[Irtalk] Fwd: [Dspace-general] NEWS RELEASE: DuraSpace and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Partner to Provide Cost-Effective Cloud Storage/Preservation Services

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 17:28:26 SAST 2012

Very interesting news!

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From: Carol Minton Morris <cmmorris at fedora-commons.org>
Date: 18 September 2012 17:21
Subject: [Dspace-general] NEWS RELEASE: DuraSpace and San Diego
Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Partner to Provide Cost-Effective Cloud
Storage/Preservation Services
To: dspace-general at lists.sourceforge.net


Sept. 18, 2012
Contact: Carol Minton Morris, (cmmorris at duraspace.org); Jan Zverina (
jzverina at sdsc.edu)
Read it online: http://bit.ly/OAPyH0

*DuraSpace and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Partner to Provide
Cost-Effective Cloud Storage and Preservation Services**
DuraCloud Gives Institutions the Option to Use Academic Cloud Storage*

*Winchester, MA*  The DuraSpace organization and the San Diego
Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego,
announced today that DuraCloud http://duracloud.org and SDSC’s cloud
storage services  https://cloud.sdsc.edu/hp/index.php have been fully
integrated to provide additional preservation services and storage for
researchers, students, academics, and industry users.

Customers now have the option of choosing the world's largest  academic
cloud storage system through DuraCloud. Access to commercial cloud
providers Amazon and Rackspace along with SDSC Cloud Storage are available
simultaneously through a single web based platform, DuraCloud.

DuraSpace CEO Michele Kimpton explains the significance of the partnership:
"SDSC is an important strategic partner for us in that they are the first
academic-based production cloud offering and we envision together building
an academic-based open cloud infrastructure with a layer of services
provided by DuraCloud.  We see this as the first step in this direction and
are thrilled."

“SDSC is pleased to deploy its OpenStack-based cloud storage service to
support essential data preservation services for academic institutions and
other users,” said Ron Joyce, SDSC’s associate director of IT services.
 “This new partnership is a win-win for both of us. It provides SDSC with a
new avenue of potential opportunities in the academic community as we look
to fill a critical gap in academic data management services for
institutions across the country, and gives DuraCloud expanded resources
with which to grow their own customer base.”

DuraCloud and SDSC’s cloud storage combined services integration gives
customers the following benefits:

   - SDSC’s cloud storage is providing colleges and universities with the
   ability to meet institutional storage and preservation requirements in a
   cost-effective and sustainable manner.
   - Universities can access both commercial and academic cloud storage
   through a single provider and web application, DuraCloud.
   - Customers can have a single service agreement and contract with
   DuraSpace and get access to all cloud providers, including Amazon, SDSC,
   and RackSpace.

*About SDSC Cloud Storage*
SDSC’s cloud storage services (https://cloud.sdsc.edu/) provide academic
and research partners with a cost-effective way to store, share, and
archive data, including extremely large data sets. Utilizing the open
standard cloud storage software, OpenStack, with Swift Object Storage,
content is written to multiple physical storage arrays simultaneously,
ensuring at least two verified copies exist on different servers at all
times. Once objects are in the SDSC Cloud they are immediately available
over the web to other users, the public, or just the content originator. By
assigning a URL to each file or container created, SDSC’s Cloud provides a
simple way to expose and share any amount of data.

*About DuraCloud*
DuraCloud (http://duracloud.org) is a platform that enables users to
manage, preserve, and access content in the cloud, as well as utilize
multiple cloud providers through a single web based dashboard. DuraCloud
simplifies the task of moving copies of content into the cloud and storing
them with several different providers. As a result, it eliminates the risk
of storing content with a single cloud provider. On top of providing a
single interface through which to replicate and manage content across
multiple underlying cloud stores, DuraCloud also offers a suite of
preservation and archiving services.

Carol Minton Morris
Director of Marketing and Communications
cmmorris at DuraSpace.org
Skype: carolmintonmorris
607 592-3135
Twitter at DuraSpace <http://twitter.com/duraspace>
Twitter at DuraCloud <http://twitter.com/duracloud>

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