ITaP offers Purdue researchers fast, reliable, secure data storage

April 7, 2009

Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) is now offering no-hassle data storage in the same way its community cluster program helps faculty members do research using high-performance computing — that is, without having to worry about running a computer system.

Faculty can purchase trays of highly reliable, high-performance scratch disk space for research use through ITaP’s Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC). Participants purchase disk media. RCAC provides the infrastructure, five years' warranty support and systems administration.

“This is really intended for people who need high-speed, reliable storage connected to hundreds of clients,” said John Campbell, associate vice president for information technology, who heads the Rosen Center.

For more information including a summary of the storage options and prices, visit: http://www.rcac.purdue.edu/hardwarepurchase/storage.cfm.

In addition, ITaP is preparing to take orders for its next community cluster, to be named Coates, which will be built in the summer of 2009.

The Coates project also is an opportunity for departments or individuals purchasing computing equipment for use outside the cluster to take advantage of price breaks available in a group purchase, Campbell said. The combining of orders during purchasing attracts significantly better prices from vendors.

Through the community cluster program, the Rosen Center, the research and discovery arm of ITaP, pools funds from grants, faculty startup packages and institutional sources to make more computing power available than faculty and campus units could afford individually for major engineering, science and social science research projects. The Rosen Center installs, administers and maintains those systems, including security, allowing researchers to concentrate on doing their research.

For more information about the community cluster program, go to: http://www.rcac.purdue.edu/userinfo/communityclusters.cfm

Writer: Greg Kline, science and technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue, (765) 494-8167, gkline@purdue.edu

Originally posted: April 7, 2009