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Brocade kitting the Australian Genome Research Facility for Big Data

Brocade kitting the Australian Genome Research Facility for Big Data

Brocade will deploy a 10 Gigabit Ethernet core network to handle genome data sets

The Australian Genome Research Facility has turned to Brocade to help it handle the enormous data sets that come with researching human genomes.

The Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) contracts genomics services to academic, applied research and commercial markets spanning biomedicine, plant and animal science, microbiology, evolutionary biology and biodiversity.

Given that the average human genome takes up around 100GB each, Brocade has supplied a 10 gigabit ethernet core network to help it handle Big Data bottlenecks found throughout the system.

The latest generation of gene sequencing technology generates data files of over a terabyte every week from each of its five systems in operation.

“Universities and research institutes are now constantly moving around anything from 100 to 700 gigabytes of data, and the previous network was a real bottleneck for clients,” AGRF senior systems engineer, Gismon Thomas, said.

“We’re introducing new IT capabilities, including 80 terabytes of storage with 10 GbE connectivity to handle the exponential growth of data archiving. We are also now testing a bioinformatics cloud infrastructure environment based around a set of blade servers that will go into production in the near future. A more capable network infrastructure was absolutely essential to fully enable these new systems.”

The first node to go live will be in Melbourne, followed by Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

To replace its legacy network switches, the AGRF chose Brocade’s solution to deliver low-latency 10 GbE performance at wire-speed, with a simplified network architecture and streamlined network management.

He said the focus was cost and a single-vendor solution that would handle the AGRF’s three years of projected network traffic growth.

Mycom did the installation work using Brocade’s ICX 6610 switch, after the initial proof-of-concept project proved that the switch stack was up to the task.

Each Brocade ICX 6610 has four dedicated 40 GbE stacking ports that enable up to eight switches to be linked into a single device, managed through a single IP address, with 320 Gbps of total backplane stacking bandwidth. Each switch has up to eight 10 GbE fiber ports and 48 1 GbE ports.

Brocade claims that, in a stacked configuration, traffic forwarding is transparent across the pool of ports, all of which deliver wire-speed, non-blocking performance.

“They’re easy to deploy, easy to manage and easy to integrate into both new and existing networks. With capacity upgrades though software licenses and the ability to scale by adding to a stack, this is very much a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ solution that enables the AGRF to easily cope with its Big Data growth,” Brocade vice-president for Asia Pacific, Adam Judd, said.

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