• ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
      CENTER MAXIMIZES ANTARCTIC
      GLOBAL WARMING INSIGHTS
      WITH DECREASED DATA CENTER
      FOOTPRINT

BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY

QUICK FACTS
Industry: National Laboratories

“We measure as much of the Antarctic environment as possible. Our rate of change is increasing dramatically, which puts pressure on our data collection and storage systems. This year, we’ll collect twice the amount of data as last year.”

Jeremy Robst

IT Support Engineer and Head of Unix Systems for British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is one of the world’s leading environmental research centers with a long and distinguished history carrying out research and surveys in the Antarctic and surrounding regions. As a component of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), the Cambridge-based center has undertaken the majority of Britain’s scientific research on and around the frozen continent for more than 60 years.

BAS’s small, yet dedicated IT team struggled to accommodate insatiable data storage demands generated by BAS’s various months-long expeditions and ongoing scientific research. Everything from air and water temperature, water turbulence, wind information and the amount of radiation from sunshine falling on the ocean is captured, along with the types and amounts of marine life moving in the water. As one of the major Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) hubs, BAS was faced with an immediate requirement for major storage expansion. The challenge was finding the solution that best fit the organization’s requirements for high-capacity, high performance storage within its budget parameters.

Read their case study to learn how high-performance DDN® storage has helped BAS:

  • Improved data ingest, analysis and collaboration globally with up to 1.5PB of storage capacity to predict future climate change
  • High-density configuration permits 10x boost in capacity within a reduced footprint
CHALLENGES

  • Participation in major global initiative and increased use of scientific modeling drove exponential rise in data storage requirements
  • Needed to upgrade existing storage infrastructure to meet yearly 2x data growth
  • Limited data center space, power and budget resources

SOLUTION

DDN’s SFA7700X hybrid flash storage appliance with customer-provided Lustre® Parallel File System


BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • Performance-optimized storage can accommodate up to two years of aggressive growth before another expansion
  • Scientific researchers can fully utilize the mix of flash and rotating media to speed performance for a variety of applications including WRF, MITgcm and BLAST

TECHNICAL BENEFITS

  • DDN’s industry-leading density supports storage growth within existing data center footprint
  • Newfound ability to mix and match storage types in one enclosure, including SSD drives, enables combination of both fast online storage with near-line storage
  • Strengthened support for VMware environment and seamless move to Lustre parallel file system