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Sdsc Announces Scalable, High-Performance Data Storage Cloud

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The University of California, San Diego's San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) recently launched an academic-based cloud storage system designed specifically for researchers, students, academics, and industry users who need to store and share digital information.

"We believe that the SDSC Cloud may well revolutionize how data is preserved and shared among researchers, especially massive datasets that are becoming more prevalent in this new era of data-intensive research and computing," says SDSC director Michael Norman.

The SDSC storage cloud has an initial raw capacity of 5.5 petabytes, and has sustained read rates of eight to 10 GB per second, which should improve as more nodes and storage are added. In addition, SDSC's cloud is scalable by orders of magnitude to hundreds of petabytes, with aggregate performance and capacity both scaling almost linearly with growth.

The cloud was developed on the OpenStack platform, a scalable, open source cloud operating system. Data stored in the cloud is instantly written to multiple independent storage servers, where it is validated for consistency.

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