Thursday, November 6, 2014

CERN Uses IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to Handle Exploding Data Volumes

"At CERN we have been using TSM for many years, and the amount of data we have been storing on TSM since has been growing almost exponentially. And TSM has been able to grow with it, to scale accordingly.”
- Germán Cancio, section leader for tapes, archives, and backups at CERN



CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, collects more than a gigabyte of data per second, 24 hours a day, from its Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. To reliably and efficiently store this ever-expanding universe of information, CERN uses IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software.

"The biggest challenge that we have here in the data center is that the four LHC experiments sends us constantly, 24-hours a day, more than a gigabyte of data per second, so we really have to store this data, preserve it in the long-term, but also to make it accessible to several thousands of physicists worldwide." - Alberto Pace, data and storage service group lead for CERN

CERN uses IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software to efficiently and reliably store huge, ever-expanding quantities of data.

"On IBM equipment we store approximately 40 petabytes worth of data. Now consider that a single DVD is four gigabytes of data. So we have around 10 million DVDs stored on IBM equipment."
- Germán Cancio, section leader for tapes, archives, and backups at CERN