Technical Requirements


DNASTAR Cloud




Please see the sections below for DNASTAR Cloud Desktop and DNASTAR Cloud Assemblies recommended workflows and their virtual hardware configurations.


To access DNASTAR Cloud Desktop, please use Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser. Depending on how your license is set up, you may have access to multiple virtual desktop types on the DNASTAR Cloud.


To access DNASTAR Cloud Assemblies, please use SeqMan NGen installed on Windows or Macintosh computer.

Small Machine



DNASTAR Cloud Desktop


  • 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 (Ivy Bridge) processor, 2 core CPU
  • 15 GB RAM
  • 30 GB Storage (30 GB data/results drive)
  • Charges are approximately $0.38/hour, in addition to software licensing costs

Recommended Project Types:



  • Cloning and primer design
  • Sanger sequence assembly
  • Multiple sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis

Medium Machine



DNASTAR Cloud Desktop


  • 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 (Ivy Bridge) processor, 4 core CPU
  • 30.5 GB RAM
  • 900 GB Storage (50 GB data drive, 50 GB results drive, 800 GB temporary storage)
  • Charges are approximately $1.50/hour, in addition to software licensing costs

DNASTAR Cloud Assemblies


  • 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 (Ivy Bridge) processor, 8 core CPU
  • 61 GB RAM
  • 1.6 TB Storage

Recommended Project Types:


  • Reference-guided alignment of exomes and transcriptomes/RNA-Seq
  • Reference-guided and de novo assembly of genomes less than 1 Gbp in length (for example, Escherichia coli)
  • ChIP-Seq and miRNA alignment and analysis
  • Visualization and analysis of genome assemblies

Large Machine



DNASTAR Cloud Desktop


  • 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 (Ivy Bridge) processor, 16 cores in 2 CPUs
  • 122 GB RAM
  • 4 TB Storage (500 GB data drive, 500 GB results drive, 3 TB temporary storage)
  • Charges are approximately $4.50/hour, in addition to software licensing costs

DNASTAR Cloud Assemblies


  • 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 (Ivy Bridge) processor, 16 cores in 2 CPUs
  • 122 GB RAM
  • 3.2 TB Storage

Recommended Project Types:


  • Reference-guided alignments of genomes greater than 1 Gbp in length
  • De novo assembly of genomes and transcriptomes



Please note: The DNASTAR Data Drive has been configured to provide you with the fastest possible data transfer. When using the DNASTAR Data Drive to transfer large files (such as data supporting a whole human genome sequencing project) you or others in your organization may experience a temporary Internet slowdown. We suggest that data transfer for large projects be performed at off-peak times to minimize the possibility of disruption.