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(Video) Powered by Seagate: The Cray Sonexion Storage Solution Arrives at KAUST

Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a public research university based in Saudi Arabia, uses the Cray Sonexion storage solution as part of its high performance computing and computational research aimed at solving the world’s biggest water, food, energy and environmental challenges. With the Cray Sonexion 2000 system, KAUST gains a scalable platform with the performance capabilities and useable capacity necessary to support its large array of research applications.

In this video Mootaz Elnozahy, Dean of Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering at KAUST discusses the arrival of Shaheen II.

Seagate’s ClusterStor Engineered Solution for Lustre is part of the Cray Sonexion 2000 system used at KAUST and at other customer sites

Click here to learn more about Seagate’s ClusterStor high performance parallel file systems.

Built for purpose, more or less

All appliances are not created equal. This is no surprise but what is surprising is how very different appliances can be—even when they are in the category of “purpose built backup and recovery appliances.”

The ‘purpose built” category covers appliances that are developed from enclosures from one manufacturer, backup and recovery software from another vendor, with components that come from the supplier du jour. Sure, the finished product has been built to provide backup and recovery, but what if something breaks? You, as a customer may find yourself waiting while the manufacturer whose name is on the box circles around with the various companies that provided the parts, before you get the solution backup and running.

It makes sense to consider an alternative.

What if you could buy a purpose built appliance engineered from the inside out by a single company? Such an appliance would start with the hard drive and firmware, moves up to the enclosure in a high availability configuration, the software and then connects to the company’s global cloud infrastructure/data center. Users would expect this approach to deliver cost efficiencies and a faster total cost of ownership, TCO. What they may not anticipate is that it also means the purpose built appliance becomes a hybrid cloud appliance, making it easy and efficient for users to scale based upon need.

There are other efficiencies that can change the way you manage data with when you buy an appliance from a company who builds the key components.  These appliances are tuned, tested optimized and certified to deliver blazing fast performance. Here again, this work is performed by the people who built the drives, software, components, and enclosures. No one is better suited to build and deliver a purpose built appliance.

Even backup target appliances (BTAs), that are built for the purpose of providing backup destination for heterogeneous applications, can differ dramatically when they are purchased from a vertically integrated builder of data protection appliances. The Seagate EVault Backup Target Appliance can be tuned and optimized for a combination of EVault backup and recovery software and an app with a native backup application.

That tuning is significant because it is cost effective to leverage a single appliance for both as well as from purchase and manageability standpoints. A further efficiency, from the storage administrator’s point of view, is that monitoring and management of the appliance is handled centrally.

Seagate's EVault BTA
Seagate’s EVault BTA

The Seagate EVault BTA is a vertically integrated purpose built backup and recovery appliance that offers an unprecedented level of reporting and visibility to users on the health of backup appliances and cloud services. As result Seagate will know of trouble before you do and will proactively resolve issues and provide a seamless experience in the event of power outages or other similar events that may disrupt your backup or protection. This enhances the durability and availability of user data.

Because Seagate is building data protection appliances from the inside out it is able to drive innovation through the storage stack. Unlike other vendors Seagate can leverage its unique strengths at drive level and innovate at the enclosure, software and cloud layers to build unique value for our customers and reduce user’s TCO for data protection.

We think this is the best way of solving your data challenges.  After all, shouldn’t a purpose built backup and recovery appliance be built for the purpose of providing a solution that meets all of your requirements and offers hybrid cloud data protection?

Visit the product page on Seagate’s website to learn more about the Seagate EVault Hybrid Cloud Data Protection appliances and how they can accelerate your drive to growth.



Seagate & Cray: Customer Adoption and Use Reveals Partnership’s Significance

This week Seagate announced four supercomputing customers, which are using the Cray®Sonexion® 2000 system. Powered by Seagate, the system integrates all aspects of hardware, software and support for the latest 2.5 version of the Lustre® parallel file system. Key benefits of Lustre 2.5 include a client metadata performance improvement of up to 700 percent, as well as support for up to 16 billion files under a single file system. Lustre 2.5 also enables hierarchical storage management for easy data transfer between storage types and 1TB/sec performance — all critical features for organizations working to solve the world’s most complex data challenges.

