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New Storage System Simplifies Big Data Sharing

SSERCA booth, YuFu

Researchers across the state of Florida can easily collaborate on big data projects thanks to a new high-performance storage system.

The new system allows members of the Sunshine State Education and Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA) to securely share data with speed and ease. SSERCA partnered with DataDirect Networks to develop the high-performance storage system so member institutions like the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and University of Miami can share big data between data centers. The system allows each institution to use their own identity management system and store data with multiple options for security and replication.

UF Research Computing staff demonstrated the new technology for the first time this week at SuperComputing 2014, the world’s largest high-performance computing conference. Erik Deumens, director of UF Research Computing, provides an overview of the system in a short presentation available online.

UF, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida have already deployed the storage system using Florida LambdaRail, the network connecting universities in the state of Florida. The new infrastructure will be available for production early next year.

For more details about sharing big data for collaboration, contact Erik Deumens at