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Life Technologies Launches New Sequencing Analysis Software For The Cloud

Posted May 28 2011 10:03pm

We all talk about the future of the cloud and there’s no group that needs it more than the area of genomics and sequencing with the huge amounts of data that is needed to analyze.  Life Technologies is now offering cloud services to where researchers can pay as they go. In addition, the same company also has their smaller Ion Torrent sequencing machine that debuted not too long ago, kind of sits there on the desk like a printer and does the job but with comparing to a full sequencing machine it may take additional time and have some limitations.  BD 

Life Technologies this week launched a new sequence-analysis software package for analyzing and managing data from its 5500 Series SOLiD systems, including an online portal that allows researchers to analyze their data in a cloud computing environment.

The software, dubbed LifeScope Genomic Analysis, is available under a “dual-mode use” model that allows biologists to analyze data via a graphical user interface while bioinformaticians can access more advanced features through a command-line interface.

The software is available as image standalone software, as a cloud-based tool, or it can be purchased preinstalled on a workstation or cluster. Life Technologies partnered with Penguin Computing to develop LifeScope's hardware options.

The cloud offering is available under several pricing models through the portal LifeScopeCloud.com. Under a subscription model, users can pay $1,500 for 3,000 node hours per month and 3 TB of permanent disk storage. The company also offers different pay-as-you-go models, including one for $199 a month that provides access to one core of a Xeon 2.4GHz processor with 4 GB of RAM, and another that allows users to pay $0.35 per core hour.

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The infrastructure for the cluster, workstation, and the cloud are all provided by Penguin Computing.

The software is available as standalone software, as a cloud-based tool, or it can be purchased preinstalled on a workstation or cluster. Life Technologies partnered with Penguin Computing to develop LifeScope's hardware options.


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