Industry media took notice of the announcement. The excerpts, below, provide more detail into the importance of the partnership between Seagate and Cray…

  • Infotech Lead: “The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Petroleum Geo-Services, and the U.K.’s Met Office are the four Cray customers. These 4 customers in the government, weather, oil and gas, and university sectors will consume more than 120 petabytes of storage capacity.”
  • Scientific Computing: “As the United Kingdom’s national weather service, the Met Office relies on supercomputers to help gather and process data for its weather and climate forecasts, which are recognized among the most accurate in the world. The Cray Sonexion 2000 system, Powered by Seagate, provides the storage necessary for the Met Office’s operational weather prediction and climate research, which spans 60 locations and includes more than 10 million daily weather observations used to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings.”
  • IT Wire: “At KAUST, the Cray Sonexion 2000 supports high performance computing and computational research aimed at solving the world’s biggest water, food, energy and environmental challenges.”
  • Storage Review: “The new Cray XC40 supercomputer and Sonexion storage system will provide PGS with the advanced computational capabilities necessary to run highly complex seismic processing and imaging applications. Additionally, these applications include imaging algorithms for the PGS Triton survey, which is the most advanced seismic imaging survey ever conducted in the Gulf of Mexico.”
  • insideHPC: “For the NNSA, Lustre 2.5 will enhance the agency’s Trinity supercomputer, which runs the largest and most demanding simulations of the United States’ nuclear stockpile across all three of the NNSA’s national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.”
  • The Register: “Seagate supercomputer storage sales are rising, as Cray has won four supercomputer deals where the Sonexion 2000 storage is actually OEM’d ClusterStor arrays from Seagate’s acquired Xyratex business.”

WebinarHiQ-300x293Webinar Today (and Recorded for future playback)

Customers can learn more about Cray and Seagate on a webinar on April 23 at 10:00 am PT, which will be recorded for future playback. This webinar will help customers learn about some of the considerations when deploying Lustre — from system selection to networking considerations. Cray and Seagate will co-present the concept of workflow-driven storage for big data and supercomputing, discuss the Sonexion 2000, and also present customer use cases for Lustre across a range of industries.

Global strategy for environmental sustainability

Commit to Sustainability on Earth Day and Every Day

Global strategy for environmental sustainability

John Muir, the famed naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, was talking about nature when he said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,” but he just as easily could have been referring to business sustainability.

Sustainability is “hitched” to every aspect of Seagate’s business—from our research and development efforts, manufacturing processes and community involvement, to initiatives around conflict minerals, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and packaging, water management and a healthy work environment.

The celebration of Earth Day, April 22, provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm Seagate’s commitment to sustainability and recognize contributions made by employees across the company to integrate sustainable practices in our operations and processes.

Sustainability underpins our ability to grow, and achieve competitive advantage and strong profitability. We think of sustainability in the context of three “Ps”—People, Planet and Profit.

People, planet and profit

The three “Ps” matter! In a nutshell, companies that focus on them have strong values. They also are most likely to “sustain” and endure; to not only survive, but thrive. Sustainable practices increase profitability while contributing to the well-being of employees and the health of our planet.

At Seagate, a cross-functional global citizenship team ensures that we maintain a focus on socially responsible, sustainable business practices.

Efforts to reduce environmental impact and carbon use must be persistent

While a range of programs and activities support Seagate’s commitment to sustainability, our strategy focuses on three key priorities:

Every business must push ahead to reduce its environmental and carbon footprintSustainability is a journey of incremental improvements over time that requires a focused strategy, patience and persistence, and we’re making progress. For example:

  • Seagate is recognized as an industry leader, by customers as well as NGOs, in understanding and reducing hazardous substances in our products.
  • We’re active in the industry’s strategy to identify conflict mineral sources. Seagate has eliminated tantalum from conflict sources in our core products, and we are working to achieve conflict-free status across our portfolio in alignment with industry initiatives.
  • Rigorous Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) audits confirmed our manufacturing locations are aligned with the EICC Code of Conduct.

As far as we’ve come, our journey must continue. We have many opportunities for improvement, including:

  • Reducing energy consumption by evaluating effective alternatives across our company and, particularly, in our factories.
  • Identifying additional opportunities to reduce environmental impact of our products.
  • Partnering with suppliers on business continuity planning, EICC Code of Conduct alignment, and eliminating conflict-free metals.

Being transparent about these issues is important. By being open to feedback and suggestions, we learn valuable lessons to apply to our practices, and gain advocates among our stakeholders.

