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Western Digital’s ActiveScale Object Storage System and Globus’ Data Management Service Offer Reliable Preservation, Movement, Collaboration and Analysis of Research Data for Greater Scientific Discoveries

December 2017 by Marc Jacob

Western Digital® Corporation announced a partnership with Globus to integrate Globus’ research data management software with its ActiveScale™ object-based storage (OBS) system. Together, the combined solution provides simplified access to large-scale research data, giving customers the ability to easily capture, preserve, share and analyze data for greater scientific discoveries. Helping solve both scientific and technological workflow challenges, the ActiveScale System, with the Globus for ActiveScale connector, delivers highly durable and affordable private cloud storage that utilizes a proven research data management service to increase productivity and streamline workflows for Big Data analytics.

Researchers in medicine and biology, for example, increasingly work with massive datasets to better understand diseases and find new treatments or insights to unlock new discoveries. These datasets are rich with information, but create technical challenges due to their size, complexity, privacy requirements, and the specialized analytical tools needed for analysis. Today, researchers must acquire disparate tools and infrastructures that leverage this vast amount of data effectively.

Western Digital and Globus help solve many of these research challenges as researchers can use the Globus service interface to seamlessly move and share data, while the ActiveScale System provides petabyte-scale storage that delivers predictable and consistent access, as well as the long-term preservation of that data. The combined solution helps accelerate discoveries by making research data discoverable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable for more researchers. Additional benefits include:

● Enhanced collaboration for researchers while reducing IT management burdens
● Time savings by simplifying the access and sharing of large amounts of data
● Cost reduction by storing data on low-cost high-density ActiveScale object storage system
● Increased data durability and integrity to ensure valuable data is protected long-term
● Improved IT agility by quickly provisioning and redeploying storage resources to support new research activities

The ActiveScale System with Globus for ActiveScale connector is now available.




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