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Balancing Storage Performance and Energy Consumption 
Model Aims to Give Insight into Heart Disease Mechanisms
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Balancing Storage Performance and Energy Consumption
By Salvatore Salamone

Tiered storage has been at the heart of data management strategies for many years. Now, it is increasingly important as new experiments and lab equipment produce larger volumes of data, and more of that data needs to be kept online and available (as opposed to archiving it offline on tape).

With tiered storage, the challenge has always been where to physically put data so that it is on a device with suitable performance characteristics to match an application's needs.

Naturally, a cost/performance analysis is involved: Simply putting all data on the highest-performing systems would be quite pricey.
Complicating matters is a new cost factor: energy efficiency. As is the case with servers, newer, higher-performance storage devices and systems typically use more electricity. These systems often incorporate the newest processors and disk arrays, both of which normally consume more energy. Read more.

Model Aims to Give Insight into Heart Disease Mechanisms
By Salvatore Salamone

To get a better understanding how the mechanisms of certain diseases work in order to develop better drugs and better treatments, researchers at the Universit� de Montr�al (UdM) have run a two billion element model of the heart, which they claim is the largest mathematical simulation of a heart ever assembled.
The model seeks to discover the electrical triggers and mechanisms of the various kinds of heart disease. Once the disease mechanisms are fully understood, researchers will then be able to devise the best drug or cure - surgical or otherwise. Read more.


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Sun Microsystems announced an agreement to acquire MySQL AB, the developer of the widely used open source database MySQL. Many life sciences organizations use MySQL to build customized applications that require a back-end database. More than 100 million copies of MySQL have been downloaded and distributed. And the company says that number is growing by about 50,000 copies a day. In many cases, the software is used with other open source programs in what is known as the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl) platform. Sun says it is committed to enhancing and optimizing the LAMP stack on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows, as well as with OpenSolaris and MAC OS X. Sun will pay approximately $800 million for the company.

Oracle announced an agreement to acquire enterprise infrastructure software developer BEA Systems. Oracle says the addition of BEA products will allow the company to "significantly enhance and extend" Oracle's Fusion middleware software suite. When announcing the deal last week, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison discussed how the two solutions might complement one another. "Oracle Fusion middleware has an open hot-pluggable architecture that allows customers the option of coupling BEA's WebLogic Java Server to virtually all the components of the Fusion software suite. That's just one example of how customers can choose among Oracle and BEA middleware products, knowing that those products will interoperate and be supported for years to come." The deal is valued at roughly $8.5 billion dollars.

Dell this week announced PowerEdge M-Series blade servers, new energy-efficient servers for high-performance computing applications. Dell says the M-Series was designed from the ground up using Dell Energy Smart technologies to conserve electricity. It claims the blades consume in one case 19 percent less power and deliver 25 percent better performance per watt, and in another case 12 percent less energy and up to 28 percent better performance per watt, than competitors' comparable servers. The new M1000e blade enclosure is available now with a starting price of $5,999; M-Series blades start at $1,849.



Software Engineer, Bioinformatician-  -ISB - Job #07-052
The Institute for Systems Biology's (ISB)
 Computational Core seeks qualified candidates to join its growing bioinformatics team.  For a full description and application instructions, please visit  ISB is an M/F/D/EOE.

Bio-Informatics Scientist -Van Andel Institute -  
opening at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Position supports collaborators using XB Bio-Integration Suite Software.  Qualified candidates will have Ph.D. in molecular biology or related discipline.  Two years post-doctoral training and experience in bioinformatics analysis of high throughput biological datasets.

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Med-e-Tel, The International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, offers opportunities to meet and network with qualified buyers, specialists, users, healthcare providers, industry representatives, researchers and policy makers from 50 countries around the world.  The event provides hands-on experience and an opportunity to discover and evaluate new products, systems and technologies and to hear about the latest ehealth/telemedicine news and trends. Med-e-Tel features an extensive educational and conference program with more than 150 presentations and workshops on a wide variety of telemedicine and ehealth topics.
Med-e-Tel 2008 is scheduled for 16-18 April in Luxembourg.

TEPR 2008 - May 17-21, 2008
Mark your calendars for the premier EMR event of the year!  The 24th Annual TEPR Conference (Towards the Electronic Patient Record) will be held in sunny Ft. Lauderdale on May 17-21 of 2008.  Sponsored by Medical Records Institute, TEPR is an international conference which attracts over 3,500 decision makers interested in keeping up-to-date on all the latest EHR developments. With 22 parallel sessions each day and hundreds of industry exhibitors TEPR is widely recognized as the best annual educational conference and exhibition for health IT professionals and all others journeying Towards the Electronic Patient Record. With hundreds of vendor exhibits, world renowned speakers, and presentations by industry experts, this is an HIT event you don't want to miss!  For more information or to register, visit


Laboratory Informatics, March 25-April 3, 2008 San Francisco CA. 
IQPC's 3rd Laboratory Informatics conference is timed to influence developments in a rapidly advancing field by bringing together the major users and providers in the broad field of laboratory informatics. The conference is targeted at decision makers, policy strategists, problem solvers, advisors, researchers and consultants in the fields of chemical and laboratory informatics.
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Lean Six Sigma for Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Excellence
February 25-27, 2008, Philadelphia, PA.  At the 5th Lean Six Sigma for Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device Excellence we will bring you case studies that tackle the problems you are encountering, provide you with real-world solutions to your problems and introduce you to industry peers who have been able to overcome many of the challenges that Lean Six Sigma presents. 
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The Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA) presents LabAutomation 2008, January 26-30, in Palm Springs, CA. LabAutomation2008, the world's largest conference and exhibition focused exclusively on the rapidly growing field of laboratory automation, brings together a diverse group of academicians, scientists, engineers, business leaders, post-docs and graduate students from around the globe. For more details clicks here

Best Practices Awards Program - April 29, 2008
Bio-IT World announces its 2008 Best Practices Awards Program and calls for entries. Established in 2003, this prestigious award program recognizes the innovative utilization of technology and business strategies to accelerate drug and clinical development and ultimately improve human health.
 Click here for complete details and submit your entry today!

MIT Advanced Study Program  - Register for Spring 2008
Put MIT to work for you. The MIT Advanced Study Program (ASP) is now accepting applications for the Spring 2008 term.  ASP provides full and part-time certificate programs to working professionals at any stage of their careers. The program includes a flexible curriculum of MIT courses designed around the goals of participants and their sponsors. 
 Visit our website to view participant profiles & comments, watch our program video, and find out if MIT is right for you.

To have your event featured here, contact Lynn Cloonan for more information.

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There is still time to submit a Best Practices Awards entry, as the deadline has been extended to January 31, 2008.  The Best Practices Awards Program recognizes teams for their innovation and excellence in the use of technology to advance drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical research.  Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your organization's efforts and to contribute to the industry's broader knowledge base.

Click here for more information and to submit your entry today!


NuGenesis SDMS: Improving Data Accessiblity and Intellectual Property Managment 

Global pharmaceutical company improves the accessibility and intellectual property management
of drug candidate data with Waters� NuGenesis� SDMS software. Download the case study.
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Absolute Software
A Layered Approach to Computer Security for Healthcare Organizations

With the widespread adoption of electronic health records and laptop computers, healthcare organizations face increased risk of data breaches. The loss of a computer compromises patient privacy, and exposes organizations to damaging publicity and HIPAA compliance challenges. This paper outlines a multilayered approach to computer security, complementing encryption with theft recovery and remote data delete capabilities to ensure the highest standard of protection. Download Now!

Master Control
How Effective Document Management Can Help Accelerate Time to Market

How Effective Document Management Can Help Accelerate Time to Market In the drug development process, time is indeed money. So it only makes sense to try to reduce delays in every phase of the process and speed up time to market. But how and where do you begin to save time? This white paper suggests that you start with the most basic activity-document management. This white paper discusses how effective document management can accelerate time to market  Click here to download whitepaper


Streamlining the Chromatographic Method Validation Process
Chromatographic method validation is a critical step in the workflow of pharmaceutical, food safety, chemical, and environmental laboratories. It can adversely impact regulatory compliance, product development, and ultimately product release and availability. Empower 2 Method Validation Manager is a business critical software that reduces the time and costs required to perform chromatographic method validation by as much as 80%. This whitepaper discusses how.
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Bio-IT World proudly introduces Life Science Webcasts -- a series of informal conversations with leading researchers and executives in the bio-IT and biopharma arena. This week, Dr. Jerald Schindler (VP, late stage clinical development statistics, Merck) discusses e-clinical research with Bio-IT World's Kevin Davies.

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Salvatore Salamone
Senior Contributing Editor

Salvatore Salamone is Bio-IT World's senior contributing editor for information technology. He has over 16 years' experience writing about networking technology and is the author of three books, including The Complete Guide to VPNs (published by InternetWeek, 1999), LAN Times Guide to Managing Remote Connectivity (Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1997), and Reducing the Cost of LAN Ownership (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995, co-written with Greg Gianforte).

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