Cherryl McDougall is Seagate’s executive director for Environmental Health and Safety and Sustainability

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Alex Kay's hand-made armor stand ready for the reburial procession of King Richard III

Seagate Engineer Leads King Richard’s Reburial Procession — In Full Period Armor

‘Never has so much spirit or greater virtue reigned in such a small body’ — Archdeacon of Lothian, who came to Richard’s court with an embassy from James III of Scotland in 1484

‘King Richard was an ypocryte and a crochebake and beried in a dike like a dogge’ — Earl of Northumberland, testimony from the Municipal Records of the City of York, 1491

Many know the story of England’s King Richard III — a complex, much-maligned figure whose reign was marked by intrigue and violence. Many know him from William Shakespeare’s celebrated play, which portrayed the monarch as a brilliant comic villain.

But Alex Kay, a mechanical engineer at Seagate’s Havant, U.K. campus, knows King Richard’s story better than most. A respected amateur medieval history expert and historical re-enactor, Kay was recently honored to lead the official procession to a memorial service following the discovery of the king’s long-lost remains.

“It has been quite an experience to be part of this history in the making,” Kay said. “It is certainly something I will never forget. After all, it’s not every day you are asked to help bury a king!”

Watch our slide show to see how much craftsmanship went into Alex Kay’s suit of armor:

Seagate Engineer in Medieval Armor

Alex Kay's hand-made armor stand ready for the reburial procession of King Richard IIIKay prepared for his role for six months, working with armorers in the U.K. and Europe to create a full set of period-correct steel armor based on museum pieces. Each piece was hand beaten, planished into shape, heat treated and polished. Kay himself made about 40 percent of the sub-assemblies, and did the integration of the many pieces into a complete working 15th-century suit of armor appropriate for a high-status individual. He also made the sword and scabbard.

A King’s Story

King Richard III figures prominently in English history. The last English king to die in battle, Richard’s brief reign marked a turbulent period for the country — beginning with his controversial seizing of the throne from 12-year-old Edward V and ending with the ascension of a new royal family upon his death at the hands of rebellious nobles.

Lost and Rediscovered

Following his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, King Richard was buried hastily at an area friary. The burial location was forgotten over the centuries and built over, and historians hoped for years to find it. A formal search project began in 2011, leading to the discovery of his body in September 2012 beneath a parking lot. The body was positively identified by DNA testing in 2013. In keeping with King Richard’s contentious reign, the next year was consumed with legal battles over where the body should be re-interred.

A ceremonial procession arrives ahead of the coffin carrying King Richard III for a service at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre on March 22, 2015 in Leicester, England.The reburial began on March 22, 2015, with a procession and service at Bosworth Field attended by 2,000 guests. Kay held the position of King’s Champion in the procession, clad in full armor and leading a group in medieval regalia. Following the service, the king’s remains were taken to nearby Leicester Cathedral, where they lay in state until re-interment on March 26.

“Richard III is part of our heritage of Britain,” Kay said. “It’s even more true now, as he now has three dates in history as written on his ossuary — ‘Richard III, 1452-1485, Reinterred 26-03-2015.’ ”

If you’d like to peruse more fascinating photos of King Richard III’s procession and reburial ceremony, you might enjoy this International Business Times article. The 10th image down shows our own Alex Kay having his pauldrons put on in preparation for the procession.

By Richard Kanes and Alex Kay


Seagate receives a Govies Award for best Video Surveillance Data Storage

Seagate Surveillance HDD Wins Govies Award at ISC West

Security Products magazine awards 2015 Govies award to Seagate Surveillance HDD

Security Products magazine at last week’s ISC West Expo awarded a 2015 “Govies” Platinum Award to the Seagate Surveillance HDD, in the category of best “Video Surveillance Data Storage.”

The seventh-generation 6TB Seagate Surveillance HDD addresses the increasing need for high-resolution cameras and camera counts, and ensures cost-effective performance and durability in always-on surveillance systems. The drive is precision-tuned for high write surveillance workloads, reliably performs in multi-drive systems with RAID support, features rotational-vibration sensors for reliable performance, and offers custom power settings to best support motion-activated cameras with Idle 3 support.

Seagate receives a Govies Award for best Video Surveillance Data Storage
A Security Products representative presents the award to Aubrey Muhlach (right), Seagate Surveillance Segment Marketing Manager.

The “Govies” Government Security Awards honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories including Emergency Communications Systems, Network Security, Loss Prevention, Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions, and Green/Sustainable Solutions and Products. The award competition was first launched in 2009, and a record number of 67 entries were submitted this year.

