By joining forces, and with Jisc acting as broker, the six partners will get a better deal, giving them access to the first shared-services data centre for academic and medical research in the UK. The initial partners in this project are University College London, Kings College London, the Sanger Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Queen Mary University of London.
The consortium is expected to grow over time as other institutions accept the importance of a shared data centre and the benefits of information technology clustering as integral to future UK research.
The data centre will be connected to Jisc’s Janet network, thus facilitating access, reducing costs and meeting the bandwidth requirements of large datasets.
The new Jisc data centre will be managed under contract by specialist data centre providers Infinity. The data centre will allow the research community to share huge swathes of data, helping to push the traditional boundaries of teaching, learning and research methods.
HEFCE Director David Sweeney said:
‘I am delighted that HEFCE funding through the University Modernisation Fund has opened up high-performance computing at a reasonable price, meeting the university requirement for such leading-edge facilities and addressing the Government's key objective of improving research.’
Further details are available on the Jisc website at www.jisc.ac.uk/news/uk-research-secures-new-national-data-centre-04-sep-2014.