Angela MaGill

Digital Transformation That Transforms Lives

Blog Post created by Angela MaGill Employee on Jan 15, 2019

Here at Hitachi Vantara, we use the term “double bottom line” to describe what it means for a business to benefit not only financially, but also for the greater good of society.


Yes, we are a storage, software and services company, and yes we sell technology.  But we also have the potential to make a social impact that is just as amazing as the technology we create.  We strive for those win-win situations, and we celebrate them when the double bottom line is realized.


This is what makes customers like Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) so special.


Hitachi Vantara and Broadcom Fuel Queensland Brain Institute’s Vital Research


QBI is a research center in Australia devoted to neuroscience and the search for cures to various brain diseases including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and more.  What makes QBI so unique for our business is how they push the maximum limits of storage technologies.  It’s common for QBI researchers to generate, share, analyze, and store massive amounts of data on a daily basis. According to Jake Carroll, Associate Director of Research Computing at QBI, “We have one particular device producing 7TB of data an hour. One experiment produces 500TB a day. That’s a half a petabyte per day just for one simulation.”


These overwhelmingly large data sets come from extremely high-resolution images like brain scans which must be quickly & easily accessed for various experiments. An even greater issue is sharing these images among hundreds of researchers each conducting their own analysis. As a result, QBI presented an incredible storage and networking challenge.


The only solution  that can tackle the incredible amount of data generated by QBI is the combination of Hitachi Vantara Hybrid flash storage and Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking.


Since 2000, our partner Brocade, a Broadcom Inc. Company, has been by our side helping us solve the networking aspects of unique customer challenges. The latest Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking portfolio has the bandwidth, performance, and reliability that the QBI environment requires.


Using state of the art technology from Hitachi Vantara and Brocade means QBI’s research and insights can be delivered to the medical community sooner, which brings us all closer to a cure for brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and that’s a win-win for all of us.  #ENDALZ @QBI


Queensland Brain Institute Pushes Technology To The Limit