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European Space Agency

Catalog 1 billion of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy

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European Space Agency

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Fuels space exploration with a massively scalable global storage solution from NetApp

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Learn how the European Space Agency fuels space exploration with a massively scalable global storage solution from NetApp.

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Whether they are mapping the Milky Way, landing on a comet, or searching for life on Mars, the scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) depend on reliable access to massive quantities of data to explore the universe and share their discoveries with the world

Today, ESA is charting the world's most accurate 3D map of the Milky Way galaxy. Ultimately, ESA's Gaia mission will catalog 1 billion of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy. In the process, it will produce 10,000 times more data than previous missions, processing an average of 70 billion observations daily. The full Gaia catalog is expected to hold more than 2PB of data.

To support Gaia and all of its scientific missions, ESA requires absolute reliability from its data storage. It demands scalability to support the massive data requirements of past, present, and future missions. To meet these needs, ESA chose NetApp® storage and data management solutions.

Results

2PB

of scientific data

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