The Research Computing Center at the University of Queensland introduced the Globus service this year and it is already making research data sharing a lot easier for University of Queensland researchers. Dr. Steffen Bollmann, Research Fellow in the University of Queensland’s Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), and his research group use Globus to transfer human magnetic resonance imaging data from institutions in the US and Europe to Australia and back.
Before Globus they transferred the data via “rsync’ and ‘ssh’ connections, or they had to physically courier hard drives. Since the data sets are often multiple tens of gigabytes, existing cloud services were not feasible.
"With the secure and fast data sharing enabled by Globus we can transfer large data sets both nationally and internationally, which makes collaborations easier and faster. This frees up significant time to focus on data analysis rather than spending time on managing data transfers."