Platinum and Gold designations within each award category were announced during ISC West Expo at Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trophies were distributed to winners at their booths during the event. (Learn about the biggest trends surveillance system builders face this year, from Seagate’s ISC West webinar here.)

Independent judges weigh Innovation, Quality, Features, Market Opportunity and more

An independent panel of judges from the security industry selected the top entries in the 2015 categories and named winners using criteria including Features, Innovation, User Friendliness, Interoperability, Quality, Design, Market Opportunity, and Impact in the Security Industry, Technical Advances, and Scalability.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to honor so many outstanding government security products,” said Ralph C. Jensen, editor-in-chief of Security Products.

In addition to being honored at ISC West, the winners will be featured on and highlighted in a future issue of Security Products magazine.

Some Platinum award highlights:

Access Control Devices: Orion Entrance Control, OBSG-HG Optical Barrier Swing Glass, High Glass

Fire & Life Safety: Honeywell Fire Safety, eVance Services

Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions: Ford Motor Company, Surveillance Mode

Locks, Doors, Hardware: Adams Rite, Steel hawk 4300 Electrified Deadlatch

Outdoor Perimeter Protection: Campus Safety Products, PSS Bullet and Blast Resistant Window Laminate

Tactical Video Surveillance Solutions: Total Recall Corp., Crime Eye-RD

Video Analytics: PlateSmart Technologies, PlateSmart HD LPR

Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies: Samsung Techwin, Open Platform

Video Surveillance Cameras HD: MicroPower Technologies, SOLVEIL HD

Video Surveillance Data Storage: Seagate Technology, Seagate Surveillance HDD

See all the winners, highlighted now on The magazine will discuss the winning products in its September GovSec e-newsletter, and in the October issue of Security Products magazine.

Who is John PaulsenA former small-business leader myself, I feel your pain (and joy) and hope you’ll enjoy the blog. I launched and ran a well-regarded production company in San Francisco with a team of 9 brilliant, hard working people. I learned to manage a wide array of tasks a small business must handle — business strategy, facilities design, HR, payroll, taxes, marketing, all the way down to choosing telecom equipment and spec’ing a server system to help my team collaborate in real-time on dense media projects from multiple production rooms. I’ve partnered with and learned from dozens of small business owners.

Video Surveillance Tech is Changing Fast - What You Need to Know

What Are the Biggest Trends Surveillance System Builders Face This Year?


Join us at ISC West or Join this webinar on video security trends and solutions

If you’re a system builder or reseller offering solutions to customers in the physical security industry, you know how rapidly the field is changing today. For your customers’ sake, you must stay ahead of the curve and understand changing trends before they do, so you’ll be ready with the newest solutions when they need them.

ISC West Seagate booth number 030111That’s why you might be joining us at the International Security Conference & Exposition April 15-17 in Las Vegas – also known as ISC West. It’s the largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry, covering Access Control, Alarms and Monitoring, Biometrics, IP Security, Video Surveillance / CCTV, Networked Security Products and more.

If you’re at ISC West, please meet up with us at Seagate’s booth #30111 or our partner Dahua’s booth #13062 to talk about and discover the newest security technology, network with your colleagues and security professionals, and gain valuable security industry training and knowledge.

Video Surveillance Tech is Changing Fast: What You Need to Know Webinar - the Biggest Trends Surveillance System Builders Face This Year

If you can’t join us at the show, we cordially invite you to join this recorded webinar where along with Seagate partner Dahua we’ll reveal the newest surveillance trends and toys we’re sharing this week with customers at ISC West — and which we’ll also be discussing at Expo Seguridad, in Mexico, April 28-30th.

This quick 30-minute webinar featuring Joel Rieger, Product Marketing Director from Dahua USA, delivers a quick overview of trends Dahua sees influencing the industry’s future. Joel will give you Dahua’s take on the “resolution evolution,” discuss the need for 4k and HDCVI solutions, and review new trends in recording solutions and how Dahua works to deploy reliable storage in their solutions.

After Joel’s presentation, Danny Lim, from the Seagate Surveillance sales team, will share a short overview on trends that have affected the storage industry, the implications of those trends and how to best address them for your customers. Danny will review the pains and challenges system builders need to anticipate as result of the changing surveillance landscape. He’ll give a digestible overview of the Seagate portfolio so you can help your customers solve their most pressing needs today and prepare for the future.

