Genset to perform and store genetic mapping on Sun's Starfire server and StorEdge storage system

Palo Alto 17 February 1999 Genset lately has been in search of sufficient computing power to offer improved performance and reliability for its large-scale genomics data creation and analysis. The global genomics company decided to select Sun's Enterprise 10000 server, better known as the Starfire server, in combination with the Solaris Operating Environment software, Java technology, and the StorEdge A5000 storage system. The Starfire which constitutes a first-class datacentre-class server, already has crossed the threshold of 1000 systems shipped by now.

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Genset lately has been in search of sufficient computing power to offer improved performance and reliability for its large-scale genomics data creation and analysis. The global genomics company decided to select Sun's Enterprise 10000 server, better known as the Starfire server, in combination with the Solaris Operating Environment software, Java technology, and the StorEdge A5000 storage system. The Starfire which constitutes a first-class datacentre-class server, already has crossed the threshold of 1000 systems shipped by now.

Genset is a specialized company which provides pharmaceutical corporations with patented genomics information relevant for the discovery, development and marketing of drugs. The Starfire server will assist Genset's team of highly skilled "bionauts" in the delicate practice of their bioinformatics and biostatistics research in order to mine the large database of proprietary genomics information. The Sun system constitutes a highly flexible, scalable and manageable computational service, allowing the Genset experts to optimize the responsiveness and inter-operability of the various databases.

The new system will enable Genset to transfer extensive volumes of research data quickly through its own intranet as well as across the extranet. Genset is a leading company in the field of high-resolution genetic mapping, focused on the discovery of genes that are associated with common diseases as well as drug response. To facilitate the hard search for medically relevant genes, the company has assembled a unique high-throughput genomics technology platform, based on industrial-scale mapping, sequencing, genotyping, and polymorphism analysis.

The greater computing power and high availability offered by the Starfire also helps Genset to pursue the ongoing pharmacogenomics and gene discovery programmes in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, CNS disorders, and obesity. Next to this, storage forms a critical issue in the genetic mapping activities. In this regard, the Starfire server enables the system to expand and increase storage capacity whenever the need occurs in the Genset data centre. The new server equipment indeed has the ability to dynamically grow with the customer's requirements.


Leslie Versweyveld

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