BLACKSBURG, Va., June 6, 2011 — DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world’s largest privately held information storage company, today announced that Virginia Tech has selected DDN’s Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) 10000 data management platform to power a range of research efforts throughout the university, including at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

"The ability of the SFA10000 to cost-effectively handle all of Virginia Tech’s high-performance computing needs has prepared the university to enter a new era of breakthrough research," said Harold “Skip” Garner, VBI's executive director.

"DDN is helping us move to the next stage of the institute’s development with passion, excitement, and a firm commitment to helping address some of society’s most important problems in the life sciences and biomedicine. With DDN’s technology in place, our researchers are only limited by their imaginations," Garner said.

The DDN storage platform is being used by VBI in a wide variety of research areas. Gene sequencing is an important focus at the institute, generating a deluge of data stored in its DDN system and InfiniBand connected to its cluster to analyze the role that genetics plays in cancer. Another area of research is the study of epidemics to model and understand how diseases spread through a population and what mechanisms can be used to limit the spread of the disease.

“DDN’s technology stood out from other storage options for a lot of reasons, including its industry leading performance, its dramatically lower total cost of ownership, and its vast scalability for handling the huge datasets used by our researchers,” said Kevin Shinpaugh, director of high-performance computing and information technology services for VBI. “But what is most impressive about the SFA10000 is its ability to handle orthogonally divergent computing tasks, such as managing both home files and scratch files, with no performance trade-offs.”

“We are honored to support the many critical research projects taking place at Virginia Tech, including its efforts to prevent diseases, improve transportation and develop new technologies that will shape our future,” said Paul Bloch, President, DDN. “The world-leading performance, density and scalability of the SFA10000 will ensure that Virginia Tech’s researchers have instant access to all their files and applications, regardless of size or performance requirements. The SFA 10000 offers great value to the publicly and privately funded research efforts at Virginia Tech by supporting the highest density and greatest power, cooling, and space efficiencies in the world.

About DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations. Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable datacenters to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise. For more information, go to or call +1-800-TERABYTE (837-2298).

About the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute ( at Virginia Tech is a premier bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that uses transdisciplinary approaches to science combining information technology, biology, and medicine. These approaches are used to interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences. With more than 240 highly trained multidisciplinary, international personnel, research at the institute involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics, synthetic biology, and medicine. The large amounts of data generated by this approach are analyzed and interpreted to create new knowledge that is disseminated to the world’s scientific, governmental, and wider communities.



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Published by Tiffany Trent, June 06, 2011