Who is John PaulsenA former small-business leader myself, I feel your pain (and joy) and hope you’ll enjoy the blog. I launched and ran a well-regarded production company in San Francisco with a team of 9 brilliant, hard working people. I learned to manage a wide array of tasks a small business must handle — business strategy, facilities design, HR, payroll, taxes, marketing, all the way down to choosing telecom equipment and spec’ing a server system to help my team collaborate in real-time on dense media projects from multiple production rooms. I’ve partnered with and learned from dozens of small business owners.

What is the best cold storage media for business data

Are You Using the Right “Cold Storage” for Your Business Data?

Is a tape drive still a viable storage medium for business dataBack in the day, I cut my programming teeth on a Radio Shack TRS-80. Every month Tandy sent out their Microcomputer Newsletter with articles and program listings in BASIC and Z-80 assembly language. I painstakingly keyed each one in, corrected all the typos, debugged it and then saved it to a cassette tape player. Yes, that’s right, a cassette tape! The system was so rudimentary that I had to devise my own tape ID system and keep a paper log with the tape ID and the tape counter number of where a particular program “file” started and ended.

Tape backup has been an enduring hallmark of the modern digital age but for how much longer? Are hard drives a better alternative for cold storage? If so, under what circumstances and which drive? Does it really matter? Or should you just use a Cloud backup service?

To tape or not to tape?

There’s no doubt that tape is one of the best ways to create an off-site backup for use in disaster recovery. Tornados, floods, fires and even cyberattacks happen all the time around the world. Unfortunately, these types of disasters can happen to anyone, at anytime – especially when we least expect them. LTO tape decks can set you back around $3,000 and whether you store the tapes in your boss’s basement or at a paid professional vaulting service, it’s well worth it to get your business back up and running after a major outage. But tape can be slow, so you may want to consider other options for regular access to your cold storage.

Virtual tape?

Many have predicted the death of tape backup over the past decade – even more so during the last five years. Back in 2005, we saw the advent of the 500 GB “nearline” 7,200 RPM hard drive. Virtualized tape libraries (VTL) soon exploded onto the scene and were touted as the wave of the future. VTL proponents say not only are HDDs faster at backing up, but they are also more reliable and have the distinct advantage of instantaneous random access during recoveries. They claim data deduplication makes VTL more efficient and more cost effective than tape

Cloud backup?

Fast forward to today. Cloud services offer a certain process simplicity on the front end, and may lead one to think that local backup is no longer cost efficient – just “push it up to the Cloud.” Cloud storage works well for data accessed on a frequent basis through web-based apps shared across many team members. It may even be well-priced for smaller data sets (businesses can pay for what they use), but its strengths in those areas don’t translate to long-term cold storage. At current pricing for 8 TB of online backup, you could spend nearly 10 times the cost of an equivalent HDD over a 3-year period. Assuming you have a lot of data to back up, using your own local array of HDDs may save you thousands while keeping the data behind your own firewall and preserving your Internet bandwidth for other uses.

What hard drive metrics matter?

With a variety of hard drive options available, how does one go about ranking them? For analyzing your cold storage options, I recommend you look at three key metrics: cost per GB, power efficiency and rack density. For cold storage you essentially want the lowest $/GB while achieving the best power efficiency and highest rack density. For most SMB IT shops a typical 2Ux12-bay SATA storage array will provide plenty of space, so I’ll use this type of array to show you how the Seagate family of nearline drives stack up against each other.

The cold hard factsWhat is the best cold storage media for business data

Below, I have compared three possible drive options for cold storage. I compared the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 7,200 RPM drive (6 TB) with the Terascale (4TB) and Archive (8TB) drives – both 5,900 RPM. While all three are considered “capacity-optimized” nearline drives, each one has been tuned for specific applications. The Enterprise Capacity drive combines large capacity with higher random read/write speed and offers SAS as well as SATA interfaces. The Terascale drive is a middle of the road SATA offering and the Archive drive (also SATA) was designed primarily for bulk-storage, sequential write applications. As you can see in the chart below, the Seagate Archive HDD is the clear winner because it has:

  • The lowest $/GB
  • The best power efficiency
  • The highest rack density

Cold Storage HDD Comparison Chart

Tape or Disk Array? Get the benefits of both systems.

Once you have your cold storage set up, you may want to do a staged backup to reduce the impact on your normal operations. Set your backup software to use the cold storage array, and then run a periodic tape backup of the files straight from the cold storage. This will minimize your backup window and gives you the benefits of both devices.

