, the storage challenge goes beyond managing a flood of data. Teams of scientists often need to work on the same data at the same time, even if collaborators are in a lab half a world away. When these researchers access large genome data sets or high-res medical images, they need fast access. And research takes time—some research studies can last for decades. Data generated during the beginning of the study needs to remain accessible over the lifespan of the entire project. To scientists, it not just data. It’s their life’s work. It’s work that is building a better future.