While, during the past few years, most of the bioinformatic procedures were aimed at the analysis of genome sequences, these procedures are now primarily used to clarify the correlations between the superior organisation of the genome and its multiple functions.
The objective is to achieve a holistic understanding of complex biological processes. Therefore a highly-available NFS-Server was required for this department, to be used primarily for storing the home directories of Unix users.
In addition, the server was intended to allow the safe exchange of sensitive research data between the research groups and the cooperation partners as well as hosting the centrally installed bioinformatics programs and molecular-biological reference data required for a Linux cluster.
The Nexenta HA cluster was purchased since it provides for an uninterrupted operation and simplified administration at the same time, ensuring data safety by using NFSv4 and Kerberos
Up to 50 users may access a Linux HPC cluster with 50 nodes and 1600 cores via the system, processing different tasks from the fields of next-generation-sequencing, network modelling and systems biology.