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DDN and General Atomics Introduce Cloud-Based Data Curation and Protection System to Enable Global Big Data Insight

DDN WOS Cloud Storage and General Atomic Nirvana SRB Empowers Researchers, Intelligence Analysts, Bio-Scientists and Big Data Analytics Environments to Convert Big Data Into Globally Accessible Knowledge

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- DataDirect Networks (DDN™), the leader in massively scalable storage, announced the engineering of its Web Object Scaler™ (WOS™) cloud storage appliance in conjunction with General Atomics Nirvana® SRB® federated knowledge management software. This new solution resolves the information management needs of data-intensive enterprises participating in collaborative workflows that have historically wrestled with disparate silos of data. Designed to process large amounts of diverse data from data streams, sensors and computational simulations, this solution facilitates knowledge creation through the analysis and synthesis of data across globally curated information volumes.

Nirvana® SRB® features workflow automation, knowledge management and collaboration tools to accelerate data discovery and facilitate collaboration among scientists, intelligence analysts and others working in life sciences, military intelligence and other research areas. With WOS, Nirvana SRB benefits from industry-leading cloud storage performance, infrastructure and advanced data protection advantages that scale to manage up to 256 billion information assets from a single, global storage namespace.

"DDN WOS dramatically lowers the cost of acquisition and operation of Nirvana SRB environment," said Jacci Cenci, Director of Sales, General Atomics. "With WOS, a multi-petabyte global SRB environment can be rapidly deployed and managed with the minimal administration or storage over-provisioning. We are pleased to partner with DDN to enable organizations to rapidly extract value from massive data volumes."

"When massive amounts of data must be efficiently shared and curated by data-intensive and global organizations, traditional storage systems are both hard to manage and offer little in terms of information value extraction," said Jeff Denworth, Vice President of Marketing, DDN. "Together with SRB, our WOS customers benefit from cloud-scale access and global distribution of intelligently curated Big Data volumes that now have the power to fuel computational research and analytics at massive scale."

Additional benefits include:

Rules-Based Data Management: The Nirvana SRB policy engine leverages the WOS built-in data placement policy engine to partition storage-level distributed data placement and replication. This helps achieve higher-level business and mission policy objectives keyed on information attributes, such as source types and rules, access labels, criticality, and observance of data container rules in sensitive environments.

Operational Resilience and Data Protection: Geographically-distributed WOS clusters propagate and protect data by maintaining replication compliance, regardless of failures, through peer-to-peer parallel operations. The result is an automated, high performance data distribution and protection mechanism that works with Nirvana SRB to enable robust and resilient distributed information infrastructure.

The solution is available immediately from DDN and General Atomics. For more information, visit www.ddn.com/products/web-object-scaler-wos & www.ga.com/nirvana.

About General Atomics
General Atomics is a San Diego-based innovation and energy research firm with a 55-year history of providing successful solutions to environmental, energy and defense challenges. Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator® family of unmanned aircraft systems. For more information, please visit www.ga.com.

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise.

For more information, go to www.ddn.com or call +1-800-TERABYTE (837-2298).

DDN and WOS are trademarks owned by DataDirect Networks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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