Case Study

SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Case Study

The Weka File System (WekaFS™), the world’s fastest shared parallel file system from WekaIO™ (Weka), secures data for the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) by encrypting it both in-flight and at rest, with absolutely no application performance degradation. Established in 1998 in Switzerland, SIB is an internationally recognized center of expertise in data science, dedicated to biological data. It provides life scientists and clinicians with essential databases and custom-made tools, computational biology expertise, secure services for sensitive data as well as bioinformatics training. A non-profit foundation, the Institute also represents the Swiss bioinformatics community by federating about 800 data scientists in the country and fostering collaborations among them. As part of its infrastructure activities, SIB develops a nationwide project, called BioMedIT, aiming to implement a secure and cutting-edge IT network to support biomedical research and clinical bioinformatics. One of the three nodes of this network, the Romandie infrastructure at SIB operates a platform which offers biomedical researchers a full service for the processing of sensitive data. In this context, cyber security and trust are of utmost importance.