Pleasant encounters of the VM kind: leveraging on NeCTAR VMs to achieve research outcomes

Gacenga, Francis and Kelly, Nick and Rayment, Erin (2014) Pleasant encounters of the VM kind: leveraging on NeCTAR VMs to achieve research outcomes. In: eResearch Australasia 2014 Conference: Towards Unified Global Research, 27-31 Oct 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper presents the journey taken by researchers at Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) member universities in achieving research outcomes using QCIF eResearch services. Researchers at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) who need to host web services on tight research budgets encounter the challenge of competing priorities on scarce ICT resources. The process of either setting up a physical server or accessing locally hosted Virtual Machines (VM)s can be time consuming and expensive. This paper provides a study of the journeys of two researchers working on different projects requiring web hosting, detailing their experiences and how use of National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) VMs is enhancing their research outcomes. Through USQ's QCIF membership, the researchers were able to access NeCTAR VMs and eResearch service support that reduced the time, effort and cost of webhosting services for their research. The key value of the QCIF eResearch service delivered to the researchers was the integrated service model that was responsive to each researcher's unique requirements. The researchers were able to get questions answered and issues resolved in a timely way that allowed for a quick turnaround of their web server implementation. The collaborative approach to providing eResearch services offered by QCIF meant that the researchers in each of QCIF's member universities can draw on the resources, skills and expertise from a larger pool, thus enabling responsiveness, scalability and the agility required to respond to each researchers unique requirements. The eResearch analysts work in a close network and provide mutual support and collaboration in facilitating researcher outcomes.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 05:46
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: VM; virtual machine; eResearch; collaboration
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890206 Internet Hosting Services (incl. Application Hosting Services)
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26764

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