Netezza Corporation unveiled its Netezza Performance Server (NPS) data warehouse for bioinformatics. Integrated with BLAST (SQL-BLAST) and incorporating defined genomic data types, the NPS system delivers increased functionality and performance for large, complex and constantly growing bioinformatics analyses at half the cost of existing data warehouse systems. For genetic researchers, this means faster time to discovery for uncovering defects in proteins, and finding new therapeutic proteins and life-saving cures.
For years, researchers and scientists have been thwarted by the inability of computers to process genomic data at the terabyte level including sequence analysis. The NPS system for bioinformatics is a biology-aware, tera-scale data warehouse that includes data types specific to bioinformatics applications and integrates sequence analysis using BLAST with a SQL relational database. Data processing can now be done in near real time at the source of the data. Full sets of data, rather than sample subsets, can be analyzed for a complete view of patterns and similarities. The NPS system manages fast data loads and optimizes ad hoc and complex queries for maximum performance, transforming the way researchers can use their data.
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