DNA Sequencing Provider Uses Globus to Speed Data Delivery to Customers
By using Globus to move massive files to customers’ local machines, UC’s Sequencing Center is improving the speed, ease and reliability of delivering results to its customers.
A service provider of next generation sequencing, the Center is used by scientists to sequence the DNA of blood, tissue and other physical samples: A customer ships or hand-delivers a sample to the facility, and the results must be delivered back to that scientist (or his/her facility) to be processed and analyzed. The delivery of these potentially multi-terabyte files is a major challenge, since the required level of security and reliability is tremendous. So, working with the Initiative in Biomedical Informatics (iBi), the UC Sequencing Center is creating a file transfer solution based on Globus: Technicians at the Sequencing Center use Globus to move data from their site to iBi’s data center, when it can easily be accessed by the Center’s customers. Now, thanks to Globus, it's a trivial matter for the Sequencing Center to get scientists the data they need at the iBi facility, where it can quickly be put to use. As iBi’s Neil Bahroos puts it, “file size is no longer a barrier to productivity.” In addition, Globus's “Globus Connect” feature will allow users to add their own personal computers as endpoints for transfer – so scientists can receive their results right on their local computers if desired. Highlights: