SOURCE: Atempo


June 27, 2011 06:35 ET

ALBA Synchrotron Shines a Light on Scientific Research Data Archiving With Atempo Digital Archive

Using Atempo Digital Archive to Preserve Hundreds of Terabytes of Scientific Data, Leading Research Facility Enhances User Experience and Optimizes Storage

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2011) - Atempo, a leading provider of cross-platform data protection and archiving solutions, today announced that the 200 million-Euro ALBA Synchrotron Light Facility has deployed Atempo Digital Archive, an advanced file archiving platform, to preserve hundreds of terabytes of scientific data for the long term while optimizing storage resources. ALBA is a state-of-the-art research facility that utilizes arrays of magnets to accelerate electrons and produce x-rays that help scientists understand the inner structures of particles.

"Using Atempo, we can centrally manage and securely archive 250TB of precious scientific experiment data for long-term retention, so it can always be accessed. Atempo Digital Archive allows us to easily and quickly search for and retrieve information," said Joachim Metge, IT Manager at ALBA. "In addition, being able to transfer a large amount of data to a low-cost tape solution means ALBA can keep costs down while at the same time continuing to provide fast easy access to the scientists' experiment data when they need it the most."

ALBA's synchrotron, a circular-shaped machine that uses arrays of magnets to generate bright beams of synchrotron light, can generate up to 300MB per second, presenting a major data storage and management challenge for the computing and controls team at ALBA. In order to provide scientists with fast access to experiment data, including results for analysis, ALBA has 250TB of primary storage on Hitachi NAS powered by BlueArc. In order to free up capacity on its higher performance primary storage and keep experiment data safe for future reference, ALBA chose Atempo Digital Archive (ADA). Using ADA's storage management capabilities, data is automatically migrated after a period of three months from ALBA's primary online storage to an Overland Storage NEO 8000e tape library with eight LTO-5 tape drives. By archiving less-frequently accessed data to tape with ADA, ALBA is able to store data efficiently and cost-effectively by ensuring that high performance data is always available on primary storage.

In addition, Atempo Digital Archive archives the specific and varying metadata that is recorded as each synchrotron experiment is carried out. By archiving this information, ADA enables the scientists to easily search and retrieve the experiment data based on specific metadata criteria.

ALBA also relies on Atempo Time Navigator (ATN) to safely and securely back up the company's 30 servers, containing around 30TB of data, including data directories, network shares and emails. ATN allows ALBA to easily restore files from any point in time and from any storage device. With the capability of carrying out incremental backups every day, whereby only new or revised files are backed up, bandwidth usage is minimized and backup windows are kept short.

"Scientific research facilities like ALBA are faced with exponential growth of unstructured data that needs to be kept safely for the long-term while remaining accessible for future use," said Richard Heitmann, vice president of marketing at Atempo. "As a leading provider of data protection and archiving solutions, Atempo enables research centers to easily and efficiently manage their data, optimize their existing storage resources and keep costs down."

About ALBA
ALBA is a facility co-financed by the Spanish government and the Catalan government. It is a new generation of synchrotron. ALBA is a circular-shaped machine that uses arrays of magnets, called insertion devices to generate bright beams of synchrotron light. ALBA is situated in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near Barcelona. Around the machine there are a collection of experimental research laboratories, called beamlines. At each beamline, scientists independently use the light generated by the machine for a wide variety of experiments. The ALBA team currently consists of about 160 dedicated engineers, scientists, support staff and technicians.

About Atempo
Atempo enables organizations to preserve and protect digital information simply and effectively, across any infrastructure, on any platform, over long periods of time. Atempo's comprehensive archiving solutions deliver policy-based and workflow-driven management of rich media files, e-mail and other high-value digital assets to maximize the efficiency and performance of storage systems and reduce long-term storage costs. Atempo's fully-integrated software portfolio also includes backup and recovery of heterogeneous servers, workstations and laptops throughout the enterprise -- from the data center to remote offices. Atempo serves thousands of customers around the world through a sales and support network of over 200 resellers and partners. Learn more about Atempo at

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