• Press Release

    November 10, 2011

    DigitalGlobe Accelerates High Performance Computing and Geospatial Information Services with EMC Isilon No Compromise Scale out NAS

    Leading Provider of Satellite Imagery Reduces Average Work Runtime by 20 Percent, Increases Production Efficiency by 50 Percent

    SEATTLE - November 10, 2011 -

    EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced that DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions has deployed a no-compromise scale-out NAS solution from EMC Isilon® to accelerate the performance of its Big Data-intensive geospatial information services.

    "Implementing EMC Isilon has played a key role in our overall effort to accelerate image delivery to our customers," said Jason Bucholtz, HPC Engineer at DigitalGlobe. "Reducing our average runtime by 20 percent and increasing production efficiency by 50 percent enables us to deliver our imagery faster, ultimately enabling our customers to save time and resources."

    In addition to providing significant runtime acceleration and production efficiency increases, EMC Isilon also provided DigitalGlobe with the following benefits:

    • On-Demand Scalability – EMC Isilon scaled in lockstep with DigitalGlobe's data-intensive storage demands, scaling 10X in less than three years to support more than two petabytes of imagery the company collects each year.
    • Simplified IT management and reduced IT costs – EMC Isilon enabled DigitalGlobe to quickly add storage capacity with minimal effort, which allows the company to significantly reduce management costs.

    DigitalGlobe previously used EMC Isilon solely for online delivery of imagery. After examining a range of vendors, the company deployed the EMC Isilon X-Series as the storage foundation for its core system and HPC needs.

    "DigitalGlobe provides crucial information to many of today's businesses, with data-intensive demands," said Sam Grocott, vice president of marketing, Isilon. "By using EMC Isilon, they are able to set the bar for best practices in high-performance computing and to keep pace with growing customer demand for data."

    DigitalGlobe stores over 1.87 billion square kilometers of Earth imagery in its Image Library and its content solutions support a wide variety of uses including: location based services, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, Internet portals and navigation technology.

    Advanced image processing techniques are applied to DigitalGlobe data for change detection and feature extraction as well as correcting for satellite movement, and atmospheric and geometric distortions. These corrections and enhancements require very high computational performance and data capacity.

    Growing demand for DigitalGlobe's unique imagery, insight and analysis drove the company to transform its storage infrastructure to meet high performance computing (HPC) needs and to maximize Big Data throughput, speed and system cost efficiency.

    EMC and DigitalGlobe will be presenting at the Supercomputing '11 Conference taking place November 12-18, 2011 in Seattle.

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