For almost 70 years, AWE has supported the UK government’s nuclear defense strategy and the “Continuous At Sea Deterrent.” The UK Ministry of Defence has responsibility for the program at AWE, which is operated under contract by AWE Management Limited. AWE uses their nuclear know-how and technical expertise to provide innovative solutions that support the UK’s counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction activities.
High performance computing is a critical underpinning technology in the vast majority of our science-based program. These new Spectra Logic tape libraries provide more storage capacity in less space than our previous libraries.
— Paul Tomlinson, High Performance Computing, AWE
AWE deployed two Spectra® TFinity® ExaScale Tape Libraries with LTO-8 tape drives and media. With two libraries in place, AWE implements a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that improves data availability in case of failure with full data redundancy. The libraries are fully compatible with their existing choice of software solutions. In addition to LTO tape technology, the Spectra TFinity Exascale is also compatible with IBM® TS11XX enterprise tape technology and Oracle® T10000x enterprise tape technology, enabling all three tape technologies to be housed in the same library. This tri-media compatibility allows AWE to continue to leverage their investment in Oracle® T10000x tape drives and media by moving them into the new Spectra infrastructure. Once in the TFinity tape library, the data in that media will be migrated to LTO technology. The TFinity also allows AWE to move away from Fibre Channel with Spectra Swarm, which adds Ethernet connectivity to Spectra tape libraries. Spectra Swarm enables Spectra tape libraries to utilize a backbone Ethernet or iSCSI connection, leveraging all of the same infrastructure and networking capabilities as the rest of the equipment in a modern data center.
Finally, Spectra’s LTO media pre-purchase program provided AWE with the ability to upgrade their LTO-8 tape drives and media to the next LTO generation when it becomes available, with no additional purchase required.