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The Babraham Institute in Cambridge has deployed a high-speed HP networking solution to serve its bandwidth-hungry genome sequencing data needs.

The Babraham Institute in Cambridge has deployed a high-speed HP networking solution to serve its bandwidth-hungry genome sequencing data needs.  

The organisation, which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), undertakes international life sciences research focused on the biological mechanisms underpinning ageing and the maintenance of health. 

The new HP network unifies the Institute’s voice and data communications, enabling rapid sharing of genome data via high-density, ultra-low-latency HP 5900 Series Switches. In addition, HP 5900 Converged Port models enable convergence of the Institute’s local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN). 

The network also facilitates the delivery of shared IT services with commercial tenants leasing space in the Babraham Research Campus buildings, and external academic collaborators.

“Our researchers constantly require the transfer of massive amounts of data between stores and workstations for their everyday work – and it has to be fast,” says Chris Greenwood, head of computing at the Babraham Institute. 

“HP’s flexible, scalable FlexNetwork technology allows us to connect legacy networks between our data centres and gives us the opportunity to increase transfer speeds to 40Gbps.”

For maximum reliability, the HP switches are consolidated into a virtualised fabric with HP’s Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology, which reduces the Institute’s network complexity, minimises management effort and increases resilience by enabling simultaneous active 40Gbps across both data centres. 

“The new HP networking solution allows us to upgrade connectivity to our core services and workstations without replacing physical hardware,” said Carrick Kennedy, networks manager at the Babraham Institute. 

“As well as providing flexibility through additional plug-in modules, it gives us the ability to mix and match copper and fibre 1Gbps, 10Gbps and 40Gbps interfaces to meet increasing user demands, and a licence-free operating system for all features helps to reduce operational costs,” said Kennedy.