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Inter-University Laboratory of Atmospheric Systems Selecting Sphere 3D SnapScale

As primary storage to protect 400TB of scientific research data

Sphere 3D Corp. announced that LISA Inter-University Laboratory of Atmospheric Systems, a joint university between Paris-Est Creteil, Paris Diderot and CNRS, has selected SnapScale, a large scale-out solutions, as primary storage to protect all of its scientific research data.

LISA research focuses on understanding the functions of terrestrial and planetary atmospheres and the impacts related to the changes of the atmospheric composition due to human activities.

LISA, a division of the internationally recognized Observatory of Earth Sciences EFFLUVE and the IPSL research federation for environment and climate research, is implementing a broad set of instruments for conducting physical and chemical measurements in the laboratory and in the field of gaseous and particulate atmospheric compounds. LISA required a highly-available storage solution for scientific data generated through its research collected from field instruments, simulation chambers, processing of inversion of satellite data and modeling data. SnapScale enterprise scale-out storage clusters scale to hundreds of petabytes in capacity in a single storage pool, while providing multi-tiered data integrity and protection. LISA is using SnapScale to manage their unstructured data generated from extensive measurements, analysis, and simulation modeling.

SnapScale was chosen by LISA over other competitive solutions for the simplicity of deployment, the data protection architecture, and scalability. Both scale-up and scale-out capabilities are supported for matching performance and storage capacity growth as needed. SnapScale provides the HA that LISA required to tolerate multiple disk failures, or the failure of nodes, and through software refreshes without any disruption of service. SnapScale uses Sphere 3D's patented Peer Set protection technology that reduces any service degradation caused by offline data reconstruction normally experienced with traditional scale-out solutions.

LISA started with 65TB of SnapScale storage using partially populated X4 nodes. They have added drives and nodes with ease and no service disruption to grow their storage deployment to over 400TB. The SnapScale infrastructure allows them to grow their storage cluster to several hundred petabytes.

"HA of our storage infrastructure is critical to our research activity and the reason we chose SnapScale," said Cyril Pennanech, responsible for IT services and networking, LISA. "We were also very impressed by the simplicity and scale of SnapScale. Since our initial deployment, we have seamlessly added capacity, and we expect SnapScale to continue growing as our data grows."

LISA initially employed a scale-out system built using partially populated SnapScale X4 systems. SnapScale's scale-up feature allowed the customer to increase performance and capacity by adding more drives. When new nodes were added, they 'learned' their configuration from the cluster, resulting in zero operational overhead for LISA. In addition, the SnapScale cluster remained functional during this expansion, and self-balanced the data to scale performance and capacity. SnapScale allows customers to scale capacity and performance of the storage cluster.

"The LISA scientific research institute's experience with our SnapScale enterprise scale-out solution exemplifies how customers with rapid data growth achieve on-demand and granular scaling of capacity and performance without adding management complexity," said Nilesh Patel, VP of product management and marketing, Sphere3D.

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