The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation) will bolster the storage
capacity of its data centres to three petabytes (three thousand
terabytes) following an AU$4 million deal with Hitachi Data Systems
The research organisation is consolidating file servers at
dozens of sites across the Australian Capital Territory, New
South Wales and Victoria, to a main data centre in each state and
Mark Hipworth, service delivery manager, CSIRO, said many of
the file servers were ageing. Reducing the number of storage
sites would then make management easier, he said.
"We'll be merging a lot our file servers that are nearing
capacity and end of life [into the data centres]."
Compounding the problem had been the disparate storage
infrastructure across the CSIRO.
CSIRO used an array of competing storage solutions, such as
Dell and Sun, but these could only be individually managed,
according to Hipworth.
"We had no common storage systems across the organisation,"
Under the AU$4.4 million contract, awarded after an open
tender, Hitachi and partner Volante will provide storage services
and maintenance to CSIRO for three years from April 2006.
Hitachi infrastructure to be provided includes three NSC55
network storage controllers, three AMS500 modular storage
systems and three Quantum tape libraries. The sites will run
Hitachi's data protection suite software.
Three Cisco fibre channel connectors will also be used.
CSIRO's total storage capacity across Australia at present was
around 315 terabytes, according to Hipworth.
Under the terms of the contract, this would increase to around three
petabytes. The big leap in capacity was due to CSIRO expecting
its scientists to run new projects in the next three years that
would consume more and more storage space.
"We have some projects coming online later with sensory
networks that will use up a lot of space," said Hipworth.
The deployment of the new infrastructure to the three data
centres would take a number of weeks, according to Hitachi Data
Systems Australia and New Zealand managing director, Mark Kay.
He said the win was significant for Hitachi as it had
restructured its Canberra team over the last 12 months with
the aim of winning more federal government business.