How Pacific Biosciences Manages Data at Scale with Komprise & Netapp

Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) is accelerating the pace of genomic discovery, utilizing a data fabric that is enabled by technology partners: NetApp and Komprise Intelligent Data Management.

Genome Analysis

Genome analysis is transforming the world — from finding cures for diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Cancer, to wildlife conservation, and even improving the world’s food supply.

Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) is accelerating the pace of genomic discovery, utilizing a data fabric that is enabled by technology partners: NetApp and Komprise Intelligent Data Management.

The PacBio story highlights the common challenges that customers face with today’s massive scale of data and how to address them.

“You know the cloud is there, what the new storage offerings are, you have this need to consolidate on premise. And you have this massive data growth.  You get scared – how am I going to massively manage all of this data?” said Jay Smestad, Senior Director of IT at Pacific Biosciences.

Plan Capacity Growth and Hybrid Cloud Strategies with Insight

Data is growing fast and IT budgets are tight… Key decisions must be made: how to handle the exploding data with a flat budget, when and how to adopt new storage technologies, and what storage infrastructure update is right for the organization…This can feel overwhelming.

Komprise provides visibility across an organization’s storage infrastructure, into their data—showing how the data is growing, by who, and how often it is being accessed.

“What’s great is Komprise showed how much data hadn’t been touched in two years, one year, six months, three months, etc. It showed that 60% of the data could actually be moved off to capacity storage; be it object, scale-out, tape or off site to the cloud, and the ROI. It showed that we had 35% data growth within three months – and I could use it to explain why we needed more money for storage,” said Jay Smestad.

Optimize Data Footprint for Today and the Future

Armed with a plan of how to handle hot and cold data, the next key is to put the plan into action—without disrupting user and application access.

Since data extends across millions of files, thousands of folders, and multiple storage servers… a scale-out, policy-based, storage automation solution is needed. One that focuses performance and capacity.

Komprise gives us that single pane of glass where I can see what the costs are, where the data is, and be able to manage that from a single place and it’s easy to use.  We standardized on NetApp storage because it offers the most flexibility on a proven platform, with primary storage on NetApp FAS systems and ultra-dense archive on E-Series.  NetApp understands we want choice, and is delivering on the vision of the data fabric; both through their broad storage portfolio and integration with partners like Komprise,” said Jay Smestad

Accelerate Business with Big Data

Planning for the future and finding ways to glean relevant information easily, from data across on premise and cloud data stores, becomes important.

Komprise integrates with NetApp StorageGRID Webscale object storage to make tagging and finding data faster and easier—providing new ways to search, find and gain insights from relevant data.

“We’re talking about having users being able to find data. How do you find data when you have six, ten, hundred petabytes? That becomes really hard. How do you have the flexibility to move things to cloud and back?  You need something to do that – you need massive scale data management,” said Jay Smestad.