Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Selects Dell to Build Three-Petabyte Storage Infrastructure, Supporting High

  Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Selects Dell to Build
  Three-Petabyte Storage Infrastructure, Supporting High Performance and
  Capacity Needs of Institute’s Research

Business Wire

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- February 6, 2013

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) has selected Dell
Compellent arrays to provide high-performance and large capacity storage for
its growing, private cloud environment that supports its students and
researchers. With initial available capacity of three petabytes, the new
storage infrastructure is one of the world’s largest Dell Compellent
implementations. The new Dell Compellent infrastructure will enable JAIST to
access information quickly and efficiently protect large amounts of important
research data.

The new storage arrays will bolster the storage capabilities of FRONTIER
(FRONT Information EnviRonment), a campus IT platform constructed to support
advanced teaching and research activities at JAIST, which specializes in
graduate-level education and research. JAIST is strengthening their IT
environment to help further advance its world-class research. As the core of
this system, a private cloud environment is being implemented with the aim to
improve convenience for users and help achieve low cost, high energy
efficiency and streamlined management by centralizing hardware resources.

“With advancements to the Dell Fluid Data architecture and the enterprise
capabilities of Dell Compellent storage arrays, an increasing number of
customers are turning to Dell for large-scale storage deployments,” said Alan
Atkinson, vice president and general manager of Dell Storage. “JAIST’s
selection of Dell Compellent is the latest example of our ability to
efficiently and cost effectively offer both performance and protection to
power business-critical workloads.”

JAIST adopted Dell storage for FRONTIER to centralize the management of large
research data sets created and accessed by individual researchers and teams.
In order to deliver necessary data for the users’ research activities quickly
and with high reliability, JAIST replaced two previous systems with Dell
Compellent, providing a combination of both high performance and high capacity
to manage a large volume of data in one solution.

When updating its centralized storage system, JAIST faced a number of
challenges, including achieving fast data access and constructing efficient
back-up for large data sets. Another key requirement for JAIST was to
eliminate the issue of depleted IPv4 addresses and build an efficient storage
infrastructure with IPv6 compatibility. Through Dell Compellent’s support of
IPv6, JAIST can extend its infrastructure to the required scale provided by
the new 128-bit addressing scheme.

Dell was chosen to help solve these challenges and greatly improve the
performance of JAIST’s storage capabilities. With Dell Compellent’s automated
data tiering technology, JAIST can benefit from both the performance and
capacity from a single system, which previously had been managed separately.
The Dell Compellent system also provides:

  *Automated data tiering allows for automated management and movement of
    data between a combination of SSD and SAS drives, and enables fast data
    access and high-capacity with fewer disks
  *Compatibility with IPv6 using Dell Compellent zNAS to build an efficient
    storage infrastructure
  *Advanced snapshot features, which provide efficient storage of only the
    changes made to stored data for fast local recovery
  *Advanced replication feature that only replicates changed data provides
    disaster recovery for petabytes of data

About Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

JAIST endeavors to foster leaders capable of contributing to the making of a
future world by creation of science and technology, through its most advanced
education and research in an ideal academic environment. For more information,
please visit http://www.jaist.ac.jp/index-e.html.

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