SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Roger Strukhoff, David Linthicum

News Feed Item

RDSI Initiative Uses Aspera for Science DMZ Data Mover

Aspera, Inc. (http://www.asperasoft.com/), creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, today announced that the Australian Government Initiative, the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (http://www.rdsi.uq.edu.au/index.html) (RDSI) Project, working closely with the Australian Government’s National Research Network (NRN) Project (http://www.nrn.edu.au/), is deploying solutions from Aspera to move large data to, from and between nationally-dispersed storage nodes and high-performance computing centers to strengthen Australia's capabilities in data-intensive research collaboration.

Funded through the Education Investment Fund under the Super Science (Future Industries) initiative, and led by the University of Queensland, the RDSI project has received A$50 million in federal funding to provide data storage and collaboration infrastructure for Australia’s research community. The project is intended to assist institutions and researchers to more easily and effectively access, use, manage and share large holdings of research data, expanding the scale and scope of problems that Australian researchers may seek to address.

The network consists of eight high-performance data storage locations throughout Australia, with associated Data Transfer Nodes – clusters of high-performance host computers and storage – connected by a fast network optimized for high-performance scientific applications. Aspera Connect Server (http://asperasoft.com/software/transfer-servers/connect-server/) software is being deployed on all hosts in each Data Transfer Node in a high availability configuration to provide ultra high-speed transfers regardless of data size and network distance.

The Aspera Shares (http://asperasoft.com/software/web-applications/aspera-shares/) web application was selected to provide a browser-based, user-friendly overlay for uploading and downloading file content to and from the Nodes and fine-grained control for researchers to manage access to their data, with built-in authentication for the LDAP and single sign-on SAML services, common throughout the research community.

For initial data ingest, researchers simply upload data to the Aspera Connect Server clusters at each Node using the freely downloadable Connect Web Browser Plug-in (http://asperasoft.com/software/transfer-clients/connect-web-browser-plug-in/), which integrates directly with all browser platforms to support high-speed fasp transfers of any file size directly in the browser or from the command line. Once ingested, Aspera Shares provides easy access to shared data with a single web interface to consolidate browsing of shared content across all nodes, enabling fast collaboration between researchers at major universities throughout Australia.

In addition to speed and security, the Aspera technology provides complete control over transfer bandwidth and finish times, and is robust to network outages with automatic retry and resume of even the largest data sets.

During the pilot deployment of the Aspera solution, a research group at a university located in central Queensland, with relatively limited network bandwidth, had an urgent requirement to transfer approximately 1.1TB of data overnight to a government agency in the state capital of Brisbane, where one of the RDSI Nodes is located. The bandwidth management and automatic resume features of the Aspera solution were critical in meeting the deadline, as the transfer could use only 40% of the available bandwidth, and the network link was shut down for several hours during the night for preventative maintenance.

RDSI also selected Aspera Console (http://asperasoft.com/software/automation-management/aspera-console/), the web-based management application, to provide complete visibility over the Aspera transfer environment, including real-time, centralized control over transfers, nodes and users.

“To complement open source data transfer options, we were looking for a commercial solution that is widely available, meets our stringent performance requirements, and is very easy to use. So we deployed Aspera as the data mover for our nodes, and layered the Shares web interface over the top so researchers could more easily access and share their big data. Large file transfer speeds over the fastest parts of the infrastructure are full line speed (10 Gigabits per second) and international transfers with the US have benchmarked at 7-8 Gigabits per second. In addition, the management platform provides us complete visibility into transfer performance,” said Peter Elford, RDSI network program manager.

Another component of the RDSI initiative is to explore the use of cloud storage to support data-intensive research and the researchers who must use, manage and share large and ever-growing data sets. Aspera’s support of cloud-based object storage and commercial Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms will be explored to determine if and what role cloud services can play in supporting the infrastructure already deployed at the existing storage locations.

“In the research sector, data is everything. Researchers need to have complete and immediate access to the data to be successful and the data sizes are exploding. Aspera software enables scientific researchers to access shared data around the globe while maintaining maximum security and performance,” said Michelle Munson, CEO and co-founder of Aspera. “We are proud and very excited to be a part of the RDSI project and look forward to bringing high-performance transfer software to support its ambitious initiatives for the Australian research community.”

About RDSI

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project, an initiative of the Department of Education, is funded from the Education Investment Fund under the Super Science (Future Industries) initiative.

RDSI is a $50m Australian Government funded project, for which the University of Queensland (UQ) is the lead agent.

About Aspera

Aspera is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Based on its patented, Emmy® award-winning fasp™ protocol, Aspera software fully utilizes existing infrastructures to deliver the fastest, most predictable file-transfer experience. Aspera’s core technology delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and uncompromising reliability. Over 2000 organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets. Please visit www.asperasoft.com and follow us on Twitter @asperasoft for more information.

This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Moroccanoil®, the global leader in oil-infused beauty, is thrilled to announce the NEW Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks, a collection of dual-benefit hair masks that deposit pure pigments while providing the treatment benefits of a deep conditioning mask. The collection consists of seven curated shades for commitment-free, beautifully-colored hair that looks and feels healthy.
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
We all love the many benefits of natural plant oils, used as a deap treatment before shampooing, at home or at the beach, but is there an all-in-one solution for everyday intensive nutrition and modern styling?I am passionate about the benefits of natural extracts with tried-and-tested results, which I have used to develop my own brand (lemon for its acid ph, wheat germ for its fortifying action…). I wanted a product which combined caring and styling effects, and which could be used after shampo...
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one b...
Steaz, the nation's top-selling organic and fair trade green-tea-based beverage company, announces its 2017 "Mind. Body. Soul." tour, which will bring authentic experiences inspired by the brand's signature Mind. Body. Soul. tagline to life across the country. The tour will inform, educate, inspire and entertain through events, digital activations and partner-curated experiences developed to support the three pillars of complete health and wellness.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of...
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understa...
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embr...
Platform9, the leader in SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, has announced it will present five sessions at four upcoming industry conferences in June: BCS in London, DevOpsCon in Berlin, HPE Discover and Cloud Computing Expo 2019.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
When you're operating multiple services in production, building out forensics tools such as monitoring and observability becomes essential. Unfortunately, it is a real challenge balancing priorities between building new features and tools to help pinpoint root causes. Linkerd provides many of the tools you need to tame the chaos of operating microservices in a cloud native world. Because Linkerd is a transparent proxy that runs alongside your application, there are no code changes required. I...