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Space: Vast storage

Space is big, really big

Space is big. Really big.

Introducing, a large scale, high performance, collaborative, and cost effective digital storage system specially tailored, designed and constructed by researchers for researchers. Space offers continuously growing capacity of up to 50 petabytes of fast, reliable and safe active and archive data retention. You have data, so we have Space.

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Why Space?

  1. Space is networked to the entire Australian higher education sector at unmatched speed.
  2. Space is easily and securely accessed with existing IDs.
  3. Space is available in simple and predictable subsidised and unsubsidised models.
  4. Space is a product of Intersect, owned and endorsed by member universities and subsidised by the Australian and NSW Governments.


Space Travel

Data storage options can be overwhelming and technical. We make it easy to get into Space by combining technologies into helpful product choices that are simple to understand and use. There are four ways to travel in Space...


Store and share active data

Large amounts of active storage with maximum performance for use with your own applications. Combines the best of open and proprietary data transport technologies. Data can be read, written, copied, moved, checkpointed or synchronised; either programmatically or interactively. Available now.


Create your own virtual lab

Designed for discipline-specific, dedicated research applications: your virtual lab in Space. Ideal when combined with virtual computing to create a unified app hosting environment with Intersect as a single point of support. Available now.



Archive and preserve data assets

A kind of Space suitable for archive retention, either as a secondary mirror or a primary backup. Trades performance for capacity but in all other respects emulates active storage for protocol and application access. Secondary site interstate DeepSpace available mid 2015.


Light speed

Space is connected by optical fibre to Australia’s Academic and Research Network ( the not-for-profit company that operates the National Research and Education Network (NREN). This means Space travel is optimally fast to critical eResearch infrastructure, such as high performance computing clusters Orange and Raijin, other organisations, medical research and clinical facilities and every Australian university campus. AARNet operates dedicated international fibre and interconnects as a peer of Internet2 in the USA, TEIN in Asia and GÉANT in Europe. Because AARNet also connects directly to commercial organisations and telecommunications companies, rapid transit is also possible between Space and Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Telstra, Optus and more.

Hear your scream

In Space you control who can hear you scream. Space identity is assured by the Australian Access Federation (AAF), meaning that you can easily share with potentially every Australian university researcher, many NGOs, and private sector research organisations using their own credentials. You can narrow or widen the audience at your discretion, and you can even add people that do not have federated identities.


Space made bigger from the inside.

If you’re part of an information technology department or responsible for eResearch infrastructure, InnerSpace could be for you. We offer selected products in a wholesale context designed to fit in with organisational policies and governance. Crucially, InnerSpace access is authenticated by reusing existing credentials, so an organisation can offer convenience, peace of mind and security to its research community

Plotting Your Trajectory

There’s no such thing as an ‘average’ researcher when it comes to intensity, appetite and turnover of data, so no one size of Space fits all. A bioinformatician may need flexible access, an astronomer’s primary need may be throughput. Collaboration tools may be the biggest driver for a social scientist, while an archaeologist needs geocoding. Intersect people are flexible and ready to help leverage Space to solve individual, team, and organisational data challenges.

Research data is often encumbered by ethical, confidentiality or legal constraints that change over time. No matter what, you can always take your data out of Space if you decide to move. Terms of Service for Space guarantee agreed data sovereignty, audience, intellectual property rights and control of sharing.

Although Space is as simple as it can be, every mission involves pre-launch complexity. It’s important to understand up front that in general Space bundles differ. For example SpaceShuttle stores data with different security models, access protocols and data formats. Your Intersect eRA will work with you to recommend the right Space for your project.

´╗┐The Big Bang

In the beginning, Space was created by Intersect Australia, a joint venture of universities from NSW and the ACT. It was bootstrapped through The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project, an initiative of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, is funded from the Education Investment Fund under the Super Science (Future Industries) initiative.

Moving into the future, Space is brought to you by Intersect and its partners: the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Newcastle, Southern Cross University, the University of New England, the University of Wollongong, the University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.