The newly added features include the integration of The Broad Institute’s Integrative Genomics Viewer, the ability to add customer definable tags and metadata, as well as enhanced capabilities for flexible management of data storage.
Integration of the Broad Institute’s Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV)
The Integrative Genomics Viewer (www.broadinstitute.org/igv/) is a high-performance visualization tool for interactive exploration of large, integrated genomic datasets. It supports a wide variety of data types, including array-based and next generation sequencing data, and genomic annotations.
“Data visualization is an essential component of genomic data analysis. However, the size and diversity of the data sets present major challenges to visualization tools. We integrated IGV because it is a high-performance viewer that efficiently handles large heterogeneous data sets, while providing a smooth and intuitive user experience at all levels of genome resolution. The tool fits nicely within our cloud-based application, with performance being one of its key characteristics”, commented Dr. Marc Hogenbirk, Head of Product Management at BlueBee.
Enhanced API-based integration capabilities
The option to add customer definable tags and metadata is strongly linked with the need for large data volume customers to fully integrate the BlueBee solution into their own environment based on API’s. All information related to the tagging is retrievable throughout the processing via the API’s, and can be used within the extensive search functionality through the advanced web interface.
Flexible data retention
The fast increase in throughput of DNA sequencing technology, coupled with the exponentially decreasing prices of DNA data acquisition, has resulted in a computational bottleneck in the analysis of NGS data. In addition, secure, flexible and affordable data storage has become equally challenging. In order to give customers full control and flexibility over the “data retention” or storage requirements, the BlueBee platform has been enhanced with the possibility for users to define data retention profiles in a very granular way, per file type (FASTQ, BAM, VCF, Reports…), per project, pipeline, etc.
“When genomics becomes more standard, clinicians and lab researchers will have less interest in delving into the nuts and bolts of the bioinformatics process, and will expect a secure service that is highly scalable yet affordable,” says BlueBee CEO Hans Cobben. “We enable virtually unlimited scaling up of sequencing capacity while respecting requirements for localised data processing and storage, which is a first in this industry.”