SONAS degraded Vault service notice for Saturday, April 29.

On Saturday, April 29, the Monash operating centre will be installing an expansion cabinet with 1000 slots for media on the Automated Tape Library (ATL). We have established the expansion can be executed under a degraded service rather than requiring a service-wide outage. Some technical detail is provided here to demarcate affected parts of the service. This upgrade enables an additional 4PB of tape media capacity, where new media cartridges will be added later as part of normal operations without additional interruption to services.

Recalls from Tape Vault Suspended on Saturday, April 29, 10am to 4pm.

The ability to recall data from tape will be temporarily suspended from 10am to 4pm, Saturday April 29, to accommodate this installation. Data can continue to be written as normal, and will be queued for backup/HSM within the normal business procedures that day. Any data already on the Vault disk cache will also be readily available for read and rewrite. Only data that has not been accessed in the last week and has been migrated to tape will be temporarily unavailable.

The effect of the suspension will be to stall user file read opens for files not in the cache until full service is resumed. Users expecting to have work in progress over the weekend can request the recall of the required Vault data prior to the upgrade, to maintain their workflow.

Data Custodians with Collection allocations that use Vault at the Monash operating centre have been contacted via email to their registered contact email addresses.

Data Custodian Meet up at the University of Melbourne -Wednesday 22 March

The next Data Custodian Meet up is being held on Wednesday 22 March at the University of Melbourne, Arts West Building, Digital Lab on Level 2 at 11am.

We want to hear from you and get a chance to talk about your research data collection, storage and data management. The session will give you an opportunity to talk to VicNode Sponsors, storage operators, managers as well as our Collections Manager and Technical Infrastructure Specialist.

Discussion topics are:

  • University of Melbourne Operating centre updates
  • Using Omeka to showcase your collection
  • On building a film archive

FREE Lunch will be provided from 12pm onwards.

Please RSVP by Monday 20 March for catering purposes.

If you have any dietary requirements please email

Data Custodian Meet up at Monash University on 16 February at 11am

The next Data Custodian meet up will be held on Thursday 16 February at Monash University at 11am.

The agenda for our next meet up is as follows

  • Monash University updates
  • Monash Data Centre Move updates
  • Data Management best practice use case
  • Lunch and networking

FREE lunch will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP by Monday 13 February using the link below

Happy Holidays from VicNode

VicNode would like to thank you all for another successful year. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2017.

The VicNode office team will be breaking for the year on Friday 23 December returning on Tuesday 3 January 2017. There is no out of hours or holiday support for VicNode users during this time.

Monash University Data Centre Move in 2017

Monash University will be shifting the location of its “research data centre” (by approximately 2kms). Monash hosts over 3800 direct users on nationally accessible and privately prioritized research computing infrastructure, many of which are effected by this move.

The move will take place in 2 phases:

Phase 1: 14 – 22 January 2017

High performance computing and research data systems will be completely offline. Users won’t be able to log in during this week.

Phase 2: early February – early March 2017

Research Cloud will be moved gradually, while keeping the overall service online. Existing Research Cloud instances/VMs will be offline – migrated to the new facility. A one hour downtime per instance is expected.

What this means for VicNode users

Users of the Ceph Market (VicNode) will be offline migrated between the two data centers, a key technological advantage of our Ceph approach. During this period some performance degradation maybe felt and some users may have nuances that cause minor outages. Users of the SONAS (VicNode) infrastructure will have an outage. We urge you to download any data that you may need access to during the outage period.

For the full notice and more information on how this will affect your research please see the Monash Notice below

If you have any specific questions, require advice and/or assistance, or wish to further discuss your needs or concerns, please contact


The Research Bazaar 2017 Registrations Open

The Research Bazaar is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the  centre of modern research.

This year the Melbourne event will be held on 21 – 23 February at the University of Melbourne. The event is free and researchers from all career stages and walks of life are welcome.

Applications for the Melbourne site close on 15 December, so head to to apply!

(Not from Melbourne? Check the global page for a site near you.)

If you’ve got a question please see The Research Bazaar website You can also tweet the team at @ResPlat or email

VicNode Data Custodian November Meet up at the University of Melbourne

he VicNode team would like to invite you to an end of year VicNode Data Custodian Meet up on Thursday 24 November at the University of Melbourne in the Frank Tate Building Room 101 from 11am-1pm.

We want to hear from you and get a chance to talk about your research data collection, storage and data management. The session will give you an opportunity to talk to VicNode Sponsors, storage operators, managers as well as our Collections Manager and Technical Infrastructure Specialist.

Discussion topics are:

  • University of Melbourne Operating centre updates
  • Overview of Research Platform Services available to Data Custodians
  • Overview of the UoM Digital Scholarship and how they can help you

FREE Lunch will be provided from 12pm onwards.

Please rsvp on EventBrite by Monday 21 November for catering purposes. If you have any dietary requirements please email

Announcing the demonstration release of the RDS Omics Data Platform

VicNode is extremely happy to announce the first Demonstration release v0.1 of the RDS Omics Data Platform. This first release represents significant development and integration work over the last 7 months by project teams across VicNode, VLSCI, EMBL-ABR, Intersect and QCIF, in partnership with the BPA Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens project.

This release includes a connected platform made up of the following:

  • 7 Genomics and 2 Transcriptomics related software tools (such as SPAdes, HGAP3, BWA-MEM, Snippy, Prokka), made available through the microbial genomics virtual laboratory (the online analysis environment)
  • all the genomics data currently available in the BPA CCG repository (69GB made up of 262 files) with enhanced metadata, that can be searched in complex ways, downloaded to the desktop or made available to the online analysis environment
  • A range of pre-written analysis workflows, produced according to best practice in collaboration with BPA bioinformaticians
  • Online training modules for the analysis environment

This initial release is available for small demonstrations to help the Omics project team incorporate initial feedback in preparation for the Beta Release in early November. The first beta release will line up with the BPA/RDS Consortium meeting to be held in Melbourne.

The project team will release new versions of the platform every 6 weeks incorporating feedback and adding analysis tools and functionality according to the project plan. A release schedule will be released on the website in the next few weeks to provide more details.

To request a demonstration of the platform, news about upcoming training opportunities, or to simply ask a question, please contact us via the Omics website or at

ANDS October Tech Talk: Software Defined Networking & Cloud

The October Tech Talk topic will be: Software Defined Networking & Cloud

Software Defined Networking is “an approach to computer networking that allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of lower-level functionality. SDN is meant to address the fact that the static architecture of traditional networks doesn’t support the dynamic, scalable computing and storage needs of more modern computing environments such as data centers. This is done by decoupling or disassociating the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the control plane) from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination (the data plane).” [Wikipedia]. While this topic might appear of greatest interest to system administrators and network professionals, there are strong implications for those of us with assets in the cloud (which is really all of us).

When: 3pm-4pm, 7 October (AEDT)


  1. Sam Morrison (Brocade)
  2. David Wilde (AARNet)
  3. Sam Morisson (The University of Melbourne)


  1. Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Tce Campus (starts 2.30pm ACST)
  2. Brisbane: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 2.00pm AEST)
  3. Canberra (Australian National University): meeting room 1, 101 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEDT)
  4. Melbourne (University of Melbourne): VicNode meeting room, Doug McDonell Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus (starts 3.00pm AEDT)
  5. Melbourne (Monash University): G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3:00pm AEDT)
  6. Perth: ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 1pm AWST)
  7. Sydney: Join by Zoom meeting
  8. Virtual Meeting: Zoom virtual meeting

For catering purpose, please register now at

Contacts: for more information.