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The Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine stores data more effectively with ETERNUS DX200 and a Quantum StorNext File System

"With the combination of Quantum StorNext and ETERNUS DX, we have installed an open storage platform which is more cost-effective and highly scalable and can be extended without the need for proprietary components."

Hans-Joachim Horn Head of Computing/IT, Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine - EXME

EXME needed a dynamically evolving data storage solution. Four FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX200 systems and a Quantum StorNext File System were installed.

Customer

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine (EXME) in Göttingen carry out fundamental medical research in neurosciences and oncology. Using optical and electron microscopes, they research the development of the brain and the molecular basis of signal transmission between nerve cells. The high-resolution microscopes generate around one terabyte of data per day, which is stored in the institute’s data storage device.

Challenge

The Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen required a storage system in which members of staff can store all their project data, as well as their day-to-day working data (home directories).

Solution

Four FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX200 systems were linked to online storage via a Quantum StorNext File System. Data from ongoing research projects is stored here. Once projects are completed, the data is transferred to the data center via a data line, where it is archived and managed via the StorNext File System.

Benefit

  • The storage system is based on a classic SAN storage infrastructure and is therefore significantly more cost-effective than proprietary scale-out systems
  • It can be extended flexibly – without high maintenance and licensing costs
  • The intelligent Quantum StorNext platform manages data transparently over its whole lifecycle

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