Large quantities of critical genetics data secured utilizing deduplication
Boulder, CO – August 25, 2015 – The Center for Human Genetics and Laboratory Diagnostics (AHC) has implemented SEP Software Corp.’s backup and disaster recovery solution, SEP sesam, to protect their large-scale heterogeneous environment and provide fast deduplication for the Center’s large quantities of data.
The institute works with the latest laboratory diagnostic technologies in areas such as immune genetics, biochemistry, molecular genetics, pathology and microbiology. Next Generation Sequencing devices offer the latest measurement technologies to analyze the entire human genome. These practices create large amounts of data generated by high-resolution images. Their size varies from several hundred MB to a few GB per image. Each time the devices are used, they produce about 200 GB to 1 TB of raw data, depending on the device.
Marc Mühlfeld, IT director of the Center for Human Genetics and Laboratory Medicine, explained that “data is housed on our network for four to six weeks. We keep it until diagnosis and results are completed. During this time, our data volume continues to increase. Something had to change with our old backup system. We needed to absorb this amount of data so that we could keep the backups at least 30 to 35 days before they are overwritten.”
The Center’s new backup solution would need to be compatible with a mix of different platforms – Linux, Windows, MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle and PostresSQL – and be able to perform fully integrated Bare Metal Recovery tasks on both Windows and Linux servers. They were looking for a solution that would support deduplicated backups to disk and then to tape with automatic replication on GlusterFS.
Due to its ability to protect and restore mixed environments of all sizes, including its wide range of support for Linux, SEP sesam was chosen as the Center’s new backup solution. The software fit perfectly into the Center’s IT environment. “Our entire IT infrastructure is covered with SEP sesam. We have a wide range of databases and applications that have special demands on a backup solution. But the advantage with SEP sesam is its ability to back up any environment running on any platform,” explained Mühlfeld. “We took a look at the backup market and, quickly found out, that most vendors are far less scalable.”
The Center benefited from independent storage clustering, highly flexible backups with a minimal demand of storage volume, lowered space requirements in the server room and reduced electricity costs.
SEP’s Si3 deduplication method divides files into variable sized blocks. The storage medium then compares the stored blocks and indexes any duplicates. “An effective deduplication solution is critical for our business. The data that stays in our network is backed up six times, so I can significantly reduce the amount of data on the backup storage,” said Mühlfeld. The Center for Human Genetics and Laboratory Medicine can now concentrate on their research and diagnostics business with the knowledge that their data is secured with SEP sesam.
The Center for Human Genetics and Laboratory Diagnostics in Martinsried near Munich was founded in 1998 from the Institute of Clinical Chemistry (University Hospital Großhadern) of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU). The Center specializes in genetic, biochemical and immunological diagnostics. ACH specializes in the analysis of the cellular components of blood using molecular, cytogenetic and flowcytometric procedures, as well as innovative services in the field of molecular diagnostics such as array-CGH, gene expression arrays, Blotting, FACS, FISH, HPLC, Next Generation and Sanger Sequencing, pyrosequencing, real-time PCR and tandem mass spectrometry. The medium-sized private corporation employs 120 specialists, including doctors, scientists, and technical staff.
About SEP Software Corp.
SEP Software offers a single backup and disaster recovery solution for heterogeneous environments of any size. SEP’s flagship solution, SEP sesam, uses its multi-streaming technology to facilitate unlimited simultaneous data streams to provide some of the highest performance in the backup market. SEP is cross-platform, multi-OS, and supports every popular database and Groupware solution available. Exceptional remote management capabilities allow users to easily and efficiently manage thousands of locations around the globe from one central location. SEP specializes in replacing multiple backup software products with one standardized solution for the entire enterprise.