Cancer, Big Data and Storage

I was very intrigued with the concept. The SmartPlanet article links to the original research, which says, “Patients are increasingly presenting with ‘rare cancers,’ more narrowly defined by their molecular characteristics, sometimes making the best course of treatment unclear. Today more than ever, oncologists need real-time decision support to help them provide the most effective treatments tailored to their patients’ unique biology and tumors.”

All I can say is WOW. We all know people who have gotten cancer. Some have lived, some have died, and all have struggled with the treatment. The hope is that this new data will help improve the lives of those who get cancer, improving survivability and lowering the impact of treatment.

Analyzing all this data is going to take a lot of storage. Let’s explore this one big data application and see what the storage impact will be.