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The 30,000’ View of Research Storage Infrastructure

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  1. The 30,000’ View of Research Storage Infrastructure Dick Deason Assistant Director Systems Administration rdeason@ufl.edu

  2. Why am I here today? • Much of your valued research data is sitting on local drives exposed to potential loses due to lack of Disaster Recovery options. • The ICBR is pumping out large quantities of raw image data that require some level of preservation to extend usefulness in the event new algorithms are developed. In addition, many of you have local lab instrumentation that have similar data retention requirements • Generation of final data sets from raw ICBR Gene Sequencing Data and other research venues such as BLAST results will require more storage and better protection than currently afforded. Offsite protection should be considered to ensure survivability and later accessibility. • Access to your research data is critical.

  3. Who are we? • UF Health Science Center (HSC) is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. The colleges teach the full continuum of higher education from undergraduates to professional students to advanced post-doctoral students, enrolling over 6,000 students each year. • The HSC is a leader in interdisciplinary research, generating 65% of UF’s total research awards ($422M). Included are McKnight Brain Institute, UF Genetics Institute, UF Shands Cancer Center, and the Institute on Aging. • Total HSC employees is over 5000. Our Systems Team managing commodity services for the HSC is currently staffed with 5 FTE. • We support every HSC mission to include Administration, Education, Research and Clinical activities all who have varied sources of funding.

  4. What do we do? • Two Secure Data Centers (Gainesville and Tallahassee) • 49 Physical Hosts / 32 Virtualized Hosts • 140 Mile geographical separation • Two Tivoli Storage Manager instances • Connected via High Speed Florida Lamda Rail • Hardware – HP and IBM • Storage – Two Xiotech Mag3D3000s • OS - Windows 2003 and Redhat Enterprise • Virtualization – Virtual Infrastructure 3.0.2 (2 three node clusters) • DR – IBM 3584 LTO Libraries, Tivoli and CommVault • Commodity Services – Clustered Storage, Print, Exchange 2k3/2k7, SQL2005, Oracle 9i/10i, IIS, Apache, Cisco VoIP, and Virtualization Hosting.

  5. Storage Topology (GNV) HSC Gainesville Data Center Redundant AC / Redundant Ethernet 1GB / Redundant 208v Power Emergency PWR upgrade May 2008 Monitored Card key Access for physical security 28 Racks of Equipment Cisco Director Class Fabric (9513) Provides Fiber Channel path / host-storage zoning RESEARCH 1 1 5 4 1 1 0 7 1 0 IBM 3584 LTO3/4 Libraries FY2008 FY2007 FY2005

  6. Storage Topology (TLH) HSC Tallahassee Data Center Redundant AC / Redundant Ethernet 1GB / Redundant 208v Power Northwest Regional Data Center 1Gb Data path across Florida Lambda Rail Research Network Brocade Fabric Provides Fiber Channel path / host-storage zoning TLH SAN FY2009 IBM 3584 LTO3/4 Libraries

  7. Storage and HSM Data Flow Fiber Channel Disk Storage (GNV) Research Host(s) Based on retention qualities For offsite data security LTO4 Tape Storage (GNV) LTO4 Tape Storage (TLH) LTO4 Tape Storage (GNV) ICBR Gene Sequencing

  8. Storage Capacities by unit IBM3584 LTO3/4 LIB Capacity 408TB-816TB Commodity DR VA Research HSC Research UFGI UFSCC UFBI IBM3584 LTO3/4 LIB Capacity 408TB-816TB Commodity DR VA Research HSC Research UFGI UFSCC UFBI XIOTECH MAGNITUDE 4000e (TBD) Capacity 156TB VA Research HSC Research UFGI UFSCC UFBI XIOTECH MAGNITUDE 3000s (11541) Capacity 84.8TB Virtualization Hosting Exchange 2007 MS SQL2005 Transactional Data XIOTECH MAGNITUDE 3000s (10710) Capacity 68TB File Commodity Storage Email Databases IBM 3584 TLH IBM 3584 GNV Xiotech SAN Research Xiotech SAN 11541 Xiotech SAN 10710

  9. Who has paid for this?

  10. Existing Request to Research Office This will allow Primary Researchers throughout HSC to add Storage Costs related to their specific research requirements incrementally, and as required.

  11. Why a SAN and HSM Solution? • Because of our varied missions and funding sources, we were continually ask to provide services that had no boundary definitions in place. SAN and HSM (Hierarchical Storage management) Architectures allowed sustained as well as unplanned growth. • We needed to align costs of services to mission groups, and budget long term consistent funding to ensure consistent service. SAN and HSM Architectures allowed storage to be commoditized. • Information Technology roles in Health Care and Research Missions had grown to more than just “convenience.” Information Technology was now an infrastructure necessity and required strong continuity of services.

  12. Where we were before Xiotech and IBM • In 1999, we were a small IT shop with four systems administrators, six physical hosts, and only 80Gb of Direct Attached Storage for File/Email. • Every service was affected by lack of flexibility in storage. We simply provisioned new hosts to get new storage. • We supported about 550 users mainly administrative and educational missions. We couldn’t facilitate extensive research or clinic operations because we couldn’t react to the tempo of their operations. • We were under constant pressure to accommodate growing needs, react quicker to storage requirements, and to accomplish more than we had physical resources to handle. • Budget did not match service requirements at all.

  13. How Storage Vendors catalyzed our successes • Xiotech and IBM storage has allowed us to adapt quickly to changing conditions, physically and logically while maintaining sound fiscal management. • Xiotech and IBM storage has allowed us to gain precision in our infrastructure costs and align them tightly with budget/service requirements. • Xiotech and IBM has allowed us to grow into an enterprise organization supporting commodity services 24/7/365 across all Health Care Missions because of our consistent and easily managed storage architecture.

  14. Leveraging SAN/HSM Storage for the Future • Purchase 3th Magnitude unit to host Secure VA Research Data and valued Computational Biology Data. • Expand IBM TSM and HSM solutions to migrate aged data to cheaper media. • Finalize FISMA and ISO 27001 Data Center and Storage Certification for hosting of VA restricted Data and valued Computational Biology Data. • Initiate eDiscovery processes to determine Archiving and Retention qualities across the Enterprise.

  15. Questions? • Dick Deason • Assistant Director • Systems Administration • rdeason@ufl.edu