With Oracle’s modular tape library system, we now have a cost-effective and future-proof storage solution, with the performance and capacity we need to deliver improved weather forecasting and climate predictions for the public, government, and businesses.
In 2014, Met Office announced a $US126 million investment in a new supercomputer to enable more detailed, sophisticated weather forecasting and to help predict disruptive weather events such as flooding, strong winds, fog, and heavy snowfall. This investment is expected to deliver widespread socio-economic benefits for the UK and its citizens, estimated at over US$2.6 billion.
Having invested in the largest weather and climate supercomputer in the world, Met Office’s existing storage solution was inadequate to meet the storage demand generated. Following a competitive tender for a new managed archive storage system (MASS), Met Office chose Oracle’s modular tape library system to deliver the cost effective storage capacity, speed, continuity, and scalability required.
During a competitive tender, we compared a number of suppliers. Oracle’s modular library system was the best fit in terms of reliability, capability, performance and cost-effectiveness. We’ve been really impressed with Oracle’s commitment and support throughout the project.
The Oracle implementation team managed Met Office’s installation including hardware, software, and configuration. Once the networks, servers, and software were replaced, the new library went into production over just one weekend. The Met Office team migrated the data from the old libraries to the new within just five months, having originally planned for it to take 12 months. The entire implementation from the arrival of the first trucks on site was successfully completed within just six months.
Part of the UK government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Met Office is a world leading weather forecaster. It provides millions of forecasts and briefings every day for the government, military, the public and business, and is one of only two world forecasting centers for global aviation.