• RESEARCHERS COLLABORATE ON
      DISTRIBUTED PROJECT DATA USING
      UP TO 100PBS OF OBJECT STORAGE

UCL

QUICK FACTS
Industry: Academic Research

University College London (UCL), ranked consistently as one of the top five universities in the world, is London’s leading multidisciplinary university with more than 10,000 staff, over 26,000 students as well as more than 100 departments, institutes and research centers. With 25 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields medalists among UCL’s alumni and staff, the university has attained a world-class reputation for the quality of its teaching and research across the academic spectrum.

 

CHALLENGES

  • Improve the sharing & access of project-based research
  • IT to take back IT responsibilities from research teams
  • Address the rapid growth of data, in both volume and velocity
  • Comply with funding agencies’ data preservation regulations
  • Avoid proprietary architectures and vendor lock-in
  • Source an end-to-end solution with flexible, highly scalable architecture

SOLUTION

  • From 22 RFP respondents, UCL selected DDN GRIDScaler + WOS
  • End-to-end File Storage & Object Storage solution enabled IT to consolidate & take back responsibility for infrastructure
  • GRIDScaler File Storage provided the high performance and low latency required for UCL’s HPC applications
  • WOS Object Storage provided virtually unlimited scalability compared to NAS & SAN, incl. out-of-the-box global and local collaboration
  • Open solution with one source of support, eliminated management headaches

BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • Increases performance AND cost savings, while simplifying UCL’s environment
  • Extends data durability and protection of research to comply with UCL, UK Research Council and other UK and international funding bodies’ policies and requirements.
  • Deployed a collaborative platform to accelerate research workflows and time-to-discovery
  • Highest storage density enables future scalability within their expensive, limited downtown London floorspace

TECHNICAL BENEFITS

  • Seamlessly expands to handle the demands of Big Data from 500TB to 100PB WOS
  • Removes burden of storage administration and data security from researchers
  • Retention requirements comply with Academic Grants requirements
  • WOS storage tight integration with the Integrated Rule-Oriented Data Management Solution (iRODS)