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Antarctic Survey Navigates Data with DDN

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) deployed DDN’s SFA7700X hybrid flash storage appliance to meet a surge in research data that is helping to shed light on environmental issues including the impact of global warming on the Antarctic ice shelf.

Faced with collecting 10 times more data than a decade ago, BAS required high-performance storage that could grow in place at its data center in Cambridge, England. With DDN’s SFA7700X, BAS extracts maximum performance and value from both spinning disk and flash media.

“The ability to blend some of the fastest online storage with near-line storage in one solution meets our demands for performance-optimized solutions,” says Jeremy Robst, IT support engineer and head of Unix systems for British Antarctic Survey. “DDN helps us to manage our research needs with reliable, scalable Lustre and VMware support, helping us and the research community gain more insight from our big data sets.”

Thanks to DDN’s high-density configuration, BAS has been able to cut data center space dedicated to storage by almost half while increasing capacity more than 10x. Says Robst, “The ability to increase storage without needing more power or space will make a big difference in the future.”