FORS builds with SWITCH
FORS relies on SWITCHengines to host a new data and research information management service. SWISSUbase allows academic institutions and their affiliated researchers to manage and share the information and data of their research projects in line with the FAIR principles, thus fulfilling the requirements of funders and journals.
Granular access and user management with SWITCH edu-ID
The SWISSUbase platform is built on SWITCHengines. It leverages SWITCH edu-ID to facilitate granular access and user management, as well as SWITCHdrive which performs the role of a workspace for sharing data between members of project teams and institutions.
In the world of containers FORS are also investigating and evaluating a re-architecture towards a microservice based approach. It is based on the Openshift enterprise platform (currently in pilot) with a managed installation also run on SWITCHengines.
100% retention of data within Switzerland
The community cloud infrastructure provided by SWITCHengines, enables the computation and storage capacity that such a platform demands. Dual datacenters in Zürich & Lausanne, object level redundancy, and in particular the 100% retention of data within Switzerland allows FORS to fulfil all necessary regulatory requirements and to comply to CoreTrustSeal certification.
SWISSUbase may in the near future require large scale data capacity (up to 10 Petabyte), which can be easily provisioned on demand in just a few simple steps. In addition, storage is fully s3 compatible. Taking the super speedy SWITCHlan into account, data transfer is fast and smooth. Most importantly, data control conforms to two key standards: high availability and sustainability.