Challenge: Climate scientists faced two problems: first, they were dealing with increasingly large and complex data sets. Data was “siloed” on individual servers, making sharing and collaboration difficult. The sheer volume of data required use of local USB drives. Second, their virtual server environment was deployed on stand-alone servers, meaning they were vulnerable to outages and data loss.
Solution: EIS worked with the scientists to design a tiered storage area network (SAN) to both handle the huge volume of data and prioritize it – placing higher priority and more demanding data on faster hard drives while lower priority data could reside on slower but more cost-effective drives. The SAN also allowed EIS to deploy a load-balanced, failover server cluster for the virtualized environment.