The UK National Grid Service adopts Globus Online

SC11, Seattle, WA, USA -- Nov. 15, 2011 -- The United Kingdom’s National Grid Service (NGS) has adopted Globus Online as the preferred data movement method for its users.

All computing resources available to the NGS community have been added as transfer endpoints in the Globus Online system, a hosted service for high performance data movement, and NGS has been enabled as an identity provider for the service. Using their NGS credentials, users can quickly and easily log in to Globus Online and move files among NGS servers, or between an NGS server and the user’s local server or laptop.

“We aim through the availability of this service to ensure that our users can quickly and easily access the data they need, regardless of the size or location of the data volume,” said David Wallom, NGS Technical Director. “The process to move large volumes of raw information from resources that have generated it, back to the user who needs to manipulate and analyse the results, can be not only time-consuming but also difficult and frustrating for researchers. Enabling Globus Online for NGS data movement will provide a significant value-added service that I know will benefit our users.”

Dr. Wallom further explained, “By using a web-based service, we are also ensuring users will have minimum interaction with what they might consider complex ICT tools and technologies -- whilst giving them access to a sophisticated yet easy-to-use capability.”

Globus Online is a secure, reliable file transfer service that makes it easy to move datasets of any size, whether between supercomputing facilities or from a facility to a local server or personal computer, without requiring custom end-to-end systems.

“We are very happy to provide this service for the hundreds of researchers who rely on NGS resources,” said Ian Foster, Director of the Computation Institute at University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, home to Globus Online. “With the increased capacity for sharing and collaboration that Globus Online provides, NGS users should be able to better focus on their research without the distraction of having to worry about how to move files from here to there.”

A detailed tutorial about using Globus Online with NGS is available at http://www.ngs.ac.uk/globus-online-tutorial

UK NGS users can sign up for a free Globus Online account at https://www.globusonline.org/.