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November 24, 2015 15:00 ET

USRA Chooses iXsystems TrueNAS for 1PB NASA Infrared Astronomy Project

TrueNAS Keeps USRA's Data Online at Less Than Half the Cost of Other Vendors

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - November 24, 2015) - iXsystems, an industry leader in storage and servers driven by Open Source, announced that the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) selected TrueNAS unified storage to keep their ever-growing scientific and engineering data online. The TrueNAS array will be used by the USRA to support the data generated by the NASA Stratospheric Observatory for the Infrared Astronomy project. TrueNAS gives the USRA a scalable storage system that can grow to 4PB using 40% of the rack space and costing 50% less than competitive storage solutions.

"Our project currently stores vast amounts of scientific and engineering data, and our storage requirements are incrementally growing by several factors on an annualized basis," said Jonathan Wong of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). "For convenience, security, and performance reasons, we needed to maximize our storage solution to a scalable unified storage system, which made TrueNAS an easy choice. We also get instant online access and long-term file integrity thanks to the TrueNAS and E60."

Combining the TrueNAS TCO with its wide variety of services and protocols, an easy to manage file system, and robust data protection options meant TrueNAS solved all of USRA's storage needs in one array, ensuring the Stratospheric Observatory's data stays pristine and secure for posterity.

"The USRA wanted to keep all their data online for many reasons, instead of archiving it or storing it in the cloud," said Gary Archer, Director of Storage Marketing for iXsystems. "Many customers are looking at ways to be more economical. A TrueNAS Z35 scales to 4PB and lets customers save on power and storage costs. With a lower TCO than most of the competition, TrueNAS is the best value in hybrid storage."

Traditionally dense expansion shelves can create I/O bottlenecks in a storage array, but TrueNAS solves this with TrueCache™, a combination of RAM and nonvolatile flash with high-density spinning disks, providing a cache-first storage approach that delivers blistering performance from flash memory for your most frequently accessed data on SAN and NAS. TrueNAS also protects this data from corruption and has built-in local and remote replication, intelligent inline compression/deduplication, and encryption. It also includes 24/7 US-based technical support.

With TrueNAS, users store more data at a price below what many cloud-storage providers charge to transfer and access data. To learn more about TrueNAS or to obtain a no-risk quote, visit or send an email to, call us at 1-855-GREP-4-IX (473-7449) in the United States, or +1 (408) 943-4100 internationally.

About iXsystems:

By leveraging decades of expertise in hardware design, its contributions to many Open Source software communities, and corporate stewardship of leading Open Source projects (FreeNAS and PC-BSD), iXsystems has become an industry leader in building innovative storage solutions and superior enterprise servers for a global marketplace that relies on open technology.

Thousands of companies, universities, and government organizations have come to rely on iXsystems' storage, servers, and consultative approach to doing business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley since its founding in 1996, through incorporation into BSDi in 2000, and expansion as iXsystems in 2005, the dedication to white-glove customer service, industry-leading support, and transparent technological contributions has never wavered and continues to help lay the foundation for a new era powered by open technology.

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