White Rose Grid gears up for data mountain


White Rose Grid gears up for data mountain

Lindsay Clark

Leeds University has implemented two EMC Centera content-addressed storage systems to support its grid technology initiative.

The Centera systems will form part of the White Rose Grid, created by the universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield pooling resources for high-performance, collaborative research.

By deploying Centera into its existing Dell/EMC storage area network, Leeds has created a £1.1m end-to-end information lifecycle management system.

Academia is acting as a testbed for grid computing, which promises to use redundant computing capacity to perform high-demand computing. For example, in business, payroll or financial calculations could be carried out across PC networks overnight.

Steve Chidlow, ISS service manager at Leeds University, said, "We are currently experiencing 30% annual growth in data, but expect this to rise considerably with the expansion of our grid initiative and other projects such as the digitisation of our video library.

"We recognised through a data classification project that the value of information changes over time and the need for a tiered storage infrastructure. We believe that EMC is the only vendor capable of offering a complete hardware, software and services solution for information lifecycle management."

Leeds will offer a significant portion of capacity to White Rose Grid users, while also using the content-addressed systems for its own storage requirements.

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