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Storage at a glacial pace

Amazon's announcement of its new Glacier storage service last week was a great example of a company listening to the needs of its customers then acting accordingly. I should have blogged about it already, but was waiting to read up on the details a..

The power of open science

This is a really short post - the video on the BBC website in this link gives the full story. A 15-year old teenager from the US has developed a pancreatic cancer test which greatly undercuts the cost of the existing standard test, and runs several..

Outsourcing of Big Data Analysis

"Many large drug companies have decided that big data informatics are not a core competency, and have elected to outsource this as a service" says David Shaywitz in The Atlantic

More Big Data

After last week's post on Big Data, here's another one, this time drawing inspiration from a completely different industry - Defence and Intelligence!

Big Data Sharing

BioTeam's Ari Berman wrote a guest blog over at Bio-IT World this month on the subject of sharing big data. Ari describes a transition over time from papers that themselves represented the complete set of data that needed to be shared, to the..

Will Spooner

Hadoop in scaling up biological data analysis projects

In the Bioinformatics world, we are all familiar with such phrases: “as sequence entries in the major genomic databases currently rise exponentially”, “the explosion in volume of genomic data”, “as biological databases grow larger”, “dealing with..

Glenn Proctor

Running a business in the cloud

Eagle Genomics is a growing company, and as such we need to have efficient tools that help us run our business without getting in the way. In the early days of the company we had a basic email system, a "quirky" calendaring system, and our time..

Who owns Big Data?

The NY Times ran a May 21 article entitled "Troves of Personal Data, Forbidden to Researchers" in which its correspondent discussed the twin thorny issues of size and ownership/privacy of data. Both factors can play a role in making the source data..

A growing cloud of acceptable IT

At long last, someone on the inside has finally admitted that existing procedures for developing government-approved IT solutions is out-of-date, old-fashioned, and in his words, "unacceptable". The single-supplier approach has failed to deliver..

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