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Hitachi, Intersect team up to deliver a new cloud storage node for Australia's research community

Hitachi, Intersect team up to deliver a new cloud storage node for Australia’s research community

Hitachi Digital Systems (HDS) on Thursday announced that the company has been selected by Intersect, an e-research support agency, to build a new research cloud platform that will link up with universities in New South Wales, Australia.

Intersect and HDS have also signed what they claim to be Australia’s first teaming agreement that will give research bodies in Australia access to the Hitachi R&D programme as Intersect works towards rolling out a new research and development centre in Australia. The new R&D centre will foster new research and innovation into information and communication technology (ICT) systems specifically designed for data-driven research and collaboration.

Intersect is investing A$2m in the cloud platform which will be designed to support data intensive research and collaboration between 11 universities in the New South Wales region including the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

The storage cloud will consist of a fully integrated system combining the Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS), Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), and Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS).

Commenting on the announcement Intersect chief executive officer Ian Gibson said the RDSI investment into the new storage node will benefit the broader Australian research community and allow them to “compete favourably in the increasingly globalised and online world of research.”

The new node is being built with funding accessed through the Research Data Storage Infrastructure scheme (RDSI), a $50m Federal Government investment programme to strengthen Australia’s capability to support researchers conducting data intensive research and big data research collaborations.

Neil Evans, vice president and country manager, Hitachi Data Systems Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands said: “We expect the benefits to be both immediate and long-term for researchers, providing opportunities to collaborate with peers across Australia on data-driven research.”

The new infrastructure will be offered at no extra cost to researchers that qualify under the RDSI scheme, and the data will be accessible via AARNET (Australia’s Academic and Research Network), NecTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project), and high-performance computing facilities, with access through file sharing, databases and applications.