Research institutes are in the business of research, not managing infrastructure. They need ready access to all of their data, the ability to share results with other researchers, and confidence that their valuable information is protected. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI) at Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) faced file data management challenges that the institute’s legacy system couldn’t handle. 

The institute’s research areas include biomaterials, body device interfaces, brain research, cancer, cardiovascular science, infectious diseases and immunity, metabolism and obesity, addiction recovery, and children’s health.

“Data is the currency and lifeblood of scientific research. We needed to respond to the concerns of exponential data growth, how to store and present data in an intuitive and non-intrusive way, and how to manage and protect stored data without impacting daily operations.” Jason Krisch, Director of IT, FBRI at VTC

Focusing on biomedical research access and protection

The FBRI’s legacy environment was a proprietary block storage system that had only 250TB of capacity. The team had to use quotas and off-load data to external data silos to create space for active workloads and in-flight scientific projects. Data was stored in multiple systems, some planned and some not. Windows workstations, Linux machines, and Macs complicated data movement and sharing, while backup and archival data were stored in tape libraries and nearline disk.

While the institute never experienced any data loss, data protection was a constant concern and was consuming a lot of the FBRI staff’s time. So was the issue of business continuity: it was impossible to capture the rapid point-in-time changes common in the environment.

The FBRI needed a centralized data system that provided access to all its different platforms and optimized storage for a wide variety of unstructured data. Qumulo helped FBRI eliminate data silos and accelerate performance with a file data platform that is simple to manage and provides the flexibility they need in a protected environment. 

“Our scientific findings are priceless, and our data is irreplaceable. With Qumulo, I know it’s fully protected.” Jason Krisch

Read the full case study to understand how FBRI uses Qumulo’s file data platform to move data quickly within the data center, between remote data centers, and in the cloud to securely share data at high speeds across cloud services. 

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