NASA rockets datasets into Amazon’s cloud with Avere

As endorsements go, this is pretty neat

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NASA’s Ames Research Centre is moving many files into Amazon’s S3 cloud using Avere’s gateway tech.

Ames wants to consolidate legacy storage and move many of its datasets to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to save cash.

It knows a teensy-weensy bit about IT, running NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division’s Pleiades supercomputer cluster, for example.

Currently lots of data sets, such as lunar and inter-planetary mission imagery, are stored on Ames’ filers with SMB (CIFS) and NFS access.

There are various cloud storage gateways (including Panzura and Nasuni, for example) but Avere punched NASA’s ticket because it could enable speedy NFS/CIFS response times while also getting the cost-effective pricing that AWS offers.

Avere’s FXT Edge Filer, FlashMove and FlashCloud products are involved.

Flash Move, Avere says, pumps live, on-premises file data to the cloud. FlashCloud integrates cloud snapshots with the FXT’s file system. Avere says it “eliminates the latency associated with the public cloud by using Avere Edge-Core architecture to make hot data more available while pushing warm and cold data backwards”.

Getting fanciful, Avere is being used like a shuttle to move data back and forth between Ames’ on-premises facilities and Amazon’s file station up in the S3 cloud. It’s a cloud storage gateway case study to die for. ®

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