Tectrade is pleased to announce it it working with Imperial College in London to provide a centralised storage and data management platform that meets high performance computing (HPC) requirements. The new system, comprising technologies from Dell, IBM, Arcastream and Excelero, provides for the secure and organised long-term storage of vast quantities of digital research data.
The Tectrade-designed solution was chosen following a competitive tender on Lot 4 of the SSSNA framework. Tectrade’s expertise in high performance computing, storage and data protection was a key factor in the decision. As was its ability to deliver a complete disaster recovery capability that enhanced Imperial’s operational resilience. However, the most important consideration was that it did not tie the college into any one vendor’s hardware. As the plan for the system is to be in production for at least a decade, Imperial needed the flexibility to mix technology over time, which Tectrade could offer.
“Universities need to keep up with the digital life of their students and researchers by eliminating the risk of data loss and operational interruptions. To efficiently support, protect and recover data and applications they need the right IT infrastructure, which we’re honoured to have helped Imperial achieve” says Mike Rickards, Associate Director at Tectrade.
The new platform replaces over 30 previously siloed storage systems, enabling the college to meet the requirements of the entire research community. It is available across the College, with the heaviest users coming from traditional HPC domains engineering, computational chemistry and the rest of the physical sciences. Researchers dealing with more sensitive data such as personally identifiable information or anonymised health data can also take advantage of an additional secure facility.
“At Tectrade our aim is to help organisations limit system outages and safeguard data whilst benefitting from the time and cost efficiencies of a centralised platform that can be built on long term as needs change” concludes Rickards.