Atempo Time Navigator and Atempo Digital Archive Meet the Extreme Security Requirements of DLR to Ensure Reliable Data Backup and Restoration
LONDON, UK., 17th October 2011- Atempo, Inc., a leading provider of cross-platform data protection and archiving solutions, today announced that the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is protecting all of its data from the Columbus research project at the International Space Station (ISS) with the Atempo Time Navigator (ATN) backup solution. At the German Space Operations Centre (GSOC), the leading institution of manned European space travel, the European Columbus research laboratory generates critical research data in addition to data collected from monitoring operations. Developed and implemented in collaboration with ASSISTRA, an Atempo partner, the new DLR backup solution ensures rapid disaster recovery in the event of an emergency. In addition, around 50TB of data from 2008 and 2009 will be stored on tape with the Atempo Digital Archive solution.
"In the aerospace industry, we work with extreme security requirements that make even the installation of standard systems a challenge. Should a system fail, the whole world would be watching us," said Dr. Rolf Kozlowski, deputy head of the Communications and Ground Stations department at DLR. “The security of the Columbus research data is a top priority and comprises voice, video and measurement data. However, at the beginning of the Columbus project in February 2008, the storage and backup solution already in place was not always available and often proved itself to be unstable and difficult to manage after even just a short time in operation.”
Today the DLR uses a NAS cluster based on two Hitachi NAS products, in combination with USP VM storage systems in the prime data centre that are mirrored in the backup data centre. The backup of the entire storage system is performed centrally with Atempo Time Navigator. ATN saves the data in the backup data centre daily to a tape library and completes a full backup every two weeks for the fourteen file systems in the DLR's six independent sub-systems. The backup policies for each sub-system avoid bottlenecks by evenly distributing backup operations across systems. In addition, storage administrators can restore data using Atempo Time Navigator's intuitive interface.
In the near future, the data will also be stored for up to ten years following completion of the project, using Atempo Digital Archive in order to optimize storage space and ensure long-term storage of the data until 2030. All data that is older than the previous year is then completely moved, using Atempo Digital Archive, from more expensive hard disk storage to cost-efficient tapes in the tape library in order to optimize storage space capacities.
"By optimizing our data storage and backups, we have significantly reduced the number of failures and costs associated with them. Our new backup architecture means we can restore our data quickly at any time. And in an emergency, we rely on support from ASSISTRA and Atempo's support in Germany," said Kozlowski.
About the German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
DLR is Germany's national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests. Aeronautics and space make substantial contributions to the way we live today. Aviation guarantees our global mobility and satellites enable worldwide communication. Remote sensing generates data about our environment, while the exploration of space leads to new knowledge about the origin and development of the Solar System, its planets, and, hence, about the creation of life. Further information can be found at www.dlr.de.
ASSISTRA AG has been developing and implementing customer-specific solutions for data management in companies and organisations since 1998. These solutions range from backup, archiving, storage and file and content services to virtualisation (desktop, storage and server). The multi-certificate-holding service provider is independent of manufacturers and creates secure and economical solutions on behalf of its clients. All of the results of its in-depth consulting are verified by stress tests in the company's own competence centre. ASSISTRA AG assists its clients' ongoing operations with extensive support packages and an in-house data centre. Further information can be found at www.assistra.com.
Atempo enables organizations to preserve and protect digital information simply and effectively, across any infrastructure, on any platform, over long periods of time. Atempo’s comprehensive archiving solutions deliver policy-based and workflow-driven management of rich media files, e-mail and other high-value digital assets to maximize the efficiency and performance of storage systems and reduce long-term storage costs. Atempo’s fully-integrated software portfolio also includes backup and recovery of heterogeneous servers, workstations and laptops throughout the enterprise – from the data centre to remote offices. Atempo serves thousands of customers around the world through a sales and support network of over 200 resellers and partners. Learn more about Atempo at www.atempo.com.
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