Ambry Genetics turns to EMC Isilon for next-generation storage of gene sequencing.


Ambry Genetics
15 Argonaut
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

SEATTLE, WA — November 29, 2011 – EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced that Ambry Genetics®, a leading commercial provider of clinical diagnostic and genomic services, has deployed EMC® Isilon® scale-out NAS to power its advanced gene sequencing operations, enabling Ambry to advance a range of scientific pursuits while easily managing 100 percent data growth annually. Using Isilon's X-Series combined with the EMC Isilon SnapShotIQ™, SmartConnect™, and SmartQuotas™ software applications, Ambry Genetics has significantly reduced Big Data management challenges and storage administration costs, while accelerating data transfer rates and improving reliability for its genetic sequencing project pipeline. Customer Benefits:

  • Increased Performance –EMC Isilon scale-out NAS provided Ambry with the scalability and performance it needs to accelerate productivity.
  • Reduced costs –Isilon handles Ambry Genetics' storage needs at a fraction of the cost of previous systems; Isilon's ease of management reduces operational expenses in storage management, eliminates hourly contract storage administrators. Previously, Ambry Genetics had a traditional rack server with blades dedicated to storing its bioinformatics and sequencing data. “We were adding more and more blades and filling up the rack fast, and it was clear what we had wasn't offering the scalability or performance we needed,” said Chris Medley, director of information technology at Ambry Genetics. “We soon found we could leverage an Isilon system to handle our storage needs at a fraction of the cost, and that it will allow us to achieve some things, like data tiering, we couldn't have achieved before. With Isilon, we have a big storage solution for a much smaller price.”

The Isilon scale-out NAS system is dedicated exclusively to the secure storage of bioinformatics and sequencing data used with and generated by Illumina sequencing platforms. By combining Illumina and Isilon technologies, Ambry Genetics can provide next-generation sequencing services to its customers without worrying about storage constraints.

Along with the ease in scaling and management, Ambry Genetics chose Isilon for its storage needs because of the reliability of Isilon's unique clustered architecture and its ability to linearly scale performance in-line with user demand. From initial sequencing to management and analysis, the Isilon system has allowed Ambry Genetics to dramatically reduce turnaround time.

“Genetic sequences are a critical piece of our business and with new technology advancements, the amount of data it generates is doubling every year,” said Ardy Arianpour, vice president of business development, Ambry Genetics. “With our launch of the Clinical Diagnostic Exome™ our data storage management is key and Isilon has enabled us to reduce costs, while simultaneously accelerating productivity, freeing our business to grow in step with customer demand.”

“Ambry Genetics is on the leading-edge of today's pursuit of personalized medicine," said Sam Grocott, vice president of marketing, EMC Isilon. "By using Isilon to accelerate their big data-intensive operations and slash management costs, they're setting best practices for all organizations looking to make the most of their business-critical information.”

About Isilon

Isilon, a division of EMC, is the global leader in scale-out NAS. We deliver powerful yet simple solutions for enterprises that want to manage their data, not their storage. Isilon's products are simple to install, manage and scale, at any size. And, unlike traditional enterprise storage, Isilon stays simple no matter how much storage is added, how much performance is required or how business needs change in the future. We're challenging enterprises to think differently about their storage, because when they do, they'll recognize there's a better, simpler way. Learn what we mean at

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at

About Ambry Genetics ®

Ambry Genetics is a leader in clinical diagnostic and software solutions, combining both to offer the most comprehensive genetic testing menu in the industry. Ambry is both College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified. As part of the Konica Minolta family, Ambry is responsibly applying new technologies to the clinical molecular diagnostics market to bring about precision medicine. For more information about Ambry Genetics, visit

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