Queensland Brain Institute to Accelerate Brain Research with Brocade

Dec 9, 2016

The Queensland Brain Institute in Australia is one of the world’s largest dedicated facilities focused on understanding how the brain works and finding ways to prevent diseases.

While it has been remarkably successful in making major neuroscientific discoveries—with an Alzheimer's breakthrough among the world’s most discussed medical research last year—the difficulty accessing, storing, and managing increasingly large data sets from brain imaging and microscopy devices is a constant consideration.

Continuous improvement is vitally important to ensure scientific research staff have a “zero friction” experience in their workflows.

Queensland Brain Institute will become the first organization in Australia to migrate to Brocade® Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking solutions, and Brocade G620 switches will be deployed to provide the speed and performance the Institute needs to eliminate data bottlenecks and accelerate research into preventing brain diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.

The switch deployment will form a fully redundant, low-latency storage network fabric with 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) links—which can be combined into a 128 Gbps framed-based trunk—capable of dealing with the most demanding data flows. These switches will operate alongside Brocade 6510 Gen 5 Fibre Channel switches the Queensland Brain Institute is already using to handle its less demanding storage network requirements.

The Brocade G620-based Fibre Channel fabric is part of an integrated storage solution alongside high-performance storage arrays from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and a high-end file server and preservation platform from Oracle (Hierarchical Storage Manager) to control the flow of data between storage layers.

This next-generation storage infrastructure is designed to future-proof the institute by eliminating performance barriers and helping to deliver data processing on demand. This approach will enable scientists to have seamless access to the data they need to carry out the Queensland Brain Institute’s important research. It also provides appropriate governance and preservation layers in an increasingly complex sector, in regard to reproducibility and immutability.