infoGROUP® Architects Innovative Global Namespace with Nirvana® SRB® 2008

infoGROUP® Architects Innovative Global Namespace with Nirvana® SRB® 2008

Apr 06, 2009

infoGROUP uses technology adapted from supercomputing -- Nirvana Storage Resource Broker® (SRB) 2008 -- grid software to implement an operational Global Namespace, ILM policies and to provide unified customer data views.

Orlando, FL (April 6, 2009) – General Atomics (GA), exhibiting the latest release of Nirvana SRB 2008 at Storage Networking World, announces the successful implementation of Nirvana SRB 2008 at infoGROUP (NASDAQ: IUSA).

Following a late-2008 installation, a Nirvana-based data grid is currently operational and will federate nearly one hundred terabytes of data across three of infoGROUP’s computer operations centers in the Omaha area. The technology, originally developed at supercomputing facilities founded and operated by General Atomics, has been commercialized by GA’s Nirvana division. The software was previously used to manage high-value image, sensor, forensic and other pattern data in collaborative research, aerospace, environmental, intelligence and security applications. It was adapted to infoGROUP’s infrastructure to control operational complexity and better respond to the customers’ need for more comprehensive data combinations, reporting, and views.

The project, led by Jason Hagerty, System Architect for infoGROUP, spans multiple sites, federates both legacy and advanced heterogeneous storage systems, incorporates legacy applications, and manages several tiers of storage within an automated ILM scheme.  

The Director of GA’s Nirvana division, Constantin Scheder, said “We are pleased to have this opportunity to apply Nirvana’s capabilities in such a demanding, complex commercial environment. Jason and the very capable infoGROUP IT team adapted our technology in a truly innovative way.”

“We needed a way to simplify our architecture operationally,” said Jason Hagerty. “Nirvana allows us to do that within our existing AD infrastructure plus provides a way to advance our plans for extensible metadata schemas and to present new, more valuable data views for our clients.”

Mr. Hagerty, will present details on the implementation of this project Thursday, April 9th at 10:20 a.m. at the Storage Networking World conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

About General Atomics

Founded in 1955, General Atomics, with its affiliated companies (, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems, remotely operated surveillance aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electronic, wireless and laser technologies.  General Atomics’ Nirvana Division is located in San Diego, California, and provides advanced data solutions to government, research and industry customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and other countries around the world.

About infoGROUP

infoGROUP (NASDAQ: IUSA) is the leading provider of data and interactive resources that enables targeted sales, effective marketing and insightful research solutions. infoGROUP’s information powers innovative tools and insight for businesses to efficiently reach current and future customers through multiple channels, including the world’s most dominant and powerful Internet search engines and GPS navigation systems.  infoGROUP headquarters are located at 5711 S. 86th Circle, Omaha, NE 68127. For more information, call (402) 593-4500 or visit

For more information about General Atomics/ Nirvana contact:

Jill White
Market Development
General Atomics Nirvana
+1 (858) 455-2528

For more information about infoGROUP contact:
Kelly Loontjer
Director of External Relations
infoGROUP, Inc.