Using Gene Editing Science to Modify DNA and Transform Lives

  • Hyper-converged infrastructure

Life Science

Leveraging the Computing Power of Dell EMC VxRail to Enable Gene-Based Medicines

Leaders in the life science industry thrive by anticipating where the science is going and then racing towards breakthrough discoveries. To achieve this mission, scientists need data to be stored and searchable on-demand at incredible speeds, and that creates a steadily-growing need for more raw computing power.

To take on this challenge, one of the most prominent life science companies worked with ZehnTek. Together, the two companies selected the Dell EMC VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure to deliver the necessary computing power to support gene-editing science that promises to transform medicine as we know it.

And with those real discoveries came real growth. The sub-200 employee organization quickly skyrocketed to over 500 employees within 18 months and is currently doubling in size each year.

With the influx of new employees, offices and manufacturing facilities as well as a pandemic to contend with, the company needed a proven partner like ZehnTek. The company also needed proven technology to deliver the required computing resources to anchor the science throughout the chaos.

Why ZehnTek and Dell EMC VxRail

Cambridge, Massachusetts is the global epicenter of the life science sector. It is a beehive of activity with countless technology vendors offering products and services to support the industry. This life science company chose ZehnTek for its decades of experience in the New England IT solutions market and a direct connection to success in the life science community — by its leadership, shareholders and several members of the core team. Over the course of several months, ZehnTek helped evaluate multiple hyper-converged technologies and vendors to determine the core data center technology to support the customer’s critical science.

Several factors were considered:

  • Benchmark performance – are there metrics to support the compute power requirements?
  • Scalability – can the solution grow with the organization?
  • Viability – will the technology evolve and be supported?
  • Interoperability – how easy is it to manage the data through a hybrid-cloud lifecycle?
  • Cost – do the TCO and the ROI make sense?

Dell EMC is a stable tier-1 enterprise technology company with a long history of powering the most advanced data centers in the world. With the ability to scale to 64-nodes, the initial three-node cluster had plenty of room to grow. And the relationship with VMWare allows for seamless operation and data management through vSphere. Combining these elements with the availability of resources and staff directly from Dell/EMC and ZehnTek made the choice clear.

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