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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Founded in 1954 and located near Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border, CERN was one of Europe’s first joint ventures. Today, it has 20 member states. The organization uses the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study fundamental particles and the origin of the universe.
CERN has a 30-year relationship with Oracle and makes extensive use of Oracle software and hardware technologies to support mission-critical applications for most administrative and technical activities within the organization.
CERN needed to cost-effectively store several petabytes of new data each year from its experiments without drastically increasing its storage investment. Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C tape drive offered a cost-effective solution for storing and managing CERN’s rapidly growing data.
Furthermore, StorageTek T10000C’s Maximum Capacity feature enables CERN to store up to 10% more data on each tape cartridge, providing direct media storage savings and a total capacity of up to 5.5 terabyte per tape cartridge.
CERN is a long-standing user of StorageTek products, and the organization periodically collaborates with Oracle and participates in beta testing of its new tape-related products―both new, higher-capacity tape drives and complementary software. To solve CERN’s storage challenges, Oracle offered a cost-effective, enterprise-class solution to store and manage petabytes of data.
“Oracle listened to us and included some of the features we requested in its new StorageTek T10000C tape drives, specifically the StorageTek Maximum Capacity functionality. It enables us to store up to 10% more data on each tape cartridge, thereby providing direct media cost savings,” said Vladimir Bahyl, technology and storage infrastructure service manager, information technology department, CERN.