Globus is a connected set of services for research data management. Our services are designed with one goal in mind: to provide researchers with tools to make their work easier.
Our Globus transfer service helps you move data where you need it, and the added sharing capability (available through Provider plans) gives you the ability to share your data with others, without moving it off of your storage.
The technology underlying this service is GridFTP, developed by Ian Foster, Carl Kesselman, and Steve Tuecke. (Ian Foster and Steve Tuecke co-lead the Globus project, based at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.)
GridFTP is an extension of the standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for high-speed, reliable, and secure data transfer. Because GridFTP provides a more reliable and high performance file transfer (compared to protocols such as SCP or rsync), it enables the transmission of very large files. GridFTP also addresses the problem of incompatibility between storage and access systems. (You can read more about the advantages of GridFTP here.)
We continue to improve our services and features. Globus file sharing, for example, allows individual researchers to simply and securely share their data with others, freeing HPC system administrators from routine requests for access.
Globus Provider Plans are the flagship Globus offering. Provider Plans offer a range of services that are vital to running a successful data service in a university, laboratory, or computing facility. Provider Plans can include managed endpoints, file sharing, data publication and discovery, enhanced support, branded sites, a management console, and other advanced features. Provider Plans also allow Globus Plus to be enabled for individual users, giving them additional transfer and sharing capabilities from their personal computers.
In 2013, we launched Globus Genomics. Globus Genomics is an end-to-end solution for genomics sequencing analysis, bringing together Globus transfer technology, Galaxy workflow tools, and cloud computing power from Amazon Web Services. This service helps genomics researchers manage big data as it is moved through analysis pipelines.