Project Status: In Progress, Multi-year project
Project Manager: Randy Gadell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charter: click here
Seminars: The WashU Research Data Storage Seminars will provide information about the upcoming research data storage available to researchers. The seminars will also aim to identify additional pilot program candidates and potential early adopters. Register at Learn@Work.
Researchers who have attended a previous seminar may now request their storage allocation. Soon after completing the online form, you will have access to your free storage.
Project Goals and Objectives
This project’s goal is to build a Community Good, Scalable, and Distributed Storage Network Infrastructure with Long-Term Archival Capability for Research Computing. Washington University’s Enterprise Risk Management process identified big data as a strategic risk and the WUSTL Research Computing IT Governance Committee has identified research storage as its top priority per its Strategic Plan.
This is the next logical evolution of the strategic initiative to implement a robust and integrated cyber-infrastructure to facilitate knowledge sharing, increase collaboration, minimize redundancy, and capital outlays while providing a foundation for “Large Data” research.
This effort will leverage existing technical expertise within Research Infrastructure Services (RIS) and data management expertise of the University Library. In addition, this collaboration with representative experts in other research domains seeks to not only address the storage needs of researchers, but also deliver storage-as-a-service to address the institutional responsibilities of the University to manage data access, access and retention compliance, enforce data use policies, and appropriately fund data consumption. The storage service will be comprised of multiple tiers to increase performance while lowering costs. These storage services will provide:
- Centralized storage management, engineering, and technical support
- Weekly and monthly backups
- Optional cross-data center data replication
- The first 5TB per researcher at subsidized cost
- Active Archive (lower tier, lower costs)
- Policy driven migration from Active Tier after fixed period of inactivity
- Implement approximately 5PB (petabytes) of storage over 3-years
- First 5 terabytes(TB) of high-performance storage are university subsidized and provided at no costs to Researchers
- Researchers may share their allocation with their team or collaborators
- Storage amounts above 5TB will be available on a sliding costs scale
- Storage is high performance and accessible via the high-speed WashU Research Network (WURN) or via the common network
- Storage services include full back-ups
- Engineering and design services are available for special data feed and storage needs
|Project Approval||March 2017|
|Phase one hardware and services ordered||September 2017|
|Pilot use cases and testing||Feb – Apr 2018|
|General availability||May 2018|
|Phase 2 planning begins – Additional features & services||June 2018|
|Phase 2 testing begins||December 2018|
Project Core Team
Functional Lead / Medical Campus Lead:
James Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging
Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology and Cell Biology & Physiology
Danforth Campus Lead:
Director, Scholarly Services
Sr. Director, RIS
PM 3, Capital Projects, PPMO
Enterprise IT Architect, OCIO – CIO
Chief Information Research Officer
Matt Weil, RIS Storage Engineering
Matt House, Enterprise Architecture
Joseph Marentette, Network Engineering
Project Steering Committee
This is a Project in the IRIS Program Portfolio.
Jenny Lodge, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Research
Interim Vice Chancellor, CIO
Phillip Payne, Ph.D.
Prof of Internal Medicine, Gen Medical Sciences
Interim Senior Director of Shared Services
Albert Lai, Ph.D.
Chief Research Information Officer
Director of Adm. and Operations, MGI
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Director of Arts & Sciences Computing
Sr. Director Research Infrastructure Services
Vice Provost and University Librarian
IRIS Program Manager, OCIO PPMO