Aliyun Partners with BGI to Launch Cloud-based Genome Analytics Engine

Aliyun Partners with BGI to Launch  Cloud-based Genome Analytics Engine

Hangzhou, February 29, 2016 Aliyun, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced that BGI Genomics, the world’s largest genomics organization, has launched a genome analytics engine — BGI Online (beta version) — using Aliyun cloud computing. As the first large-scale bioinformatics analysis platform on Aliyun, BGI Online is a key milestone towards sequencing an individual human genome within 24 hours.

The booming life sciences industry is generating massive volumes of research data, creating new challenges to researchers seeking to obtain data in a timely manner, analyze and process it rapidly, and store it securely. BGI Online (beta), the first large-scale bioinformatics analysis platform to run fully on the Aliyun cloud, was developed to address these issues.

The beta service integrates high-performance computing, secure networking and large-capacity storage, allowing data analysis, visualization and reporting on the cloud, which assists researchers to obtain actionable insights quickly and easily. Users of BGI Online can access their own data on this platform, design personalized, accurate data analyses, and share both data and results easily with other authorized users.

Simon Hu, President of Aliyun said, “2016 will see a revolution in life sciences and the exponential growth of new businesses based on data. Genomics will soon intersect with precision medicine. Aliyun will continue to promote innovation to address new challenges in data processing, analysis and storage brought about by the explosive growth in life sciences.”

Running as an Aliyun hybrid cloud deployment, BGI Online leverages the premium scalability and performance of Aliyun Elastic Computing services to handle a wide range of scenarios with heavy computing, storage and data transmission requirements, from basic research and crop breeding to clinical applications. Aliyun also satisfies BGI’s stringent requirements for data processing, security and data privacy.

BGI Online (beta) is a major deliverable of the October 2015 commitment signed by Aliyun, Intel Corporation and BGI at the 10th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-10) in Shenzhen to develop the first cloud solutions for precision medicine in the Asia Pacific.

Ye Yin, CEO of BGI Genomics said, “Our goal is to complete sequencing, analysis and interpret a person’s entire genome in 24 hours through our BGISEQ-500 sequencer and BGI Online platform. Though this is an enormous challenge, the value to life is well worth the effort. This work will give China sustainable growth opportunities in life sciences over the next few decades. Wish more talents in cloud computing and bioinformatics area could join us to make it happen earlier.”

BGI Online enables research institutes, medical facilities as well as small and medium sized genomics enterprises to eliminate the need to build and support expensive data centers. By outsourcing the complexities of network security, data processing and hardware maintenance to BGI and Aliyun, doctors and researchers can focus more on solving scientific mysteries.

About BGI

BGI was founded in 1999 with the vision of using genomics to benefit mankind and has since become the largest genomic organization in the world. With a focus on research and applications in the healthcare, agriculture, conservation, and environmental fields, BGI has a proven track record of innovative, high profile research, which has generated over 1,000 publications, many in top-tier journals such as Nature and Science.The company also contributes to scientific communication by publishing the international research journal GigaScience.

BGI’s distinguished achievements have made a significant contribution to the development of genomics throughout the world.  BGI’s goal is to make state-of-the-art genomics highly accessible to the global research community and clinical markets by integrating the industry’s broadest array of leading technologies, including BGI’s own BGISEQ sequencing platform, economies of scale, and expert bioinformatics resources.

BGI also offers a wide portfolio of transformative genetic testing products across major diseases, enabling medical providers and patients worldwide to realize the promise of genomics-based diagnostics and personalized healthcare. BGI’s services and solutions are available in more than 50 countries around the world.

About Aliyun

Established in September 2009, Aliyun (, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support the participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers, and other third-party customers and businesses. Aliyun is a business within Alibaba Group.


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