Nimble Storage donation revs up big data science

Nimble Storage donation revs up big data science

August 31, 2016

  • Biodesign's interim executive director Josh LaBaer and Nimble Storage's Varun Mehta, Nimble Storage, Vice President, Product Operations, mark the installation of a top-of-the-line system that can hold about a half-petabyte of data to support ASU's research computing.


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  • Biodesign's interim executive director Josh LaBaer addresses the group solve problems in terms of identifying diagnostics to identify diseases early and finding ways to map interactions of biomolecules


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  • Varun Mehta, Nimble Storage, Vice President, Product Operations, outlines the computing and storage technology potential to support groundbreaking, leading-edge research at ASU. 


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  • Jay Etchings, who spearheads ASU's Research Computing, part of ASU's Knowledge Enterprise development, highlights the high-performance computing capacity and portfolio of services to help support and advance research needs.


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  • A commemorative plaque was given to Nimble Storage to mark the occasion of their generous donation to ASU. 


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  • Participants at the ASU and Nimble Storage advanced computing technology donation event. 


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August 31, 2016

To advance research discoveries, ASU scientists have to rely on faster and more reliable computing power and state-of-the-art number-crunching to handle all of their evergrowing big data computing, network and storage needs. 

Now, Nimble Storage's advanced petabyte technology donation to ASU's Biodesign Institute will allow faster access to 'big data' research into early disease detection and cancer research. Recently, leadership from Biodesign and Nimble Storage held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the installation of their data storage technology at ASU. The event also marked the beginning of a promising new partnership between the San Jose-based, top ten fastest-growing companies in North America and U.S. News and World Report's No. 1 university for innovation, with its one-of-a-kind Biodesign bioscience powerhouse.

"We are starting to solve problems in terms of identifying diagnostics to identify diseases early and finding ways to map interactions of biomolecules that play a part in causing disease," said Josh LaBaer, interim executive director of the Biodesign Institute. "Nimble Storage has helped us out here by providing us with the most advanced technology possible for storing data and allowing us to access it in the fastest possible way."

Leadership from Nimble Storage and ASU held an information exchange to outline and identify new research areas and advancements in cancer research that can be advanced through high-performance computing. LaBaer, who leads Biodesign's Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics (VGPCPD), is one of the nation’s foremost investigators in the rapidly expanding field of personalized medicine. His efforts involve the discovery and validation of biomarkers — unique molecular fingerprints of disease — which can provide early warning for those at risk of major illnesses, including cancer and diabetes.

"What we donated was our top-of-the-line system that can hold about a half-petabyte of data," said Varun Mehta, Nimble Storage, Vice President, Product Operations. "One of the things I was thrilled to learn about are the groundbreaking, leading-edge research that is happening here at ASU. We hope that the equipment we donated will help in a small way to lead to some groundbreaking discoveries that the lab is pursuing."

LaBaer outlined future advanced computing capacity that will be needed with the anticipated doubling of research growth and the strategic scientific recruitment of new research centers when the Biodesign expansion of its $100 million, 200,000 square-foot Building C is completed in June of 2018.

"That's really what today is about, it's recognizing Nimble Storage, recognizing Josh LaBaer's work at Biodesign, and building this cohesive partnership that I think will long-lasting," said Jay Etchings, director of ASU's Research Computing. ASU Research Computing, part of ASU's Knowledge Enterprise development, is a core facility that manages all aspects of high-performance computing, and offers a portfolio of services to help support and advance research needs. 

Among the key participants attending the event were:

  • Joshua LaBaer, interim executive director, ASU Biodesign Institute

  • Jay Etchings, director, ASU Research Computing

  • Varun Mehta, Nimble Storage, VP, Product Operations

  • Mark Parrinello, Nimble Storage, Vice President, North American Sales

  • Pat St. Peter, Nimble Storage, District Sales Manager

  • Richard Tallman, Nimble, Senior Account Executive

 

Written by: Joe Caspermeyer