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National Computational Infrastructure Builds its Supercomputing Storage Systems on NetApp

Research, industry and government gets a high-performance compute boost

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it has been chosen by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) to provide a variety of high performance and flash storage solutions to extend the facility’s ability to provide world class, high-end services to Australian researchers, industry and government.

NetApp will collaborate 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. The NetApp and Fujitsu partnership provides customers with integrated solutions and services to accelerate business results by helping to adapt to fast-changing business requirements while maximising their investments.

“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,” added Professor Botten.

“This win exemplifies how NetApp works with customers to create and tailor solutions to meet their exact requirements,” said Steve Manley, Managing Director, NetApp ANZ. “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, the infrastructure of which is 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 nation’s largest data catalogues. This 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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