Big Data Biopharma Forum

full_panel_alexis_borisey_of_third_rock_speakingEver wonder what Biopharma, Medical and Data Centers have in common? Just ask the experts. Last week, as part of the Biotech Showcase happening here in San Francisco at the Parc 55 Hotel, I attended a breakfast seminar entitled “Big Data Biopharma Forum” presented by FierceBiotech in which the panel discussed “the impact of the much-hyped Big Data phenomenon on their biopharma operations…”. Essentially, it was a lively discussion regarding HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and the need for privacy, accurate information and dissemination of the information, storage of the information, and what to do with all of the information. In the closing statements by the forum participants, it looks like the storage of each individual’s health history could drive the need for significant storage capabilities in the Cloud. Although it was agreed that the significant storage probably won’t be needed for 15-20 years, it’s just one more example of the significant role Data Centers will play in the evolution of information.

Since most of these records are likely not needed instantaneously, thus latency is likely not going to be an issue, the need for this type of storage will potentially open the door for Cloud Facilities outside of the traditional Data Center Hubs of Silicon Valley, Portland, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York/New Jersey and Washington D.C. Just look at what Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Apple have been doing by distributing their facilities worldwide and conditioning their users to accept a certain level of latency. Yes, distributed Data Centers are coming to a State or Country near you.

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