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Qumulo Distributed File Storage Helps Progenity Plan For Its Future. Providing Value, Scale, and Service. 
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Data is a strategic resource that can differentiate research companies from their competition. To keep up, organizations are under pressure to find better ways to expand and manage their storage infrastructure.

The amount of data generated, processed, and stored in a typical genome sequencing project, is astounding; it’s not uncommon for a single lab to generate more than a billion files in a year.

Progenity, Inc., is a privately-held biotechnology company that provides clinicians with complex molecular and specialized diagnostic tests for women’s health, reproductive medicine, and oncology.

Over the years, Progenity’s work in genetic sequencing has generated more than a billion files, and its data volumes are growing, according to David Meiser, Solutions Architect for Linux and Windows Applications, at Progenity.

“After a few years with our original storage system, we realized that the way the company worked wasn’t a good model for us,” said Meiser, referring to both its high costs and storage efficiencies.

“One problem was that there was significant file overhead,” said Meiser, “The files we write are very small, and the block size of our old storage system was very large.” Meiser explained, “We found that we couldn’t do analysis in-place because the access times were super high.”

Progentiy selects Qumulo Hybrid Cloud File Storage

Progenity selected Qumulo’s hybrid cloud file storage system.  Qumulo offered the organization an affordable solution, without sacrificing performance or scalability. Qumulo’s file storage also runs both on-prem and in the public cloud, another key advantage, as Progenity is planning for an eventual migration to the cloud.

Meiser estimated that, conservatively, Progenity saves 13 percent on storage space with Qumulo compared to its previous vendor, but noted that the actual savings is probably more between 17 and 20 percent.

“We’ve been exceedingly happy with the answers we’ve gotten from Qumulo at all levels. One of the biggest selling points is having a Slack channel where I can immediately get in touch with Qumulo Care for any sort of question, whether it’s big or small. We use that feature a lot and we really love it,” said Meisner.

Why Qumulo?

Efficient Management of Small Files

Qumulo’s file system was designed to handle small files as efficiently as large files. This removes the “block” size limitations applied with other scale-out NAS solutions, which potentially leads to huge capacity wastage.

Real-Time Visibility

Qumulo’s ability to provide real-time visibility into data usage, including hotspots and inefficiencies, has proven to be an important benefit. “As we were migrating from the legacy system to Qumulo, we were able to figure out which files the research and development folks could delete so we weren’t wasting storage.”

Multi-Protocol Support

Qumulo’s support of both network file system (NFS) and server message block (SMB) protocols was another key advantage for Progenity. Meiser said, “We’ve got to be able to write data over SMB and read that data back over NFS. That’s our big story for how we analyze data.”

About Qumulo

Qumulo’s high performance, cloud-native distributed file system meets the performance and capacity demands of HPC environments, in the data center and in the cloud. Qumulo’s file storage efficiently manages mixed IO performance for small and large files at petabyte scale to accelerate productivity for scientific research, genomics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence across multiple industries. In addition, Qumulo’s real-time analytics eliminate data blindness for organizations, helping to save time and money by providing visibility across billions of files. Learn more


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