Global File Services for DNA Sequencing
Compared to the initial Human Genome Project which took over 10 years and cost nearly $3 billion, Next-Gen DNA sequencing (NGS) today is incredibly fast and inexpensive, making large-scale whole-genome sequencing accessible and practical for the average researcher. The Illumina HiSeq X Ten System, for example, can churn out 18,000 genome studies a year. This is enabling researchers to use DNA sequencing across many fields and purposes. As Next-Generation Sequencing Machines have high upfront costs, researchers turn to DNA sequencing service providers like SeqMatic. Once SeqMatic receives the samples, they run the DNA sequence and send the results files back to the customer for further analysis.
However, a single DNA sequencing run can churn out up to 1 TB of raw data, which then needs to be stored, protected, and made available to the scientists. All of this has to be done cost effectively, too. This is not just at budget-constrained universities, even large pharmaceutical firms need their IT departments to operate with utmost efficiency.