General Atomics Releases Next Generation Data System Advancing Data Intensive Scientific and Media Workflows

Premier Software Solution Nirvana 5.0 Boosts Performance and Reduces Storage Costs

San Diego, October 6, 2016 – General Atomics (GA) today announced the next generation of Nirvana – a premier metadata, data placement and data management software solution for the most demanding workflows in Life Sciences, Scientific Research, Media & Entertainment and Energy Exploration.

Nirvana 5.0 reduces storage costs by 75%* by turning geographically dispersed, multiple vendor storage silos into a single global namespace that automatically moves infrequently-accessed data to lower-cost storage or to the cloud. Nirvana 5.0 can locate hard-to-find data by querying comprehensive user-defined, workflow-specific metadata describing the data stored – no matter where it is located or when it was created.

Nirvana 5.0 features significant performance and functionality enhancements:

  • 1 million files per minute file system scan rate
  • Optimized for fast operation with PostgresSQL, the world’s most advanced open-source database, eliminating the need to use expensive, commercial databases for large-scale deployments
  • Upgraded intuitive Graphical User Interface
  • Support for Google Cloud Storage
  • Added Python and C# Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • Query policies now support regular expressions using a "similar to" operation
  • Full native 64-bit Windows support
  • Enhanced documentation
  • Extensive coding examples included in the SDK

Compared to open-source solutions, Nirvana 5.0 is faster, more reliable with no single point of failure or need for separate zones, and it is easier to use with an integrated graphical user interface. Nirvana 5.0 also costs less by eliminating the need for expensive commercial database software, and requires fewer administrators and less hardware to operate.

*Cost savings based on moving data from $1,000/TB Tier 1 storage to $250/TB object storage.

About General Atomics

San Diego-based General Atomics and its affiliated companies now constitute one of the world's leading resources for high-technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems, remotely operated aircraft systems, airborne sensors, and advanced electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

For more information contact:

Robert Murphy, General Atomics
Nirvana Program Manager
(858) 455-2856 |
See Nirvana 5.0 at SC16 Nov. 14-17, Booth #2212

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