Free cold storage HDD analysis tool

Take the mystery out of your cold storage HDD options. Download my free Excel storage analysis tool here. With it you can enter your specific system parameters and get a mini-report print out to help you decide.

I used Newegg for the pricing in this example on the Enterprise Performance, Terascale and Archive drives. The 2Ux12 storage array I priced is the Dell MD1200 from their website list price.

Mark Hall is a storage industry veteran who has held senior product management and product marketing roles at the likes of storage vendor Hitachi Data Systems, solid-state startup Solid Data Systems, array manufacturer Xyratex and drive manufacturer Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Mark holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA and is senior marketing manager for Cloud and Kinetic Drives for Seagate Technology. In his off hours he enjoys interests in diet and nutrition, walking, bike riding, all of the newest gadgets and spending time with friends and family.



Marathoners & Seagate in Boston Next Week. Achievement is the Common Goal

Spring has finally sprung in the Boston area.

Just as that record breaking snow disappears one of the most anticipated weeks in the calendar arrives. Beginning Monday April 20th approximately 30,000 athletes from virtually every walk of life assemble to compete in the Boston Marathon. The following day 3,000+ life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, and IT professionals will come together to attend Bio-IT World. The common theme for these two events – striving to achieving excellence.

Seagate, a Platinum Sponsor of Bio-IT World, is part of the fastest growing and economically prosperous areas in healthcare – bioinformatics. More specifically Seagate’s High Performance Computing (HPC) and cloud storage solutions is supporting areas of bioinformatics, such as genomic analysis (genomics) and protein analysis (proteomics). These computationally intensive methods draw upon massive data sets to advance drug discovery and medical treatments, as well as tailor treatment for individual patients, termed “personalized medicine,” where genome analysis is applied to a patent’s own cells in an effort to find drugs specifically targeted to a genetic profile associated with a disease.

While bioinformatics holds great promise to significantly advance health outcomes and ultimately lower health care cost, this emerging area is presently confined to national health research centers and supporting research clinics. Having numerous conflicting requirements, these organizations are under enormous pressure to manage reduced budget, yet leverage state-of-the-art supercomputing facilities, yield truly breakthrough discoveries and share results among collaborators nationally and globally.

How is this achievable? Seagate has the solution for fast and efficient HPC storage as well as secure geo-distributed cloud collaboration. Seagate Storage Accelerates Bioinformatics Pipelines —with scale, performance, security and cost aligned to today’s challenges.  Our multi-tiered data storage solutions enable high-throughput, geo-distributed storage of large data sets, while meeting the complex compliance and data management challenges of high performance computing in bioinformatics.

So once you’ve finished running the marathon or cheering on those that have come to Bio-IT World to see and hear from Seagate about our HPC and Cloud solutions.

Bio-IT World, April 21-23
Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, MA 02210

Seagate’s Itinerary
Booth 254
All below presentations occur on Wednesday, April 22nd…

Track 8 – Pharmaceutical R&D Informatics
Jose L. Alvarez, Principal Engineer, WW DirectorDATA SCIENCE & ANALYTICS STRATEGIES

10:50 Chairperson Opening Remarks
Presented by Jose L. Alvarez, Principal Engineer, WW Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences at Seagate Cloud and Systems Solutions (CSS)


Track 3 – Cloud Computing

2:55 Leveraging the Cloud to Safeguard Genomic Data and Ensure Its Availability
Presented by Tyna Callahan, Senior Manager, Healthcare Products & Strategy, Seagate CSS – The sheer volume of data that must be retained today is massive—as is the responsibility to keep it intact, and to keep private information out of the wrong hands. Storage experts from Iron Mountain and Seagate CSS will discuss the key considerations for developing a storage strategy that leverages object storage in the cloud to ensure data availability, data integrity, data security and privacy.

Track 1 – IT Infrastructure – Hardware


3:10 Managing Genomic Data at Scale! – Rules Based Intelligent Data Management
Presented by Seagate’s Jose L. Alvarez – The explosion of Genomic data due to new instrument chemistry and more powerful analysis tool sets has created a complex and manual data management problem for high-throughput NGS centers. We will discuss how an intelligent data management solution can address this problem. iRODS (Integrated Rules-Oriented Data System) enables this intelligent data orchestration and can even help with pipeline and workflow automation.

See here for the full Bio-IT World agenda.