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Swinburne chooses to go with SUSE Enterprise Storage

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Swinburne University of Technology has announced that it is using SUSE Enterprise Storage for its rapidly increasing storage needs.

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.

SUSE announced the development of its enterprise storage product back in 2014. At that time, Morris told iTWire: "We will do to the storage industry the same thing that Linux has done to UNIX."

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.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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