European Bioinformatics Institute adds local data storage
19 Sep 2019
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) has signed a contract with colocation datacentre provider Kao Data to store its biological data.
Cambridgeshire-based EMBL-EBI is part of European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Europe’s flagship laboratory for life sciences. The deal with Harlow-based Kao Data will allow it to fill its requirements for local and low latency data storage.
Steven Newhouse, Head of Technical Services at EMBL-EBI, said: “The biological data we store and share through our data resources are used by life science researchers all over the world to power new discoveries.
“Kao Data provided a thorough, detailed and consultative approach, which satisfied our technical and operational requirements. Its team also demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the needs of the life sciences.”
EMBL-EBI will initially use 1.5MW of capacity within the first technology suite (TS01) of Kao Data London One, the first of four carrier neutral datacentres on the Kao Data Campus in Harlow. It will then have the opportunity to scale into the new development in TS02 as future demands require.
Kao Data said it plans to be the leading provider of compute capability to the UK’s life sciences community, based along the so-called “Innovation Corridor” between London, Stansted and Cambridge.
EMBL-EBI makes biological data freely and publicly available for the scientific community. Its work spans sequence analysis methods, multi-dimensional statistical analysis and data-driven biological discovery.
The not-for-profit, which is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire, already has more than 270 petabytes of raw storage in its data centres.