Hitachi data storage solution for German Space Operations Center – DLR (Germany)

A reliable solution for the International Space Station

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.

The Columbus module is used for the Astronauts to perform their experiments so they can do their job. We have to make provision on the ground for the life support system, for the communications and for their timetable.

Dr Rolf Kozlowski, Deputy Head of the Communications & Ground Station Department, German Aerospace Center

We met DLR on an event we had together with Hitachi Data systems. DLR had a very challenging situation in building up a new infrastructure. That was very interesting for Hitachi Data Systems and ASSISTRA to work together and find the best solution for them.

Dirk Neumann, CEO, ASSISTRA AG

 

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.

We needed a new solution for the data storage system which accommodated existing applications and infrastructure and provided a failsafe operation 24/7 each day of the year.

Dr Rolf Kozlowski, Deputy Head of the Communications & Ground Station Department, German Aerospace Center

Together with our partner Hitachi Data System we built up a solution, a proven solution, which fits up to the special requirements of the space business.

Dirk Neumann, CEO, ASSISTRA AG

 

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.

We knew that choosing Hitachi Data Systems as a partner in this project was the best decision we made, because no other vendor could cover this special requirement.

Dirk Neumann, CEO, ASSISTRA AG

The system not only delivers the stability required by DLR but also, if necessary, other functionalities such as storage virtualization and dynamic provisioning to help future proof the system.

Salmaan Malik, Account Manager, Hitachi Data Systems GmbH

Since we already had a test system from HDS and we used these teams before, I was very sure I could rely on them for the final migration of the system.

Dr Rolf Kozlowski, Deputy Head of the Communications & Ground Station Department, German Aerospace Center

 

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.

As well as the technical benefits the new solution offers us, we have been very impressed with the commitment and round the clock service which Hitachi Data Systems and ASSISTRA offer to us.

Dr Rolf Kozlowski, Deputy Head of the Communications & Ground Station Department, German Aerospace Center

The DLR project ends in 2020 and we are doing maintenance and support until this time together with Hitachi Data Systems.

Dirk Neumann, CEO, ASSISTRA AG

Our team has been proud to be associated with DLR and to play our part in the success of the Columbus Module on the International Space Station Operation. We understand its long term importance.

Dennis Frank, Sales Director, Hitachi Data Systems GmbH

 

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.

Customer: 
German Space Operations Center (DLR)
Industries: 
Aerospace
Region: 
Germany
Release Date: 
October 2012
Products & Services: 
IT
Solutions By: 
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation