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Windows Vista: Can You Skip It? 
10 Gb Ethernet Storage Group Forms 
Other Bio-IT Stories of Interest
Commentary: Data Protection: Eliminate the User
Webcast: Samuel Levy on Sequence Analysis; Genetic Variation (SNPs)

Windows Vista: Can You Skip It?
By Salvatore Salamone

Those who have been putting off the move to Windows Vista are going to have to make a decision about what to do very soon.

After an earlier extension, Microsoft will no longer provide retailers and computer manufacturers with shrink-wrapped or OEM licenses for Windows XP after June 30. This despite the passionate pleas of ardent users who do not want to make the switch. For instance, as of April 16, 153,623 people had signed InfoWorld's "Save XP" petition.

For many, the delay in migrating to Vista is fueled by concerns about potential problems when making the move. Some applications, particularly legacy and homegrown apps, may have compatibility problems with Vista. Driver support for lab equipment, printers, input devices, and other gadgets, while rapidly improving, still poses some challenges. Read more.

10 Gb Ethernet Storage Group Forms
By Salvatore Salamone

Server virtualization and storage consolidation are placing new performance demands on the switching infrastructure that ties these systems together.

For years, Fibre Channel has been the architecture of choice in high-performance settings, such as is common in many life science research environments where large volumes of data are analyzed and visualized. However, Fibre Channel's cost and management complexity didn't make it the best choice for many organizations.

This month, a group of storage vendors banded together to form the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Storage Alliance. The purpose of the alliance is "to increase awareness and enterprise deployments of 10 Gigabit Ethernet as the superior storage networking infrastructure for server virtualization and enterprise-wide storage consolidation given its proven interoperability, low cost, common management, and high performance." Read more.

Other Bio-IT Stories of Interest

Dealing with the Data Deluge: Three Things IT Should Do

Google's Enterprise Search Finds Life Sciences

Helicos BioSciences' Kristen Stoops on Next-Gen Data Management



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Mayo Clinic – Job #19191 - Unit Head – IT
Location:  Rochester, MN.  Oversee software development and support for research and operational activities for Health Sciences Research and Nursing Research departments. Recruit, manage, and mentor IT personnel; provide budget administration, client/vendor management, strategic planning and project coordination, planning, and estimating. Qualifications:  BS degree in computer science or similar field (master’s in computer science, management or health/clinical informatics desirable), and 6+ years’ professional IT.  Apply online at:

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Systems Administrator (23835)
A biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering breakthrough treatments for human disease seeks a highly qualified Systems Administrator with Unix background to maintain the Unix computing environment high-performance computing systems and laboratory devices in our Princeton, New Jersey location.  Candidates experienced in Cheminformatics and/or high performance computing (HPC) are highly preferred.  Oracle Database Administration expertise is a plus.  for complete details on this position visit: For immediate consideration, please send your CV to

Mayo Clinic – Job #19178- Unit Head – IT
Location:  Rochester, MN.  Responsible for project coordination, planning and estimating, as well as budget administration, client/vendor management and strategic planning; plus coordinating technical resources that support research projects, journal publications, grant/contract preparation and scholarly activities. Qualifications: BS degree in computer science or a related field plus 6+ years’ IT experience.  Apply online at:

Titian Software - US Support Engineer
Become a key member of our Support staff by providing “best in class” services to our customers. Investigate, diagnose, resolve, and be responsible for resolution of customer support issues and liaise with our UK Software Development team to suggest, request and perform code and product changes based on field experience. For more information and to apply: 

Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery (LSCDD) - Associate Director of Informatics,
Lead and mentor a strong team for the Bioinformatics group at the Integrative Computational Sciences (ICS) department at LSCDD towards the development of novel algorithms, data analysis methods and software tools for drug discovery. Work closely with the Software Engineering group at ICS, and collaborate with the Discovery IT organization in Europe and USA. For additional information, or to apply visit:

Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery (LSCDD)- Senior Bioinformatics Scientist,Contribute to the development of novel algorithms, data analysis methods and software tools for drug discovery as part of the Integrative Computational Sciences (ICS) department at LSCDD.  Work closely with informatics and software engineering peers at ICS, and collaborate with the Discovery IT organization in Europe and USA. The successful candidate will offer hands-on insight and expertise in tailored therapeutic informatics and statistical analyses at the post-genomic era. For additional information, or to apply visit: LSCDD   

Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery(LSCDD) -Senior Software Engineer,
Join a strong team of software engineers in our Integrative Computational Sciences (ICS) at LSCDD. Collaborate with, and help develop integrated applications to process and visualize data from cutting-edge technologies used by scientists at Lilly Research Labs (LRL) and the Drug Discovery Research (DDR) teams. The Software Engineering team provides computational tools and tailored software solutions that enable the global effort of Tailored Therapeutics; ‘The Right Drug, at The Right Dose for The Right Patient at The Right Time'. For additional information, or to apply visit:

Agilent Technologies-Asia Pacific - Job Requisition: 2021927
Job Title :   Application Engineer and Implementation Specialist for Lab Informatics Platform
Location(s) :  Bangalore, India.  Project management: small to large scale implementations, including integration/ validation of Agilent’s software platform.  Manage assigned customer account relationship, customer satisfaction and education of future Agilent plans.  On time and on budget implementation, focus Pharma, Petro and Chemical markets.  Qualifications:  BS/’MS Degree in Computer Engineering, or other related discipline or equivalent.

Agilent Technologies-Asia Pacific - Job Requisition:2021658, Job Title : Product Specialist – Laboratory Informatics Location(s) :  Bangalore, India.  Proactively understand customer needs and identify solutions to actively create business opportunities.  Manage a complex, enterprise solution sale with long sales cycle.  Develop approaches to achieve quota strategies.  Lead coordinated projects across organizations.  Solve complex broad range of problems.  Qualifications:  BS/MS Degree in Sciences, Engineering, Computer or equivalent plus 5 to 8 years work experience. Apply  

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The 1st Symposium on Protein Tomography -- May 1, 2008, Boston, MA  

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


InforSense Translational Research Symposium, May 2,2008, Boston, MA 

Put MIT to work for you - ASP Info Session May 6,  Cambridge,MA 
The Post-Approval Summit  May 14-15, 2008, The Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 

TEPR 2008 -- May 17-21, 2008 Ft. Lauderdale,FL 

EMC World 2008, May 19-22, 2008, Las Vegas,NV 

BIO International Convention - June 17 – 20, 2008, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

GOT Summit: Getting Optimized Tools for Diagnostics - May 19-21, 2008, Boston,MA

Best Practices Awards Program -- April 29, 2008, Boston, MA 

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Data Protection: Eliminate the User
By Salvatore Salamone

Last month, I wrote about an NIH laptop theft that exposed the personal information of 2,500 clinical trial patients. The article triggered a flood of email from readers - some offering suggestions, but most looking for help to prevent such an incident of their own.

What was clear in these messages is that the combination of today's greater mobility and the increased interest in data theft by criminals requires a new approach to protecting data. Specifically, while technology is required, the user must also be taken into account. Read more.


SGI's Meeting Today’s Computational Needs for Science

The quest to better understand disease mechanisms and find new treatments is driven by new laboratory technologies and ever-more sophisticated modeling and simulation efforts. As such, life sciences R&D investigations increasingly are relying on more powerful computing resources. The challenge is how to accommodate the broad mix of applications.
Addressing this issue, this paper produced by the Bio-IT World Custom Publishing Group discusses a new SGI Hybrid Computing Environment approach. It optimally uses shared memory systems, multi-processor clusters, and FPGAs to accelerate computational workflows. Download This Free Paper 

SGI's Supercharging Proteomics Discovery

The deeper study of proteins and their interactions can reveal scientific information once considered nearly untouchable to scientists and researchers. Today, unprecedented advancements in computing power are enabling the creation of mounds of proteomic based data along with the accompanying bottlenecks data can create.  Rather than just “simplify the experiment” to fit the computational resources an alternative is now available with the SGI Proteomics Appliance. This complimentary white paper, produced by the Bio-IT World Custom Publishing Group, looks at ways to use the Proteomic Appliance to handle the most intensive proteomics computing tasks facing science today. Download This Free Paper

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This week, Dr. Samuel Levy, (senior scientist, Human Genomic Medicine, J. Craig Venter Institute) discusses 'Sequencing of the first diploid human genome--that of Craig Venter' with Bio-IT World's Kevin Davies.

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Salvatore Salamone
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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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