General Atomics, Nirvana Division releases SRB 2008

Jul 29, 2008

SRB 2008 is enhanced for greater performance and security; improved user interfaces; new Microsoft integration; and increased metadata management function.

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 29, 2008) – Nirvana, a division of General Atomics, today announced the availability of Storage Resource Broker 2008 (SRB 2008). This release includes many functional enhancements:

  • Performance: Multiple performance increases in database schema, servers, protocols, clients, and gateways.

  • Security: Full support for Microsoft Active Directory (AD), Kerberos on Windows, and other Microsoft authentication mechanisms including delegation and web services.

  • Interfaces:
    • All new Java Admin with more intuitive tree-based navigation.
    • All new Web Client with improved session management and Web 2.0 technologies for fast response times and greater ease of use.
    • All new virtual disk interface providing high-performance kernel-level integration of SRB into Windows.

  • Metadata: New XML templates for automated document parsing, enabling automatic metadata extraction and search support for complex file formats including MS Office files, JPEG, NITF, and other imagery types.

  • Compatibility: New drivers for tape libraries on Windows and Sun Microsystems Honeycomb (STK 5800) content addressed storage (CAS).

  • Integration: New API for Microsoft .NET support for web services integration.

Nirvana presents applications and clients with a uniform interface to diverse and distributed resources, including file systems, databases, and archival storage. At the center of a Nirvana federation is the Metadata Catalog (MCAT), the vehicle for abstraction, providing accredited end users an enterprise-wide, “collection”-oriented view of all data, of any type, wherever it is located. Nirvana enables productive collaboration and efficient data exchange within a secure, scalable, easily administered environment.

According to Constantin Scheder, Director and Chief Architect of Nirvana, “As our customers adopt new technologies, Nirvana anticipates and builds enhancements for greater functionality along with increased performance, broader compatibility and new product integration. The mission of our software development team is to continue to give end-users in data-rich environments the easiest and most efficient way to manage their data.”

Nirvana can accelerate demanding research and development projects, facilitate organizational integration and collaboration, and positively impact research and business outcome by optimizing data storage and use.

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About General Atomics and Nirvana

General Atomics, founded in 1955, specializes in diversified research, development, and manufacturing in defense, energy, and other advanced technologies. Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator® family of unmanned aerial systems.

Nirvana is a division of General Atomics established in 2000. It commercializes data grid technology originally developed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), which was founded and operated by General Atomics. Nirvana 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.

For Further Information Contact:

Joel Zhou, Ph.D.
General Atomics
+1 858 455 2500

Doug Fouquet
Public Relations
General Atomics
+1 858 455 2173

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