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European Bioinformatics Institute expands award winning Delphix DaaS project

Danny Palmer at Computing, the UK's leading IT publication, has an interview with Steven Newhouse, CIO of The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI).

Danny Palmer at Computing, the UK's leading IT publication, has an interview with Steven Newhouse, CIO of The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). EBI recently won Computer Weekly's Best Datacenter Project of the Year for a Data as a Service project that used Delphix in its data center to consolidate a massive amount of genomic data in more than 500 databases.

Here's an extract from: Decoding data-driven healthcare: an interview with European Bioinformatics Institute's Steven Newhouse (Registration req.) The need to improve response times and storage through the use of virtual infrastructure led Newhouse's team to test Delphix data as a service.

The trial was successful and the EBI opted to roll out Delphix on a wider scale. "We've now entered into a longer term relationship with Delphix and a greater commitment in terms of rolling it out to support key areas," said Newhouse, who added that this includes development testing and database cloning. By deploying Delphix, the EBI has reduced its database footprint and enabled the organisation "to reduce the time it takes to push out new updates into the production infrastructure."

That "enables us to spend more time on doing higher value things such as producing new database releases and integrating additions to our archives rather than waiting for databases to be cloned or transferred," Newhouse explained, adding that Delphix has been "very supporting" throughout.

"We've had good contact with them for workshops at regular intervals to report back on how we're using the technology. And they've given us great support on how we can improve with our usages with the new capabilities coming on," he said.

Ultimately, the deployment has aided the EBI to move forward with its core goal of pushing data-driven healthcare benefits. EBI is a great example of the business case for using Delphix:

  1. Reduce the time it takes to push out new updates into the production infrastructure.
  2. Enables us to spend more time on doing higher value things such as producing new database releases and integrating additions to our archives rather than waiting for databases to be cloned or transferred.
  3. To be able to move forward on core goals.

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