Welcome, dear reader, to the Peta Solutions Blog. “Another blog?”, you ask – yes very much so…
Let me start by providing a bit of background to who we are and what we are doing, this might help set the context for the diversity of things you are going to read here.
The Peta Solutions teams is located in the “Researchers and Lecturers” Division of SWITCH. Peta (of course) means big (bigger than Tera, anyway) and gives an indication of what we are working with:
Big things… We are here to help researchers with, shall we say, specialised needs in their ITC infrastructure. This started several years ago with Grid activities (several of our team members have been working in Grid related projects the last years), Cloud (we have been busy building our own cloud over the last months), SDN (Software Defined Networking), Network performance (our PERT – Performance Emergency Response Team stands by in case of performance problems) and more.
We work directly with researchers, and help them getting up to speed on these issues.
So what should you expect from this blog? We have a couple of ideas, some of us have blogged for quite a while, some are taking a wait and see attitude – the normal mix in other words.
We plan to talk about our experiences building, maintaining and operating infrastructure, maybe providing you with the crucical nugget of information that helps you solve a problem. We invite researchers we are working with to share their experiences. We sometimes will wax philosophically about things that are on our collective minds.
In any case, we are happy if all of this turns into a discourse: you are most welcome to respond.
Alessandra, Alessandro, Jens-Christian, Kurt, Placi, Rüdiger, Sam, Simon, Valery