New BaseSpace Features and Tiers

[Updated on January 19th, 2016]

We launched BaseSpace in 2011 with a commitment towards ‘simplifying the informatics experience‘, and we have delivered via frequent feature releases, feature improvements, and a growing ecosystem of informatics Applications (Apps). Currently we have more than 60 BaseSpace Apps covering a wide range of bioinformatics analysis needs from alignment and variant calling to metagenomics, and even proteomics. Users can also run their own analysis pipelines on BaseSpace as private Apps. With the recent NeoPrep integration, users can set up a library prep, monitor sequencing while uploading data directly from the instrument, and analyze the data for a truly end-to-end experience, all within the secure BaseSpace cloud environment.

In the last several years, Illumina has continued to innovate, expanding its sequencing systems portfolio to offer a wide range of solutions from the focused power of the MiSeq to the population power of the HiSeq X. The rapidly growing adoption of these systems and their varied applications have resulted in increasingly diverse customers needs in terms of bioinformatics support. To serve these diverse needs, we are excited to announce the addition of a number of new features to the BaseSpace platform. These features have been packaged into two new subscription levels based on use cases: Professional and Enterprise.

The basic BaseSpace account will be available for free, and will include 1TB storage space. With the basic subscription, users can monitor sequencing runs, stream sequencing data directly to the cloud, store and share data, and access all Apps. The early access Linux-based command line interface, BaseMount, will continue to be available as well.

BaseSpace Professional includes these basic features and adds the convenience of multi-user account access. This feature allows multiple personnel within labs, organizations, consortium etc to access a common account with their individual logins.  Subscriptions will include license for unlimited number of users.

BaseSpace Enterprise adds functionalities useful for larger organizations: subscribers will get their own BaseSpace domain with up to 25 users (and option to add more), single-sign on using institutional credentials, and the capability to form groups within the domain. This level also supports features such as fleet monitoring (ability to monitor multiple instruments and statistical information on sequencing runs over time), and the ability to integrate BaseSpace with LIMS (to be available later).

Both Professional and Enterprise subscriptions will include support to help NGS users with questions regarding genomic analysis and bioinformatics workflows. The Professional and Enterprise subscriptions will be available in early 2016 and additional details on pricing and ordering process will be provided soon.

BaseSpace users at Professional and above will be able to purchase additional storage (over the 1TB limit) as annual subscriptions in multiples of 1TB. Storage will be charged at Amazon Web Service (AWS) retail prices (currently $360/TB/yr for storage under 50TB).

Computation for running Apps on BaseSpace will be offered free to all users till March 2016*. Subsequently, computation will be available for purchase at AWS retail rates, Both new and existing customers will receive an introductory $250 in computation credit for trying out various Apps.

Please note that this announcement will have no immediate effect on the users of BaseSpace. Users will continue to have access to all current features and storage. Users will soon receive an e-mail with details about storage and account upgrade options.

We thank the ever-growing community of BaseSpace users for their support and look forward to rolling out new these features, as well as more Apps. Stay tuned!


*Subscription charges for paid Third-party Apps will apply.

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