Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:49

Monash goes with Red Hat for research data storage

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Melbourne's Monash University has implemented a storage solution from the open source company Red Hat to store and manage five petabytes of research data.

The deployment is on Red Hat's Ceph Storage and runs on Dell EMC PowerEdge R630 and R730xd rack servers. The hardware can speed up application performance, simplify systems management and address workloads at any level.

The university has projected that the use of the Red Hat solution "will significantly reduce costs and give researchers the freedom to independently and incrementally add capacity and performance for future growth".

The eResearch Centre at Monash helps in international collaboration and advanced research of both fundamental and applied sciences. Its focus is imaging and data science.

Given the growing pool of research data, there was eventually a need to manage this data at a reasonable cost.

The cost of previously deployed proprietary hardware solutions was growing to the point where the University was at a crossroads.

The Centre is now able to store and manage its data within a single infrastructure. Apart from tight integration with OpenStack components and services along with strong lifecycle management, Red Hat Ceph Storage allows for replication and erasure coding capabilities for increased data protection and availability.

Steve Quenette, deputy director, Monash eResearch Centre, Monash University, said: "As a research institution, we are faced with the challenge of virtually limitless data, not only from new projects but from archived and long-tail research.

"One of our key concerns in this process was having enough storage space in an OpenStack cloud environment, as it supports the majority of use cases from our researchers. With Red Hat Ceph Storage, we have been able to alleviate those concerns and have confidence in our ability to support future workloads with an intuitive, cost effective solution."

Red Hat's Ranga Rangachari, vice-president and general manager of storage, said: "The Monash University eResearch Centre’s concern with managing ever-increasing amounts of data is a challenge that many organisations are likely to experience in coming years.

"A 2016 study, commissioned by Red Hat, found that 70% of IT decision-makers believe that their organisations’ storage solutions are not equipped to handle next-generation workloads. Monash University is a prime example of meeting that challenge head-on by not only focusing on the resolution of today’s pain-points, but also having the foresight to plan for future needs."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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