UAB investment boosts research storage

Funding from the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and UAB administration has allowed UAB IT to increase its research storage tenfold, from 0.7 to 6.7 petabytes.

The investments reflect UAB’s commitment to improving the campus’ research technology infrastructure. The increase comes from a combination of administration funds, deans' funding and state grant funding.
palazzo alexanderDean Iwan Alexander of the School of Engineering and Dean Robert Palazzo of the College of Arts & Sciences have invested in research storage.
“Improving our research capacity through this kind of technology investment enables our faculty to focus on a critical mission of UAB: advancing research and discovery,” said Dr. Iwan Alexander, dean of the School of Engineering.

“Investing in technology will help give our researchers a competitive edge as we move forward as world-class research university,” said Dr. Robert Palazzo, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Vice President and CIO Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr. said the increase storage represents a “tenfold difference” for researchers. max michael aDean Max Michael of the School of Public Health has invested in funding for research compute capacity.

“Last year, we could barely hold one genomic packet,” he said. “In a couple of months, we’ll be able to hold 10 and process those at the same time.” 

In addition to the funding for storage, the School of Public Health, led by Dean Max Michael, will contribute funding to improve research compute capacity. 

Last modified on February 29, 2016