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NASA Space Missions Fuel Massive Storage Projects

Phoenix may be on Mars, but NASA storage is firmly earthbound and growing fast

NASAs Mars mission may be grabbing headlines this week, but there has been a vast storage infrastructure underpinning the nine-month, 422-million-mile trek to the Red Planet.

Data storage projects are playing an increasingly important role for NASA as the administration plans more ambitious space missions and a myriad of cutting-edge research. Officials have already teamed up with Google, for example, around "large-scale data management" and will host a joint conference with the IEEE in September devoted to designing and building “mass storage systems."

From supercomputers to solid state disks (SSDs), here’s a rundown of some of NASA’s current storage projects:

SAN-based supercomputing
NASA is consuming compute power at a rapid rate, forcing officials to rethink their server and storage strategies over the last few months.

The space administration, for example, has already deployed more than 1 Pbyte of disk and 10 Pbytes of tape storage as part of its core SAN infrastructure, which is built mainly on hardware from SGI and Sun/StorageTek.

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