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Altius Institute Accelerates Medical Breakthroughs with Igneous Data Protection as-a-Service

by Chris Hoffman – November 12, 2018

Protecting and managing enormous datasets was an increasingly urgent problem for the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences, where their data is at the core of advancing discoveries that save lives. Legacy backup tools proved too expensive due to Altius’ large infrastructure and IT resource requirements, leading Altius to choose Igneous for its scalability, simplicity, and long-term data management and distribution solutions.

Some of the benefits that Altius has realized since choosing Igneous’ Unstructured Data Management as-a-Service:

  • Reduces costs by eliminating complexity and unnecessary administrative overhead, allowing team to instead focus on moving genomic research forward

  • Provides hands-off solution for both data protection needs today and data movement needs in the future

  • Moves data programmatically via S3 or SMB interface from company data center to research partners to increase the efficacy of new drug targeting and gene therapies

Although Altius chose Igneous because of their urgent backup needs, their decision also reflects their long-term strategy. “Backup is not the killer app for Igneous in my vote. It’s data distribution and the ability to programmatically manipulate data to move it to wherever it’s needed. Luckily for me, in the not-too-distant future, I’m going to also need a data distribution strategy and Igneous provides just that,” says Michael Cockrill, Chief Technology Officer at Altius.

As part of the Igneous DataProtect suite, Igneous has launched a new method for protecting data that Altius is already using. Customers looking to minimize their installed hardware footprint in the datacenter can now choose a policy where only changed data lives in the datacenter appliance and all data—level-0 plus all incrementals—live in a cloud tier of storage. For example, Altius’ data protection model is to have 30 to 90 days of incremental change data live on the Igneous, but all data goes into the cloud for storage. This model is great for customers who never want to run out of space in on-premises and still manage protection for petabytes of data.

To learn more about how Igneous has been able to help the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences, read our case study.

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