The Institute, part of the University of Queensland, will deploy Brocade G620 switches to provide the speed and performance it needs to eliminate data bottlenecks and accelerate research into preventing brain diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.
Jason Baden, senior director ANZ for Brocade, a global network solutions provider, says Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel delivers a “huge leap in performance for organisations with demanding big data environments like the Queensland Brain Institute, particularly in the face of its rapidly evolving brain imaging technology and increasing data needs”.
“Organisations can now confidently address performance, reliability and scalability requirements for hyperscale virtualisation, new data centre architectures and next-generation storage technologies.”
But, while it has been remarkably successful in making major neuroscientific discoveries — with an Alzheimer's breakthrough among the world’s most discussed medical research last year — the difficulty accessing, storing and managing increasingly large data sets from brain imaging and microscopy devices is a constant consideration for the institute.
“Whole-brain imaging is critical to our research, but as advances in imaging and microscopy instruments continue to increase the resolutions and sampling rates of the data they generate, our storage infrastructure has new and unpredictable demands put upon it every day,” said Jake Carroll, senior information technology manager (research), Queensland Brain Institute.
“Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel switches will provide a massive boost in our data transfer speeds to enable our scientists to get their job done seamlessly and efficiently.”
Baden says the Brocade G620 is a high-density storage networking switch that delivers “breakthrough performance and scalability designed to support data growth and demanding workloads from mission-critical applications”.
The Queensland Brain Institute will deploy Brocade G620 switches to form a fully redundant, low-latency storage network fabric with 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) links — which can be combined into a 128 Gbps framed-based trunk — which Brocade says are capable of dealing with the most demanding data flows. The switches will operate alongside the Brocade 6510 Gen 5 Fibre Channel switches the Institute is already using to handle its less demanding storage network requirements.