Success Story: How NRENs support data intensive research (KENET, Kenya)

Read the full KENET Annual Community Newsletter 2018 at https://www.kenet.or.ke/sites/default/files/Annual%20Community%20Newsletter%202018.pdf for news on Open Science workshops, new data centres and more.

Well done to KENET colleagues for the work they do! Below a success story from the newsletter on how KENET provisioned a free virtual server with 5TB storage on the KENET research cloud so that Prof. Ateka (JKUAT, Kenya) could collaborate and exchange data at a high speed with a researcher at the University of Western Australia, Dr. Laura Boykin. Dr. Laura Boykin this week tweeted that she had published 15 research papers with African research collaborators, as a result of this collaboration. NRENs play an incredibly important role in providing services towards data sharing, processing, analysis and more, advancing science towards finding solutions to the many challenges experienced. 

Use of KENET Virtual Lab Fosters Kenya-Australia Research Collaboration

The KENET Virtual Lab is a research cloud computing platform where researchers can spin up pre-configured virtual appliances on demand, as well as store and share data. Prof. Elijah Ateka, an Associate Professor of Plant Virology in the Department of Horticulture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) collaborates with Dr. Laura Boykin from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in a gene sequencing project. The use of the KENET VLab in their research resolved the challenges of online file sharing and unsuccessful file transfer. On the KENET VLab, they were allocated 5 TB of storage space, which enabled them to successfully share large volumes of data in real-time. Prof. Ateka noted that their data transfer process was made efficient and less tedious using the KENET Virtual Lab. Read full Q&A Interview: https://www.kenet.or.ke/content/qa-usekenet-virtual-lab-fosters-kenya-australia-research-collaboration