JAIST selects Dell Compellent arrays

Dell Inc. has announced that Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, or JAIST, has selected Dell Compellent arrays to provide large capacity storage for its private cloud environment that supports its students and researchers.

The new Dell Compellent infrastructure will enable JAIST to access information quickly and efficiently protect large amounts of important research data. The new storage arrays will bolster the storage capabilities of FRONTIER (FRONT Information EnviRonment), a campus IT platform constructed to support advanced teaching and research activities at JAIST, the company said.

JAIST adopted Dell storage for FRONTIER to centralize the management of large research data sets created and accessed by individual researchers and teams. In order to deliver necessary data for the users' research activities quickly and with high reliability, JAIST replaced two previous systems with Dell Compellent, providing a combination of both high performance and high capacity to manage a large volume of data in one solution.

When updating its centralized storage system, JAIST faced a number of challenges, including achieving fast data access and constructing efficient back-up for large data sets. Another key requirement for JAIST was to eliminate the issue of depleted IPv4 addresses and build an efficient storage infrastructure with IPv6 compatibility. Through Dell Compellent's support of IPv6, JAIST can extend its infrastructure to the required scale provided by the new 128-bit addressing scheme, the company added.

With Dell Compellent's automated data tiering technology, JAIST can benefit from both the performance and capacity from a single system, which previously had been managed separately. The Dell Compellent system also provides: compatibility with IPv6 using Dell Compellent zNAS to build an efficient storage infrastructure; advanced snapshot features; and advanced replication feature.

"With advancements to the Dell Fluid Data architecture and the enterprise capabilities of Dell Compellent storage arrays, an increasing number of customers are turning to Dell for large-scale storage deployments," said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager of Dell Storage. "JAIST's selection of Dell Compellent is the latest example of our ability to efficiently and cost effectively offer both performance and protection to power business-critical workloads."