Date
11 December 2017
BT will operate a new cloud service out of Japan, helping researchers collaborate more closely with each other. Photo: internet
BT will operate a new cloud service out of Japan, helping researchers collaborate more closely with each other. Photo: internet

BT unveils Japan cloud service for life sciences research

British Telecom (BT) is tapping Japan to launch a dedicated cloud service for life sciences research. 

The service helps scientists meet increased demand for data and comply with stringent security-related regulations, the company told a media briefing in Hong Kong Wednesday.

Also, it makes collaboration easier among a wider range of research communities and external parties, it said.

BT will operate the service out of Japan where data will be collected and stored in line with its privacy law.

Japan is only the second Asian country to introduce the technology after Singapore which has used it in a genome project in the past two years. 

Genome sequencing techniques require the kind of scalability and time advantage offered by dedicated cloud servers.

The Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) has “peaky” demands in which a small data analysis may involve several gigabytes of capacity while hundreds of processes may occur at same time.

“We can see the result the next day. Previously, it took weeks to get it,” said Professor Michael Rossbach, head of GIS strategic alliances.

GIS develops algorithms that enable scientists to interpret key signals in a sequence of genomics data.

With different algorithms, a scientist can get more accurate and precise information in cancer research and other studies.

This type of cloud solution is yet to make its way into Hong Kong despite its advances in life sciences.

BT also unveiled several other new cloud solutions including “BT One Cloud Cisco”, a global platform for unified communications, and “BT One Cloud Lync”, a fully managed private cloud service with enterprise telephony and video functions.

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