The University of Pisa, one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1343, is transforming its research capabilities with VAST Data’s revolutionary data platform. As Maurizio Davini, CTO of the University of Pisa explained, while the university has a long and prestigious history, its scientific computing infrastructure had been distributed across 250 buildings in the medieval town until 2016. At that point, the university decided to build a new centralized data center facility outside of town to consolidate all its IT services and high-performance computing capabilities.
Over the past seven years, the data center has grown significantly to around 25,000 CPU and GPU cores, storing 12 petabytes that was managed from various vendors. However, as research demands accelerated, particularly in AI, the status quo would not suffice and the university sought out a different platform.