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October 10, 2012

BT and Aspera Join Forces to Boost R&D Cloud Services

The business world is deluged with big data and so too is the life sciences industry. Life sciences companies are flooded with terabytes of data produced by experimental runs, creating an urgency to optimize, manage, transfer, store and protect the vast quantity of data that is being created.

But, for scientists to share these resources, normal file transfer technologies are inadequate and physical transportation of hard disks between continents is impractical.

So what's the way out? Well, BT for Life Sciences R&D, which launched a cloud-based platform in 2012, has joined hands with Aspera (News - Alert), Inc., to bring speed, flexibility, compliance and security to the R&D processes by enabling scientists and resources to connect.

Aspera integrates its unique patented fasp file transfer technology into what is claimed to be the first cloud service designed to enable collaboration within the life sciences industry for increased R&D productivity, said officials.

BT (News - Alert) has delivered a highly secure cloud solution which also meets their stringent regulatory needs, while Aspera powers the use of the BT cloud by enabling the fastest file transfers at global distances supporting researchers worldwide," said Michelle Munson, co-founder and CEO of Aspera.

Thus, Aspera's transfer technology claims to eliminate the typical hurdles of ordinary file transfer technologies, delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, regardless of the size of data and the distance between the endpoints and network conditions.

“Scientists will be delighted by the competitive advantage brought to our platform by the combination of Aspera's technology with the breadth and depth of the BT Connect portfolio of intelligent network solutions," said Bas Burger, president, global commerce in BT, while commenting on the partnership.

The data is delivered through an intuitive user interface, with real-time visual monitoring and bandwidth utilization and sharing controls, and secured through sophisticated authentication, data encryption and data integrity verification.

According to Munson, this alliance is advantageous for Life Science companies that have been unable to take advantage of the cloud as a strategic alternative to building out expensive data centers because of concerns over regulations and security and limitations of transferring big research data.

As chair of the NGS analysis workflow optimization sessions at Bio-IT World Europe Conference & Expo, Aspera co-founder and president Michelle Munson will deliver opening remarks and present, "High-Speed Data Movement for Effective Global Collaboration in Genomic Research" on October 11, 2012.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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