The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), located in Acton, an Australian suburb of Canberra, is the country’s well-known national research computing facility. The organization is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest supercomputer, Australia’s highest performance research cloud, and one of the nation’s largest data catalogues. NCI strives to provide Australia’s researchers access to advanced, computational and data-intensive methods, support, and high-performance infrastructure.
NCI was in search of a backup and archive solution that was, among many things, reliable, scalable, cost-effective, and energy efficient. They were looking for a solution that was capable of sustaining the organization’s anticipated data growth, and replacing the aging equipment in their data center. That being said, it was no surprise that Spectra Logic emerged as the obvious choice. Like many of Spectra’s other high-performance computing (HPC) customers, NCI found that Spectra’s T-Series libraries thoroughly addressed all of their organization’s performance, growth and environmental needs. The facility selected two 8-frame and two 4-frame Spectra T950 tape libraries to backup and archive over 5PB of valuable research data. The task was a perfect fit for Spectra Logic - the Deep Storage Experts - as the organization was looking to endure the seemingly impossible task of managing exponential quantities of data.
NCI selected an active archive approach to manage their data, which has proven to operate quite flawlessly. Active archive solutions turn offline archive into visible, accessible extensions of online storage systems, enabling fast, easy access to archived data. Combined with SGI’s rackable servers, SGI DMF and CommVault software, Spectra’s solution provided NCI with dense, high capacity storage for the organization’s cloud installation. “The incorporation of Spectra Logic’s active archive solution provides a platform for storage growth,” said NCI associate director Allan Williams, “It allows us to keep our primary data online and accessible to users, while also increasing the reliability of our stored data across physical sites.” The organization is able to easily scale their storage solution as their data continues to expand, by adding additional frames to their T950 libraries and upgrading their tape and enterprise drive technologies.
This year at the annual Supercomputing expo in New Orleans, LA, Spectra Logic recognizes that #HPCmatters. Stop by booth 617 to take a peek at our T950 tape library and learn more about how Spectra defines, designs and delivers innovative data protection through tape and disk-based backup, recovery and archive storage solutions.
For more information about the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), read our customer case study.