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Upgraded QRIScloud data storage now available

Over the Christmas break QCIF completed the planned major upgrade to the QRIScloud storage facilities in Brisbane.  The new capacity has been placed into production usage from early January and is delivering excellent performance.  Please make applications for space to store your data and data collections through your local eResearch Analyst.

The additional capacity brings the total active available storage in Brisbane to
  • 6 petabytes of disk and
  • 10 petabytes in a disk/tape hierarchical storage management (HSM) system. 
A replication subsystem automatically copies all active data onto a further 30 petabytes of background tape storage ensuring that user data is protected against data loss.

Brisbane data storage is hosted in the commercial data centre at Polaris, one of Australia’s leading highly secure, purpose-built, Tier 3 data centres providing excellent levels of data centre service.  This includes extensive redundancy in power and other services, and geographically diverse high-speed network connections to university campuses and research institutions.  

The new QRIScloud storage complements the 2.1 petabytes of disk storage already available in Townsville.  Townsville data is replicated to Brisbane on an as needs basis pending upcoming upgrades to the network capacity between Brisbane and Townsville.

This QRIScloud data storage and access facility already holds about 2.5 petabytes of research collection data stored by Queensland researchers, providing an invaluable asset to research.

Looking after your cloud data and compute

The new Brisbane storage capacity has allowed QCIF to move all user virtual machines and storage services off the initial QRIScloud data centre in St Lucia and over to the main Polaris centre.  This has been accomplished without any known disruption to user services – congratulations to the QRIScloud team who worked right through the holiday period to make sure this was completed by early February.
The equipment that was operating at St Lucia will now be transferred to Polaris to become part of the main QRIScloud facility.

St Lucia will continue to host offsite tape replication services for QRIScloud, insuring our users against the very low possibility of failures at the Polaris centre.  The St Lucia tape storage silo was upgraded at the end of 2014 to be able to handle the additional QRIScloud transaction and storage volumes. 

Large Memory Virtual Machines

QRIScloud compute cloud now offers virtual machines with up to 1 terabyte of memory.  To obtain further information about large memory services, please contact QRIScloud Support

Guaranteed Access to 16-core Virtual Machines

To offset recent difficulties with allocations for 16-core virtual machines through the NeCTAR Research Cloud, QRIScloud has released limited regional 16-core virtual machine allocations.  You can apply for guaranteed access to 16-core virtual machines for an agreed period through QRIScloud Support

BCCVL, One Stop Shop

QCIF is proud to support the Biodiversity and Climate Chance Virtual Lab, a “one stop modelling shop” that simplifies the process of biodiversity-climate change modelling.

Its mission is to connect the research community to Australia’s national computation infrastructure by integrating a suite of tools in a coherent online environment where researchers can access data and perform data analysis and modelling.

Access BCCVL here.

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