Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health




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Data cables

Babraham Institute Boosts Data Availability

The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK, today announced the Institute’s adoption of a high-speed core-to-edge HP Networking solution to give researchers faster access to bandwidth-hungry next-generation genome sequencing data.

The new network unifies the Institute’s voice and data communications, enabling rapid sharing of next-generation genome sequencing data and facilitating the delivery of shared IT services to Institute researchers, commercial tenants leasing space in the Babraham Research Campus buildings, and external academic collaborators.

The Babraham Institute, which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), undertakes international quality life sciences research focused on signalling and genome regulation to generate new knowledge of the biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health.

“The Babraham Institute is one of the first organisations in the UK to install this cutting-edge technology.” says Chris Greenwood, Babraham Institute’s Head of Computing. “Institute researchers constantly require the transfer of massive amounts of data between stores and workstations for their everyday work – and it has to be fast. The new technology allows us to connect legacy networks between our data centres and gives us the opportunity to increase transfer speeds to 40GB.” “The new networking solution allows us to upgrade connectivity to our core services and workstations without replacing physical hardware,” continues Carrick Kennedy, the Babraham Institute’s Networks Manager. “As well as providing flexibility through additional plug-in modules, it gives us the ability to mix and match copper and fibre 1GB /10GB /40GB interfaces to meet increasing user demands, and a license-free operating system for all features helps to reduce operational costs.”

Contact: Louisa Wood, Communications Manager Babraham Institute Tel: 01223 496230


17 September, 2014