SUSE Enterprise Storage is built on the open source Ceph project and deploys object storage across a single, distributed, computer cluster made up of industry standard hardware.
Larry Morris, senior product manager at the Germany-based SUSE Linux, and the main developer behind the technology, told iTWire in an interview last year that some use cases included disk-based back-up where the software-defined storage solution was used to store the back-up data.
Other use cases were storage for large files such as medical images or video surveillance data; archival data that has not been accessed in a while and is migrated from primary storage systems; and on-premise cloud storage using a SUSE Enterprise Storage Amazon S3-compliant interface.
At Swinburne, the IT department has been pushed to provide for the ever-increasing storage demands without spending too much.
Given that, a statement from the university said it used SUSE's product "to underpin a high-performing, ultra-scalable and secure storage infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of traditional enterprise storage, helping support ground-breaking research".
Swinburne is a public university with a reputation for preparing graduates for life in the working world, as well as for its research in science and technology.
“SUSE Enterprise Storage helps IT be a better partner to research teams. We can deliver rapid, reliable storage, and guarantee the security and integrity of the data we store,” said Simon Naughton, director of infrastructure and operations at Swinburne.
“With SUSE Enterprise Storage, we have built a very high-performing and scalable storage landscape at approximately half the cost of traditional storage systems.”
David Liubinas, territory manager for SUSE ANZ, said: “We’re excited to be working with Swinburne to help the organisation scale by providing a reliable infrastructure at an affordable and consistent price point.
“Organisations are looking to create an agile storage infrastructure that can respond to growing business demands, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. SUSE Enterprise Storage is helping Swinburne to achieve that.”