SOURCE: General Atomics

November 12, 2007 15:58 ET

Nirvana Welcomes D-GRiD Institutions as Participants of Its Academic and Research Use Program for Storage Resource Broker® (SRB®)

Nirvana Empowers Researchers With Free Use of Its Enterprise Data Middleware

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Nirvana Storage, a division of General Atomics, today announced that its Academic and Research Use Program, which has received wide interest from academic and research communities around the world, has signed on MediGRID institutions. MediGRID is a part of the German D-GRiD Initiative that enables data sharing and collaboration in biomedical research.

SRB connects diverse and distributed data systems for unified access, extracts and manages metadata to facilitate search and discovery, and automates a number of data management tasks for reduced administration and regulatory compliance.

With SRB, multiple data stores can be merged into a large data repository, which is accessible from any CIFS or NFS environment (e.g., Windows, MacOS, LINUX, etc.) as a virtual file system. Data management tasks, such as replication, synchronization, migration and backup, can be carried out transparently without user interruption. With its versatile interfaces and broad compatibility, SRB is a powerful integration tool.

Nirvana's Academic and Research Use Program brings the power of SRB to researchers at qualified institutions with a free permanent license. For further details, please visit http://www.ga.com/nirvana.

About D-GRiD

The German D-Grid Initiative was founded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in March 2004, as a long-term strategic grid research and development initiative. The goal is to design, build and operate a network of distributed integrated and virtualized high-performance resources and related services to enable the processing of large amounts of scientific data and information.

About Nirvana and General Atomics

Nirvana Storage was established in 2000 as a division of General Atomics. It commercializes data grid technology originally developed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), which was founded and operated by General Atomics for many years. Nirvana Storage is located in San Diego, California, and provides advanced data solutions to government, research and industry customers around the world. General Atomics and its affiliates supply services ranging from research in magnetic fusion and inertial fusion energy, to defense programs, high power lasers, UWB communications, and manufacturing of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. http://www.ga.com/nirvana

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