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.

Node Storage name Category Features Links

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.   

Tools: Mediaflux; Aspera; SSH/GridFTP

information

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.

Tools: Mediaflux; Aspera; SSH/GridFTP

information

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       

Tools: Mediaflux; Aspera; SSH/GridFTP

information

QCIF

Computational Storage

Computational

High-speed persistent disk storage that can be written and read like a physical computer’s hard drive

information

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

information

VicNode

Vault (object) @UOM

Archive / Hosted

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

Tools: Mediaflux; ownCloud

information

VicNode

Vault(tape) @Mon

Archive / Hosted

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

Tools: Aspera; figshare; ownCloud; myTardis

information

VicNode

Market @Monash University

Working

For active research data use, it is backed up daily.   

Tools: Aspera; figshare; ownCloud; myTardis

information

VicNode

Market @University of Melbourne

Working

For active research data use, it is backed up daily.   

Tools: Mediaflux, ownCloud, Aspera

information

VicNode

Computational

Computational

Stored close to computation hardware

information

Intersect

SpaceShuttle

Working

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

information;

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.

information

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. 

information

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. 

information

eRSA

Funded data storage

Archival

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

information

eRSA

Tiered Storage

Working

Storage for actively used data, it is archived after a period of inactivity

information

eRSA

Computational

Computational

Linked to the Tizard High Powered Computing system

information

eRSA

Object

Archival

“Object” storage for data that is accessed infrequently

information

Pawsey

Storage

Hosted

Allocated on a merit basis, and accessed via MediaFlux

information

TPAC

THREDDS Data Server (TDS)

Hosted

A server for public datasets

information