This week I was asked to comment what can only be described as a Flash Flood of EF540 /550 All Flash Array
success stories. This one was a bit different for reasons that will hopefully become clear. The organisation is a
worldwide biopharmaceutical company, based in Brussels, called UCB.
Their focus is developing new medicines to treat
debilitating conditions and diseases such as epilepsy,
arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. The challenge that
companies working in this area face is data growth.
Data volumes that double every 18 months are a real
test. But more of a challenge is processing this
increasing volume of data. The time to analyse this
volume and get to the results is of the utmost importance,
not only to the company, but also to the patients.
With the challenges of turning around clinical trial results in an acceptable timescale UCB reached the decision
to evaluate Flash Technologies as a potential solution to accelerating the analysis process. UCB use special SAS
database software for analysis of clinical trial data . It was this database that proved so sensitive to performance
and timely turnaround of results. Working with SAS and NetApp UCB put the clinical studies database on a
NetAPP EF540 All Flash Array. The results proved to be stunning as they experienced a 20 fold improvement in
analysis and results processing speed on the Flash Array. The SAS engineers were amazed ! Not only was the
performance good but the solution achieved a maximum reliability score.
While the EF540 solution clearly gave UCB the competitive edge, for me the real winners are the patients.
I know this because my son suffered with epilepsy when very young. The drugs he was prescribed stopped the
epilepsy dead in its tracks. He then continued to develop and today he has recently passed all his school
Without those drugs he would not have developed and it would
be a very different story today. There is no doubt that Flash technologies
enable businesses to move into a higher gear, and that this has tangible
business benefits for companies such as UCB. It also has a massive
impact on humanity when the ability to analyse data faster results in
pharmaceutical products that change and enable peoples lives.
Rip Wilson's Tech Blog on the EF550: https://communities.netapp.com/docs/DOC-31477
Please take the time to read how UCB took the decision to implement the EF540 All Flash Array, and the
results they are experiencing :
UCB EF540 Story English Version attached below
UCB EF540 Story Dutch Version http://www.netapp.com/nl/system/pdf-reader.aspx?m=css-ucb-ef540-flash-nl.pdf