Take a walk on Mars – powered by Dell EMC Unity


After Armstrong’s “small step”, the NASA has continued to explore the planets of our solar system and collected a lot of data in the process. Stored on Dell EMC Unity solutions, it is free for everyone to access.

Especially during this time of the year, we are often seized by wanderlust which is drawing us to different and distant places full of adventure, relaxation or simply warmth. But of course, it isn’t always possible to just stand up from your desk and leave. But what if we tell you that you don’t have to, but are still able to visit extremely distant places? At least on your screen and in your mind?

For years and years, NASA has collected massive amounts of data on the planets of our solar system: The Earth’s moon, Mars, Venus and other planets have both been visited and analysed from afar, using the Hubble Telescope. That makes hundreds of terabytes of data, including high-res images taken directly from the surface by Mars-rovers, planetary audio and scans from the surface by satellites and more. And all of it is stored at the NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at Washington University St. Louis, USA – and it’s free for everyone to access!

This is made possible by the speed and reliability of Dell EMC’s Unity solutions which, as Lars Arvidson and Tom Stein from the PDS Geosciences Node explain, is not only twice as fast as previous storage solutions, but is also expandable, convincing with its small Data Center Footprint and perfectly able to handle peak workloads.

After all: All this irretrievable data from unrepeatable missions is mainly used for important analysis work by professional researchers, rather than regular people looking for a quick everyday getaway. But it still manages to make both things possible – powered by Dell EMC Unity.

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