WekaIO and PetaGene to Showcase an End-to-End Optimized Genomics Workflow at BioIT World

WekaIO and PetaGene accelerate research and discovery for life sciences with industry-leading I/O performance, optimized bioinformatics tools and data compression

SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 16th, 2019 – WekaIO, the innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, will be demonstrating an optimized genomics data analysis workflow at Bio-IT World in Boston, Mass., this week. Our demonstration features WekaIO Matrix™, the world’s fastest parallel file system; PetaGene, the maker of award-winning genomics data compression solutions; and incorporates Sentieon’s award-winning genomics tools, for accelerated genomic data analysis, and Western Digital’s ActiveScale™ cloud object storage for long-term storage and archival.

The cost of genome sequencing has dropped dramatically, resulting in an explosion of genomic data which if stored on legacy NAS storage systems can be prohibitively expensive. Current analytics platforms struggle to process these massive amounts of data in a timely manner, and storage costs dominate the budgets of large genomics applications. As storage costs escalate and money gets diverted to pay for infrastructure, the pace of discovery slows. Together, WekaIO, Western Digital Corp., Sentieon and PetaGene offer the genomics industry a scalable, robust and high-performance solution that delivers performance that legacy NAS systems cannot offer as well as a cost savings model that allows for the research to continue rather than investing in more storage infrastructure.

WekaIO’s Matrix file system reduces time to discovery by providing low latency data access and fast delivery of data to compute servers, eliminating the I/O bottleneck and the CPU starvation problems common to genomic and cancer research workloads. With a single namespace that spans local storage and the cloud, Matrix™ delivers simplified management and data protection. Its performance is 3x that of local file systems and 10x that of traditional NAS. Together with PetaGene compression and integrated tiering and remote backup to the cloud with Western Digital ActiveScale™ object storage, WekaIO provides unprecedented storage performance and capacity scaling for genome sequencing workloads.

“We are excited to share our work with PetaGene for the life sciences community at BioIT World,” said David Hiatt, Director of Business Development at WekaIO. “Genomic workloads are among the most challenging for storage systems with billions of small files and intense metadata operations. Our software delivers extremely high bandwidth and IOPS performance at a fraction of the cost of NAS appliances. Combined with PetaGene’s groundbreaking compression technology, an integrated solution reduces total storage costs and dramatically improves data accessibility, helping to accelerate the pace of research and discovery.”

PetaGene genomic data compression provides up to 90% reduction of BAM and FASTQ.gz file sizes, without any loss of information, resulting in greater than 50% net savings in overall storage costs. In addition, PetaGene compression technology reduces transfer times of genomic data by 60% to 90%. Whether these compressed files are stored locally or in the cloud, PetaGene’s PetaLink technology provides transparent and secure access to this genomic data to all applications, tools, and pipelines without modifications to established workflows.

“Our work with WekaIO results in a storage solution for genomics and life sciences that is easy to manage and combines industry-leading storage density and performance with breakthrough scale and economics,” said Vaughan Wittorff, CCO and Co-founder of PetaGene. “Our ability to provide lossless compression and workflow transparency of genomic data combined with the high performance of both PetaLink and Matrix is an infrastructure improvement that will benefit the entire genomics industry. Furthermore, the Sentieon tools offer speed and accuracy of the analysis of genomic data. PetaGene seeks to work strategically to provide the genomics industry with novel solutions and we are excited to support WekaIO with this capability demonstration.”

See this joint solution from WekaIO, Western Digital Corp., PetaGene and Sentieon demonstrated at Bio-IT World in Boston, Mass., on April 16-18, 2019, booth #501.

About WekaIO

WekaIO helps companies manage, scale and future-proof their data center so they can solve real problems that impact the world. WekaIO Matrix™, the world’s fastest shared parallel file system and WekaIO’s flagship product, leapfrogs legacy storage infrastructures by delivering simplicity, scale, and the best performance density per U, for a fraction of the cost. In the cloud or on-premises, WekaIO’s NVMe-native high-performance software-defined storage solution removes the barriers between the data and the compute layer, thus accelerating artificial intelligence, machine learning, genomics, research, and analytics workloads.

About PetaGene

PetaGene was founded in Cambridge, the birthplace of genomics, to address the rapidly growing data management problems of the genomics industry. PetaGene’s software enables compression of huge amounts of genomic data without compromising on access or data quality. The company’s products go beyond regular data reduction techniques and have twice been recognized by Bio-IT World’s Best of Show Award for their industry-leading performance and usability. For more information visit www.petagene.com or e-mail sales@petagene.com.

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