Weather center files data on NAS

The Aviation Weather Center, a Kansas City, Mo., unit of the National Weather Service, has installed network-attached storage to give its meteorologists more time to refine computer-generated forecasts.

'The aviation community relies on our services to determine when and where not to fly as well as when to use alternate routes to avoid weather problems,' said Jack May, the center's director.

'It is imperative that the radar, satellite, forecast model and observational data we receive on a continuous basis be available to our meteorologists at all times.'

Mirror, mirror

The center paid about $250,000 for a dual Auspex NS3000 XA storage subsystem from Auspex Systems Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif.

The two servers are bridged by Auspex ServerGuardV software, which synchronously copies each server's data so that if one fails, the other can take over.

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