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Leading Genomic Research Institute Trusts its Data Storage to Fujifilm’s Dternity

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VALHALLA, N.Y., March 23, 2015FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation and the leading global manufacturer of data storage tape, today announced that The Whitehead Institute, based in Cambridge, MA, trusts its massive information storage needs to Fujifilm’s Dternity total data solution. Combining on-premise Network Attached Storage with secure offsite archiving, Dternity provides a seamless, scalable and easy-to-use solution for the preservation and protection of critical data.
The Whitehead Institute takes on some of the most complex and important medical and scientific challenges ever presented to mankind. In the 33 years since its founding, it has become one of the world’s leading molecular biology and genetics research institutes, employing multiple National Medal of Science winners. In fact, the Whitehead Institute was a key contributor to the 13-year Human Genome Project, a groundbreaking study that unlocked an entirely new understanding of how humans react to viruses, bacteria and drug therapy.
All of that data-intensive research generates an enormous amount of highly sensitive and critical information, which translates into a unique set of challenges for the Institute’s IT team.
“We were immediately impressed with Dternity’s simplicity and ability to cost-effectively scale along with our needs,” Paul McCabe, senior Unix Systems administrator and data center specialist. “We also liked the way Fujifilm structures its licensing model in large bands, rather than the ‘by the terabyte’ model offered by other vendors. Overall, it matched very well with our requirements.”
To date, the IT team has seen an overall decrease in administrative time associated with backing up and archiving research data due to the system’s ease of use, its linear scalability and significant cost savings.
Additional benefits include:

  • Massive scalability: Dternity is able to accommodate the spiraling data growth nature of the Institute’s research projects;
  • Data cascading: Dternity allows data to seamlessly flow between their data tiers, depending on capacity requirements;
  • Operating expense reductions: simplified management drives lower administrative time and staffing requirements.

 “The Whitehead Institute successfully overcame the tremendous challenge of storing and protecting a massive amount of invaluable research by trusting Dternity to give them the flexibility, scalability and cost savings that they needed,” said Peter Faulhaber, president, FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc. “We are very proud to work with The Whitehead Institute as they continue their mission of improving the human condition through medical research.”
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About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. is the US-based manufacturing, marketing and sales operations of professional broadcast video and data tape recording media for FUJIFILM Corporation. The company provides broadcast and data center customers and industry partners with a wide range of unique data center accessories, value-added services and archival solutions, including Dternity. Based on a history of thin-film engineering and magnetic particle science such as Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology, Fujifilm creates breakthrough data storage products. In 2013, Fujifilm surpassed the 100 million milestone for the number of LTO Ultrium data cartridges manufactured and sold since introduction, establishing the company’s leadership and success as the leading global manufacturer of mid-range and enterprise data tape. For more information on Fujifilm Recording Media products, customers can call 800-488-3854 or go to To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe free at
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit:
About Whitehead Institute
Whitehead Institute is a world-renowned non-profit research institution dedicated to improving human health through basic biomedical research. By cultivating a deeply collaborative culture and enabling the pursuit of bold, creative inquiry, Whitehead fosters paradigm-shifting scientific achievement. For more than 30 years, Whitehead faculty have delivered breakthroughs that have transformed our understanding of biology and accelerated development of therapies for such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and certain cancers.
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