Seagate ClusterStor G200 chosen by University of Heidelberg as the storage tier for phase two of the Large Scale Data Facility (LSDF-2) for Life Sciences

The University of Heidelberg Computing Centre has selected the Seagate ClusterStor™ G200 for the next phase of its LSDF-2 storage needs.

Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest university. It has twelve faculties with a total of more than 30,000 students and a research and teaching staff of more than 5,000 scientists — among them 450 professors.

The University is at the center of a research network that includes a large number of regional, national, and international partner universities and non-university research institutions. Its successes in the Excellence Initiative and in international rankings prove Heidelberg’s excellent reputation and leading role in the scientific community. In terms of educating students and promoting promising early-career academics, Heidelberg relies on research-based teaching and an outstanding, well-structured training for doctoral candidates.

High-speed ability to derive maximum performance from every disk

In collaboration with HP Enterprise, University of Heidelberg chose Seagate ClusterStor G200, an IBM Spectrum Scale-based, scale-out data storage and management platform, for its high-speed ability to derive maximum performance from every disk while reducing storage footprint – and lowest ownership costs.

For Phase Two of the infrastructure deployment, Seagate is a providing a ClusterStor G200 system with nearly 7 petabytes of usable storage capacity.

Systems biology data is increasing exponentially

“The Large Scale Data Facility (LSDF) is the platform for research and development in data-intensive computing and data analysis. The amount of data available in systems biology, as well as other fields of science, is increasing exponentially, and several projects aiming at extracting knowledge from massive datasets have extraordinary requirements for the storage and management of large amounts of data,” said Professor Vincent Heuveline, Director of the Computing Centre. “We are very impressed with the quality, performance, and total cost of ownership of the engineered Seagate ClusterStor G200 solution that meets the very demanding requirements of the LSDF project.”

“In the last years Seagate has built a dominant position in Lustre-based HPC storage,” said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. “University of Heidelberg’s selection of Seagate’s IBM Spectrum Scale-based ClusterStor G200 solution for its Large Scale Data Facility for Life Sciences demonstrates the rapid adoption of the only recently introduced ClusterStor G-Series platform across verticals like Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Academia and Research Labs.”

“At HP Enterprise we are committed to providing flexibility and complete solutions to meet all high performance computing needs,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise. “Seagate’s leading ClusterStor HPC storage solutions help us to meet even the most demanding storage needs in complete high performance computing solutions.”

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