Stratus Technologies Avance Software Provides Ultra-Reliable Platform for New Arctic Weather Stations
High-availability virtualization software supports low-cost, automated data collection from remote locations
MAYNARD, Mass., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Stratus Technologies Avance(TM) software is the highly available virtualized server foundation of a new weather information system that automatically collects data from the remotest spots on earth, Stratus announced today.
Avance is a key component of the weather data collection system designed by the University of Cincinnati department of geography and Cincinnati-based networking consultancy LAN Solutions. The system consists of remote collection sites posted across Alaska's North Slope region that FTP weather data over wireless networks to servers at the Barrow Alaska Research Center (BARC). The servers compile the data and forward it over a satellite link to the university geography department in Cincinnati. Avance enables the two standard x86 servers at BRC to deliver 99.99 percent availability while requiring little or no on-site maintenance.
"As the university developed the specs for the system, it became obvious they needed a virtualized system rather than a single Windows box that could fail," said LAN Solutions President Tim Rettig. "Barrow's remoteness was a big concern. The servers were going to be in a data center, but there was no full-time engineer on site. These are scientists who are comfortable with technology but they aren't IT people. For a serious failure, we'd have the choice of shipping a server hundreds of miles at $700 a trip, or talking them through changing a drive or a fan."
LAN Solutions recommended the university use Avance because Avance provides ultra-high reliability at a reasonable cost, and requires little or no on-site maintenance. High reliability and low maintenance were especially important to the university, which won a National Science Foundation grant to develop a reliable, inexpensive, automated system to eliminate manual data collection at remote weather stations. Barrow, which is the northernmost city in the United States, is 500 miles from the nearest city with a large pool of skilled IT people. A server outage in such a location could knock the data collection system out for days, hampering weather forecasting.
"We're grateful to the university and LAN Solutions for the opportunity to pass such a demanding test for Avance," said Tom Joyce, vice president & general manager, Stratus Avance Group. "Supporting an application that requires near-constant uptime in such an extreme, remote environment demonstrates the best of Avance's reliability and low management overhead."
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