Institute for Genomic Sciences (IGS)

Connecting genomic researchers

Aspera software allows researchers to share terabytes of genomic sequencing data

 

The Institute for Genomic Sciences (IGS) within the University of Maryland School of Medicine uses genomics and bioinformatics to understand, study and generate data for the international scientific community. Due to increasing file sizes from an average 5GB to 20GB, data movement over FTP faced growing reliability problems, especially with international long distance transfers. Converting to physical shipment of hard drives quickly proved inefficient as well, due to time constraints and lack of personnel resources.

Now, Aspera's patented high-speed fasp™ technology transfers large amounts of data with unparalleled performance and complete security regardless of distance or network conditions. Its web-based directory listing allows researchers to easily browse data, as well as upload and download information transparently from within the browser. As an added benefit, the software itself is easy to use and does not require extensive training, and the switch to Aspera reduced IGS' operational costs, reduced capital equipment and provided a faster turnaround to researchers, thus improving productivity.

"Before Aspera, we were only utilizing a fraction of our bandwidth, transferring at 40-50Mbps," said Victor Felix, a senior software engineer at IGS. "Now that we've deployed Aspera software, we consistently transfer at our target rate of 300Mbps. That is a significant improvement over FTP - not even counting the reliability improvement - which is incredible."

 

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"Before Aspera, we were only utilizing a fraction of our bandwidth, transferring at 40-50Mbps. Now that we've deployed Aspera software, we consistently transfer at our target rate of 300Mbps."Victor Felix, a senior software engineer