Sensor-sized big data storage scales down for the enterprise

BAE Systems announced the launch of its TeraStar system, a data storage solution engineered to meet next-generation government and military big data storage requirements as well as the cost and size needs of small- to medium-sized businesses and cloud storage providers.

The TeraStar storage transfer and archive repository lets organizations manage, access and store large volumes of data at a fraction of the cost, size, weight and power requirements of traditional storage systems, the company said in its announcement.

Because the TeraStar system’s design requires less physical space and power than traditional big data storage systems, it can store immense volumes of data at minimal expense. The system’s scalable, ultra-dense storage capacity also delivers a competitive advantage to cloud-based storage providers, the company says, by reducing the overall cost per terabyte of storage capacity.

In addition, the TeraStar system’s design is compatible with a wide variety of storage media devices, providing substantial storage flexibility, BAE Systems added.

TeraStar is based on an internally developed solution that supports sensors such as ARGUS, the gigapixel-plus wide-area persistent surveillance sensor that BAE Systems created for federal government. 

“We originally developed the TeraStar data storage system to fit the government’s strict cost, size, weight and capacity requirements that legacy commercial products were not designed to meet,” said Andrew Russette, product manager at BAE Systems.

The three-rack unit system provides more than 128 terabytes of data storage, with major advantages over alternative solutions. It is now available for organizations facing increasing space and infrastructure constraints.

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