Summary of Australian Research Data Storage Products

The Nodes provide a range of data storage products for researchers in Australia. Different storage products can be appropriate for different phases in the lifecycle of your dataset. 
This table provides a summary of the different data storage products, and links to the Node websites for further information.

NodeStorage nameCategoryFeaturesLinks

QCIF

QRISdata - Frequent Access
Working
For datasets that are either changing or require frequent access. It is replicated daily with on and off site copies. Offered through NFS mounts, SSH-based protocols and Nextcloud (browser or file syncing).   
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QCIF
QRISdata - Infrequent Access
Working
Datasets that are accessed less frequently are less volatile and are not being used for compute intensive work. It is replicated daily with on and off site copies. Offered through NFS mounts (with DMF), SSH-based protocols and Nextcloud (browser or file syncing).information
QCIF
MeDiCi
Working
Provides an enhanced disk caching layer with tape storage to present the same data collection simultaneously to multiple services via local caches. Data is seamlessly replicated between local caches and the home cache. Offered through NFS mounts, SSH-based protocols, Nextcloud  (browser or file syncing), Swift, S3, and CIFS.
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QCIF
QRISdata - Archive Storage
Archival

Archival storage for datasets. Data may be held off-line. It is replicated regularly with on and off site copies.


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QCIF
QRIScompute - Volume Storage
Computational
High-speed disk storage that can be written and read like a physical computer’s hard drive. Volume storage is independent of VMs and can be attached to a single VM at a time for computation.
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QCIF
QRIScompute - Object Storage
Computational
Storage that contains "objects" that an application can "get" and "put" using the HTTP protocol.  Suited to data that is written once and read often.
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QCIF
QRIScompute - Manila Storage
Computational
Presents a File System-as-a-Service which can be simultaneously connected to multiple VMs within a tenant.
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NCI
MASSDATA
Archival
Replicated storage for data sets that are accessed infrequently
information;
user guide
NCI
Raijin Filesystem
Computational
Three different storage systems linked to the Raijin HPC
information;
user guide
NCI
National Research Data Collection
Hosted
Nationally and Internationally significant datasets
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VicNode

Vault (object) @UOM
Archive / Hosted
For the dissemination, publication, and preservation of research data.   
Tools: Mediaflux; ownCloud
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VicNodeVault(tape) @Mon
Archive / Hosted

For the dissemination, publication, and preservation of research data.   

Tools: Aspera; figshare; ownCloud; myTardis
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VicNode
Market @Monash University
Working
For active research data use, it is backed up daily.   
Tools: Aspera; figshare; ownCloud; myTardis
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VicNode
Market @University of Melbourne
Working
For active research data use, it is backed up daily.   
Tools: Mediaflux, ownCloud, Aspera
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VicNode
Computational
Computational
Stored close to computation hardware
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Intersect
SpaceShuttle
Working

Large amounts of active storage with maximum performance for use with your own applications. 

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user guide
Intersect
SpaceLab
Computational

Designed for discipline-specific, dedicated research applications: your virtual lab in Space. Ideal when combined with Time.intersect.org.au virtual computing to create a unified app hosting environment with Intersect as a single point of support.

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Intersect

DeepSpace

Archival

A kind of Space suitable for archive retention, either as a secondary mirror or a primary backup. Trades performance for capacity but in all other respects emulates active storage for protocol and application access. 

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Intersect
SpaceBase
Hosted

Ready-made web environment for people to collaborate on research data and metadata. Enables distributed groups to share, manipulate, curate and manager any type of data. Suitable for non-IT people, requiring minimal administration. 

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eRSA
Funded data storage
Archival

Research of national significance is made accessible to enable re-use and collaboration

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eRSA
Tiered Storage
Working
Storage for actively used data, it is archived after a period of inactivity
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eRSA
Computational
Computational
Linked to the Tizard High Powered Computing system
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eRSA
Object
Archival
“Object” storage for data that is accessed infrequently
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Pawsey
Storage
Hosted
Allocated on a merit basis, and accessed via MediaFlux
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TPAC
THREDDS Data Server (TDS)
Hosted

A server for public datasets

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