December 16, 2005
Archivas, Inc., a provider of fixed content archiving solutions, has announced the Whitehead Institute-MIT BioImaging Center and the Computational and Systems Biology Initiative (CSBi) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deploy additional Archivas Cluster (ArC) technology. Earlier this year, the BioImaging Center tested the ArC technology to support the 96 CSBi faculty members from over 10 MIT academic units to store, manage and retrieve over 50 terabytes of research documents and images. Based upon the project's initial success, the BioImaging Center decided to install additional Archivas technology to support future endeavors.
"To conduct our studies of complex biological systems, CSBi employs both commercially available and custom-built equipment. Some time ago, we recognized that we needed a sophisticated, yet easy to use, long-term mass storage solution that would allow us to safely store our research data and associated images. It was critical that the solution we deploy not only provide virtually unlimited storage capacity, but be very easy to use - meaning we needed to know that we could not only easily store our information, but quickly find and retrieve it when necessary," said James G. Evans, CSBi research scientist, Whitehead MIT BioImaging Center. "We conducted an extensive review of the available solutions and vendors for over 18 months. Our research showed that the Archivas solution not only provided these capabilities but also the maximum flexibility of an open file system interface able to support our mixed hardware and application environment."
"Archivas demonstrated that they were the most committed to becoming more than just a vendor to us, but a strategic partner in the deployment and effective use of their technology," said Al Davis, HPC systems manager at CSBi. "Moreover, as we have avoided being locked into proprietary hardware, we can adapt to future technology requirements."
"We are delighted that the highly acclaimed scientists, technologists and educators of MIT's CSBi found the Archivas solution delivered the easiest to use, most scalable, secure and cost effective solution for their highly refined research environment," said Gary Voight CEO of Archivas. "We believe this announcement serves as further validation that Archivas is highly committed to developing and delivering the attributes necessary to make ArC the leading fixed content archiving solution."
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