First purchase of Market and Vault Infrastructure

VicNode is pleased to announce its first major purchase of RDSI storage specifically to meet the Market and Vault needs of Victorian researchers.

The IBM SONAS system is to be installed within the Monash Clayton campus data centre dedicated to research computing. The initial system configuration is 633TB (usable) of disk mapped to multiple 10GigE network interfaces via an internal high performance parallel file system.

The basic services available to researchers will include internet (https, sftp, scp) as well as desktop and server (cifs, nfs) protocols.

In addition, a matching TSM Storage Manager and Tape Library system will be installed at the Noble Park facility. This component will give the added depth of the Vault service without compromising the speed of network disk access. Both data centres will connect to DashNet – a new foundation for the Australian research data cloud – linking all the NeCTAR and RDSI facilities on friction free dedicated fibres. DashNet is a partnership between RDSI and AARNet.

Stephen Dart (Research Storage Manager) of Monash University stated “The configuration purchased has the capability to grow, in understandable units, in three dimensions. The size of the disk, network connections and bandwidth, and tape media capacity can all be increased without changing the basic overall design.”

This system will be installed before the end of the year and is expected to be available for end user operations early in the new year. It compliments the NeCTAR Research Cloud Computational storage already operational within VicNode at the Noble Park data centre.

VicNode is build as part of the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project, an initiative of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, and is funded from the Education Investment Fund under the Super Science (Future Industries) initiative.