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CRAG is a Public Centre dedicated to Cutting Edge Scientific Research in Plant and Farm Animal Biology

Multiply writing speeds by 4x, to reduce full backup times by 60%, and to increase stability, eliminating unforeseen stops due to storage backend overloads.

Summary

CRAG (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics) is a public centre dedicated to cuttingedge scientific research in plant and farm animal biology. To meet the demand for increasing the speed and scalability of its high-performance computing infrastructure, which performs demanding tasks such as sequencing the genome of animals and plants, CRAG needed to replace its disk-based storage environment. In 2019, they installed a Pure Storage® FlashBlade™ solution that helped them to multiply writing speeds by 4x, to reduce full backup times by 60%, and to increase stability, eliminating unforeseen stops due to storage backend overloads.

Industry

  • Agricultural Genomics

GEO

  •  Spain

Use Cases

  •  High performance computing (HPC) – genomic sequencing

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Challenges

  •  Modernise the disk storage platform.
  •  Maintain the current topology (NFS and KVM).
  •  Reduce the backup window.
  •  Ensure highest reliability.

Results

Business Transformation

CRAG was able to update its HPC environment to achieve the speed, scalability and stability required by the research projects of its users by leveraging the Pure Storage FlashBlade solution.

IT Transformation

  •  Writing speed is now 4 times higher (up to 8 GiB/s vs previous 2.4 GiB/s).
  •  The backup window has been reduced by 60%.
  •  New features are available, such as snapshots.

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