The Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics offers advanced scientific education and research facilities to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Institute is part of the Jagiellonian University in Poland, founded in 1364 and today providing education to more than 40,000 students in 80 fields of study across 16 faculties.
The Challenge is that Physics is increasingly a data-driven science and each year the institute needs to store more data from experiments and simulations. In the past enterprise storage solutions were utilized but as the amount of data grew so did the challenge of economic sustainability. Most departmental budget comes from grants to the research teams, which makes it difficult to do capacity planning and management. Upgrading and replacing the current storage solutions was becoming costly.
The Institute started to evaluate other solutions seeking greater flexibility, easier management, and more granularity in adding storage capacity. It was decided to deploy a software-defined storage solution that would eliminate vendor lock-in and the need to make major investments every few years. Ceph was identified as the leading software-defined storage platform and SUSE® Enterprise Storage was the solution they chose.
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