Monday, 20 April 2015 14:42

NCI selects NetApp to build storage solutions


Global IT services company Netapp has been selected to provide high performance and flash storage solutions to extend the ability of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) to provide world class, high-end services to Australian researchers, industry and government.

NetApp has collaborated with Fujitsu to supply and install NetApp FAS, E-series and EF all-flash storage arrays with a raw storage capacity of 11 petabytes, bringing NCI’s total raw storage capacity to 44 petabytes.

“As a provider of national high-performance computing and data services we manage large amounts of customer data.  As a result of constant growth in data holdings and scientific research projects that often generate and analyse petabytes of new data in very short timeframes, we needed to design a new pod-based storage architecture that can scale seamlessly in predetermined blocks of capacity and throughput,” said NCI Director Professor Lindsay Botten.

NCI achieved faster access to data utilising benefits of the NetApp EF all-flash storage integrated solution with VMware and OpenStack.

“This new infrastructure enables NCI to deliver high-speed, low latency access to customer data, enhanced virtualisation services and more secure operations,” Professor Botten said.

NetApp ANZ managing director Steve Manley said the contract win exemplified how NetApp works with customers to “create and tailor solutions to meet their exact requirements”.

“The huge demands that NCI will place on these arrays meant that we needed robust, yet efficient solutions that could serve their immediate needs but also any future requirements.”

NCI, with the infrastructure funded by the Australian Government’s national research infrastructure strategy (NCRIS), is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest supercomputer, file systems, Australia’s highest performance research cloud, and one of the country’s largest data catalogues.  

Manley said the procurement commences the build of the next generation of high-performance, global parallel file systems at NCI for holding the national environmental research data collection, which will be accessible from the supercomputer and the cloud at an unprecedented speed of 100 GBytes/sec.

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