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NetApp Improves Data Processing Capabilities for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

By SpaceRef Editor
June 5, 2009
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NetApp (NasdaqGS:NTAP) today announced that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has improved the performance of its scientific satellite data processing system with the recent deployment of a NetApp(R) FAS6080 storage system. The NetApp FAS6080, which stores and processes 830TB of data that is received by satellite, has enabled JAXA to double its I/O throughput and increase performance when compared to its previous storage system.

The data obtained from the satellite is processed by the JAXA computer system and transformed into various images and videos. JAXA then stores this data for several years and conducts research and analysis on it over time. While used internally, this data is also leveraged by several outside agencies, including the National Astronomical Observatory. The NetApp FAS6080 enables JAXA to transfer this data to external agencies in both an efficient and reliable manner while seamlessly handling the resulting workloads for improved performance.

In the future, JAXA has plans to leverage new satellites in order to obtain additional forms of data. As a result, JAXA will continue to work with NetApp to increase its storage system capacity to meet the growing demands.

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