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Hitachi data storage solution for German Space Operations Center – DLR (Germany)
A reliable solution for the International Space Station
Hitachi Data Storage Solution for German Space Operations Center (DLR)
In February 2008 a new European Research Laboratory on the International Space Station was commissioned. It was called the Columbus Module and since its launch all European ISS data from the experiments, observations and operations have been collected, monitored and recorded by the German Space Operations Centre (DLR) in Germany, the Headquarters for European Human and Satellite space flight. It collects data such as ISS commands, telemetry, video, voice loops and data from the many experiments carried out onboard Columbus. The Centre needed a reliable and stable data storage system.
Meeting the Demanding Requirements of Data Storage for Aerospace
DLR's previous data storage system was no longer able to meet the demanding requirements of aerospace. DLR therefore needed to adapt its infrastructure and applications to accommodate a new, future proof, storage system which could meet the high levels of availability and support required by aerospace.
Test and Provide a Flexible and Reliable Data Storage Solution
DLR was able to test its environment and systems in the Hitachi labs. The next step was for Hitachi to install a test system into DLR for a six month trial period. The installation of the final system took place in Summer 2010 and the migration of all existing data commenced, this was completed in June 2011. Since the initial installation, all new data from the International Space Station has been successfully stored on the system.
A Successful Solution Providing Failsafe Operation 24/7
DLR now has a flexible data storage solution with plenty of memory space available for the rest of the mission, which finishes in 2020. The system runs perfectly and the number of outages is virtually zero. This means that DLR is able to concentrate on the space flight itself. Hitachi has been proud to be associated with the project and understands its long term importance for the future.
About The German Space Operations Center (DLR)
The German Space Operations Centre is based in Oberpfaffenhofen, just outside Munich in Germany. The Centre is operated by the German Aerospace Centre, known as DLR and is the Headquarters for European Human and Satellite Space Flight. DLR employs over 7000 people and operates as a service provider for the European Space Agency, known as ESA. Amongst other projects, it collects data from experiments carried out on the Columbus Module, which is the European Research Laboratory, on-board the International Space Station.
About ASSISTRA AG
ASSISTRA AG is based in Munich and has been developing strategies for integrated data management since 1998. It works for a wide cross section of organisations, including hospitals and government authorities, to provide solutions which are designed with a long-term future perspective. ASSISTRA is independent of IT manufacturers and works closely with clients to find the optimum, most technically effective and economically viable IT solution. It has worked in Partnership with Hitachi on numerous projects over the past eleven years.
About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides systems, software and expertise to meet the needs of the most demanding companies and organisations throughout the world. It does business worldwide in over 100 countries and employs more than 5900 employees. HDS helps organisations transform raw data into valuable information by making data more accessible and simpler to manage. As the leader in storage virtualisation, HDS offers a common virtualised platform for all data information. It believes that data drives our world and that information is the new currency.