Scientific Data Storage


The CSCB NAS provides “network-attached” storage for the Institute community. The Isilon product uses a clustered approach to storage – each node is a self-contained device that works with other nodes using proprietary OneFS software to unify a cluster of nodes into a single shared resource. This unique approach allows the Isilon product to quickly scale both size and performance.

The NAS is self-healing, and highly resistant to data loss and system downtime. Predictive fault analysis repairs hardware and disk problems before they cause a system failure. The system can be maintained, expanded and repaired with no user-facing downtime. Between this fault-tolerance and regular backups to the CSCB Archive, there is a high degree of data security. 

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CSCB NAS Statistics:

Number of Nodes: 13
Total Capacity: 138TB
Total IOPS: 26,000+
Total Throughput: 3+ GBps (Gigabytes per second)

The CSCB NAS is protected with multiple layers of redundancy. All of the hardware is fully redundant and fault-tolerant. In addition to the built-in data protection of the Isilon system, all data on the Isilon system is copied to the CSCB Archive each night.

CSCB Archive

The CSCB Archive system uses IBM LTO5 tape technology to store scientific datasets for a fraction of the cost of disk storage, while allowing for automated, quick access. All CSCB NAS data is copied into the CSCB Archive. After some period of inactivity, idle datasets are removed from the CSCB NAS and stored only on the Archive. These datasets can be removed from the tape library, allowing for incredibly cost-effective long term scientific data storage. The archive is configured to constantly verify the consistency of the data to ensure that there is no data loss for the lifetime of the data. A second copy of all data in the archive is regularly sent off site to Iron Mountain for safe keeping.

CSCB Archive Statistics:

Tape library: Qualstar XLS 810240
Active number of media slots: 245
Total current online capacity: 490 TB (Expandable to 1.5PB)
Supported Protocols: CIFS and NFS