Atempo Protects Terabytes of Euro Satellite Data
Time Navigator Product Installed at EUSC in Madrid
May. 23, 2005 04:00 PM
Tthe European Union Satellite Center (EUSC) has chosen
Atempo's Time Navigator as its data protection solution for terabytes of
global satellite, aerial images, and collateral data. Located in the outskirts
of Madrid, Spain, the EUSC is responsible for strengthening the European Union's ability to gather geographical information used to help prevent conflicts,
contribute to peacekeeping and deliver aid in cases of natural or human-caused
disasters. Atempo is based in Palo Alto, CA and Paris.
As a function of the agency's mandate, the EUSC on a daily
basis collects and uses an immense volume of mission-critical geographical data.
Therefore, it is critical that the agency has a data protection solution capable
of protecting and restoring data consisting of satellite and plane images and
other reference materials. The EUSC chose Time Navigator to replace its existing
Solstice based solution that was no longer up to the agency's stringent demands.
The EUSC backs up an average of four terabytes of data every quarter. A full
backup is conducted every two weeks and several incremental backups of 5 mn are
executed daily. Most of data backed up are Tif, Jpeg, FrameMaker and StarOffice
"In 1993, a Spot satellite image was representing 50 megabytes,
today it is approximately 700 megs to 1 gigabyte or more in size. Because we
collect and analyze a tremendous number of images, it is essential that we have
a high- performance data protection software solution that can also flawlessly
operate in an heterogeneous and scalable environment," said Juan Giner, Head of
Technical Division of the EUSC. "We have chosen Time Navigator because of its
solid reputation as a high performance backup and restore technology, ease of
use and best-of-class support."
The EUSC was recently involved in
supporting the European response to the Tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. When
the EU wanted to airlift supplies to the afflicted region they relied on the
EUSC's information for logistical support to decide where best to drop supplies
and erect support camps. The EUSC 's repository of low, medium and high
resolution satellite imagery was critical in providing fast and accurate
information that enabled the EU's effective emergency response.