Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Selects Active Archive
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on Wed, June 27th, 2012
With 400TB tape and 700TB disk solution
MSI is a research community of approximately 3,000 users accessing and storing large volumes of content on a regular basis. Its active archive system guarantees that its researchers will have reliable, online and access to their archived data.
"By implementing an active archive, MSI is able to ensure high storage density, reliability and ready access to users' nearline and archived file data in the same storage solution that is utilized for backups and data protection. We manage and store large volumes of data so it was important to select a file archive solution that is scalable and can grow as our capacity needs increase," said Jeff McDonald, assistant director for HPC Operations at MSI. "Equally important, we needed a system that provides a high level of data reliability and good metadata management to make it easy to find the data upon request for retrieval."
The MSI active archive solution includes the Spectra Logic T950
enterprise tape library, with one partition connected to a 700TB SGI CXFS
shared file system using SGI DMF for file archive storage, and a second
partition connected to MSI's existing Sun ZFS file system and NetApp disk
storage using a Tivoli client for data backup to tape.
Since the initial implementation of its active archive solution, the tape library has grown from 300 to 400TB and is expected to increase capacity to more than 1PB within the next six months as additional online storage is required.
By applying a unified file system to expand over disk and tape library technologies, MSI can enable a persistent view of the data in its archives and have fast access to the data. Other benefits of the storage solution implemented with the T950 tape storage included expandability and scalability as well as reliability and high storage density.
"By implementing an active archive, MSI is able to ensure high storage density, reliability and ready access to users' nearline and archived file data in the same storage solution that is utilized for backups and data protection," said Molly Rector, chairman of the Active Archive Alliance, and EVP of product management and WW marketing at Spectra Logic. "In addition, the T950 enterprise tape library is capable of scaling to very large capacities, and it provides industry leading density that minimizes floor space requirements."
MSI is an interdisciplinary research program spanning all colleges
of the University of Minnesota. It provides supercomputing resources and user
support to faculty and their research groups. It is a program in the
University's broad-based digital technology effort, supporting collaborative
research within the University and the state of Minnesota as well as education
related to supercomputing and scientific computing for undergraduates and
Full case study of this project
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