CSC Taps Technical Computing Firm for NOAA Data Archiving

Computer Sciences Corp. selected technical computing firm SGI to provide storage tier virtualization to support data archiving for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Falls Church, Va.-based consulting and contracting firm said its NOAA account team chose SGI’s DMF solution to support NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

That account team falls within the company’s North American public sector group.

Jose Reinoso, SGI’s vice president of storage engineering, said the installation extends his company’s collaboration with CSC to deploy DMF.

DMF creates and manages a tiered virtual storage environment to facilitate automatic data migration.

Data always appears online to end users and applications in any location.

DMF uses parallel data movers and servers powered by Intel’s Xeon 5670 series processors.

The laboratory has an active data repository which can migrate 100 terabytes of data within its archive, according to the CSC release.

The laboratory currently stores 30 petabytes, or 30 million billion gigabytes, of data.

NOAA anticipates storage will increase to 90 petabytes over the next three years.

The laboratory develops and uses mathematical models and computer simulations to study and predict behaviors within the atmosphere, oceans and climate.

NOAA awarded a nearly $502 million contract to IBM in November for a primary backup data center and support for the agency’s supercomputers.

That contract runs through 2016 and the company’s relationship with NOAA could extend to 2021.

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