Acquifer HIVE

Centralized Data Storage and Computing Solution

Data Management

Designed for the pragmatic, biology-focused scientist, the HIVE platform boosts productivity in microscopy facilities and screening labs. HIVE is a high speed centralized data repository that removes the need to constantly move or duplicate data sets in processing and analysis workflows. Its modular design integrates high speed processing, visualization, remote access, project management, flexibility, data security, scalability and ease of use in one unit. It saves time, space, costs and administrator workload.

data storage
Offers microscopy image data management, accessible from wherever you are.
instruments and software
Works with virtually all microscopy instrument suppliers and runs your processing software of choice.
Provides processing computing power and storage in one unit, requiring no data transfers and copying.

HIVE Modules for Scalability

The Acquifer HIVE is a modular system with each module optimized for computation, storage, or networking. The four available standard modules include:

  • DATA for fast and secure storage
  • CORE for processing
  • NET for communication, 10 Gbit/s connection to all your microscopes
  • GPU for visualization, GPU processing and machine learning

Two add-on modules include:

  • SAT for computation
  • BACKUP for safety
Acquifer HIVE is a modular system, and its core modules are suited for computation, storage, and networking.
Data Processing


Acquifer HIVE combines processing computing power and storage, eliminating the need for data transfers and copying. This streamlined approach is supported by a dedicated high-bandwidth network with up to 200 Gbit speed, ensuring uninterrupted network traffic.

The HIVE works with virtually all supplier's microscopy instruments and processing software solutions, including Windows, Fiji, Knime, OMERO, Arivis Vision4D, Imaris, ZEN, LAS X, Nikon Elements, Huygens, Python, and CellProfiler.

This compatibility with systems and solutions guarantees wide usability across laboratory setups and research environments.



Acquifer HIVE Data offers a range of highly scalable storage solutions designed for both speed and data safety. With storage units available from 52 to 234 TB, users can choose the configuration that best suits their data needs. The data transfer rate of 3 GB/s for internal input/output to the Acquifer HIVE Core ensures swift access and efficient data handling.

Acquifer HIVE Data prioritizes data security. The system is easily expandable through a plug-and-play extension and leveraging RAID technology. With 24/7 technology, HIVE Data provides reliable data access.



HIVE ensures the utmost security of your data with several robust measures. RAID systems establish data protection by being distributed across multiple drives, reducing the risk of data loss in case of drive failures. A security firewall prevents unauthorized access by controlling network traffic. The Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides a continuous and stable power source that safeguards against power outages and potential data corruption.

HIVE can be accessed from wherever you are with a secure connection using remote desktops. The implementation of multi-user login allows for simultaneous collaborative work, which promotes efficiency and flexibility in data management and analysis.



The HIVE GPU proivdes unparalleled processing power for demanding applications. It uses NVIDIA's professional CUDA-capable boards for GPU-processing capabilities. Each HIVE GPU unit can accommodate up to 4 dual-slot GPUs, including the high-performance Quadro RTX A5000 and Quadro RTX A6000.

The compatibility with Docker further enhances adaptability, allowing users to run applications in Docker containers directly on the HIVE platform.

For those requiring extensive parallel computing capabilities, the Multi-Node Acquifer HIVE configuration is available.

HIVE Core stands out as a computing powerhouse, offering both flexibility and high-performance capabilities. It is an ideal solution for a wide range of applications in research, data analysis, and other compute-intensive tasks.


Data Processing
  • 2.2 GHz 12-core processor up to 2.6 GHz 2 x 64 core
  • 128 GB to 2 TB ECC memory
  • NVIDIA @ professional graphics cards with high-performance CUDA GPU with up to 48 GB memory
Scalable High-Speed Storage
  • Data collection rates of at least 800 MB/s
  • Internal data transfer rates of at least 3 GB/s
  • RAID 5 controlled primary storage of 10 TB SSD
  • RAID 6 storage of 52 to 234 TB data, can be combined to more than 1 PB
GPU Processing
  • Up to four dual slot GPUs per GPU module
  • PCIe x16 multiplexed
  • Up to three transparent HIVE extensions
Secure Project Managment
  • Latest generation 2048-bit encryption
  • Built-in DHCP server
  • Personalized access to a project, directory, and individual levels
System Compatibility
  • Products and software from 3i, Andor, Arivis, Bitplane, FEI, Fiji, Glencoe Software, Leica, Luxendo, Matlab, Nikon, SVI Huygens, and more
  • All microscope providers (Bruker, Zeiss, Leica, Olympus, Miltenyi, Nikon, etc.)
  • Virtual Machines (VM) and Linux solutions are available upon request
* Acquifer HIVE is made to order based on your requirements. Later extensions and upgrades are easily implemented.

HIVE Dashboard

HIVE setup and maintenance is designed with end users in mind, meaning that users need no special expertise in software or hardware. This ease-of-use is maintained all while retaining secure project management.


HIVE Configurations

High Speed Microscope Example

  • Lightsheet microscope
  • Large format sCMOS
  • Laser scanning
  • confocal, Spinning disk, Screening microscope
  • 3 HIVE modules recommended

Small Core Facility Example

  • 1 to 2 rooms
  • up to 5 microscopes
  • replaces 3 image analysis workstations
  • 3 HIVE modules recommended

Medium Core Facility Example

  • 3 to 4 rooms
  • 5 to 10 microscopes
  • replaces 5 image analysis workstations
  • 4-5 HIVE modules recommended (depending on microscopes)

Large Core Facility Example

  • 4 to n rooms
  • 15 microscopes
  • replaces > 5 image analysis workstations
  • 5-6 HIVE modules recommended (depending on microscopes)

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