University of Bristol Deploys FileTek StorHouse for Big Data Storage and Access of Research, High-Performance Computing, and Other Vital Information

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FileTek, Inc., a leading global provider of large-scale data management, Big Data Storage virtualization, and active archive solutions, today announced that the University of Bristol, a globally distinguished university dedicated to academic achievement, individual scholarship, and interdisciplinary research at the highest levels across a broad range of disciplines, has evaluated, selected, and deployed a comprehensive StorHouse active archive system to backup, protect, centrally manage, and provide access to its critical information, including research and high-performance computing data. The StorHouse deployment consists of separate primary and backup systems located in the Computer Centre on the main University campus in Bristol. Cristie Data Limited, a provider of innovative, leading-edge data storage and management solutions across all industry sectors, served as project integrator and supplied the storage hardware.

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FileTek, Inc., a leading global provider of large-scale data management, Big Data Storage virtualization, and active archive solutions, today announced that the University of Bristol, a globally distinguished university dedicated to academic achievement, individual scholarship, and interdisciplinary research at the highest levels across a broad range of disciplines, has evaluated, selected, and deployed a comprehensive StorHouse active archive system to backup, protect, centrally manage, and provide access to its critical information, including research and high-performance computing data. The StorHouse deployment consists of separate primary and backup systems located in the Computer Centre on the main University campus in Bristol. Cristie Data Limited, a provider of innovative, leading-edge data storage and management solutions across all industry sectors, served as project integrator and supplied the storage hardware.

“StorHouse provides the University of Bristol with numerous benefits,” commented Graeme Cappi, Systems and Operations Manager of IT Services at the University of Bristol. “For example, the University has many power users who require timely access to critical data for research and investigation. In fact, one power user alone requires access to approximately 80 million files (in 100 terabytes). StorHouse ensures the availability and accessibility of this data while simultaneously backing up and protecting it for the long-term. Furthermore, because StorHouse functions as a university-wide central data repository, users across all departments can directly access the information they need in native file format at any time regardless of the storage media (disk or tape) or data category (primary or backup).”

“With StorHouse as a central active archive, the University of Bristol is achieving data assurance and access at the lowest possible cost per terabyte of storage while fulfilling its dedication to academic achievement, individual scholarship, and interdisciplinary research,” remarked Ann Dyball, European Channel Manager at FileTek. “StorHouse enables the University to reduce IT costs, lower system administration/operational overhead, eliminate timely restores, and ensure data integrity by self-validating and repairing content automatically. Moreover, StorHouse has virtually unlimited scalability to sustain future system growth.”

About StorHouse
StorHouse is a hardware-independent, multi-functional software platform that automatically stores, validates, retrieves, backs up, archives, and manages terabytes to zettabytes of file-based and relational information on a single, easy-to-access system. It intelligently blends disk and tape as part of a scaled-out NAS environment while providing an intelligent active archive strategy for Big Data. Because StorHouse abstracts hardware, users see a single unified global namespace rather than specific device types so that SSD, JBOD, RAID, MAID, and tape, including LTO varieties, all look like one unlimited storage pool. In addition, by storing data in native rather than proprietary file format, StorHouse eliminates the need for formal restore procedures. Instead, users have self-service access to StorHouse-managed data at any time without IT intervention. No application interfaces or changes to existing applications are required.
About FileTek
FileTek, Inc. is a premier provider of large-scale data management, Big Data Storage virtualization, and active archive solutions, enabling organizations, worldwide and across multiple industry segments, to efficiently manage, rapidly access, and effectively govern their ever-growing volume of enterprise data. Since 1984, FileTek has provided comprehensive, award-winning solutions to companies, prestigious educational institutions, scientific and government agencies worldwide. With our patented and innovative StorHouse high-volume data management solutions, FileTek maintains a steady focus: providing unmatched levels of information access, data assurance, and lowest cost per terabyte of storage for all categories and volumes of data.

FileTek is headquartered at 9400 Key West Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-251-0600. Fax: 301-251-1990. The FileTek international headquarters, FileTek Ltd, is located at One Northumberland Ave., London WC2N 5BW. Telephone: +44 (0) 207 872 5583. Fax: +44 (0) 207 753 2829. The company also has offices across North America. Please visit us at: http://www.filetek.com.

About The University of Bristol
Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol is a globally distinguished institution that pushes the boundaries of knowledge to address the needs and concerns of the world in the 21st century - finding the answers to today’s global challenges and educating tomorrow’s leaders. With some 25 academic schools organized into six faculties, the University is dedicated to academic achievement at the highest levels across a broad range of disciplines, supporting both individual scholarship and interdisciplinary research. As such, students benefit from an intellectually demanding, research-informed education that nurtures independence of mind and prepares them to achieve personal goals and serve society’s needs across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.bris.ac.uk.

About Cristie Data Limited
Cristie Data Limited provides innovative, leading edge data storage and management solutions across all sectors of industry, both private and public. Cristie is a true vendor-independent storage integrator, specializing in innovative, technically superior storage solutions that augment and improve infrastructures, save cost, and deliver significant business value. Cristie’s key differentiators in this industry are an understanding of the market technology and an ability to integrate solutions to meet demanding business needs on time and within budget. For more information, visit http://www.cristie.co.uk/index.php?id=2.

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