Gen-i in $3m human genome win

Telecom's Gen-i unit has won a $3 million contract to provide computing services for a $40 million government-funded project into studying the human genome.

The three-year deal will see Gen-i provide the IT infrastructure, which will involve the use of cloud computing.

New Zealand Genomics Ltd- which is made up of the Universities of Otago, Auckland and Massey- will offer its genomics service to members of the scientific community by the end of the year.

Gen-i is supplying HP computing and storage infrastructure consisting of very high memory servers, a high performance computer cluster and substantial storage.

Gen-i will host and manage the infrastructure at their Dunedin Centre, which will be connected to KAREN (the New Zealand Research and Educational Network) with a 10GB/s connection.

NZGL acting CIO Dr Phillip Lindsay said software application services, provided by Biomatters Ltd, will be a critical component.

“It’s what allows the raw sequence data to be turned into useful information- information that assists in understanding the molecular basis of disease, identifying genes and variants that can be bred to improve horticultural and agricultural productivity and elucidating the genetic basis upon which organisms develop, interact and behave,” he said.

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