Data is the Most Valuable Asset of the Digital Economy — Better Protect it with Xcellis Scale-out NAS
The quote “Data is to this century what oil was to the last” is one that profoundly resonates with me. In the early 20th century, it was oil that powered the new machines that reshaped both the world economy and political landscape. Fast-forward to the second decade of the 21st century, and the parallels are readily apparent – data is changing how we work, how we live, and just as importantly, the kinds of products and services organizations we are now bringing to market.
Rapid advances in laboratory instruments are redefining IT requirements for life science organizations. To more quickly and completely analyze the tremendous volumes of data produced by next-generation sequencing (NGS) and cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) instruments, organizations are increasingly investing in additional super computing resources to crunch the larger data sets these instruments are generating on a daily basis.
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.