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EarthWhere Improves USGS Delivery of Custom Maps 09.15.2003

This particular system combines the SANZ EarthWhere software application integrated by SANZ with a multi-terabyte StorageTek ASM appliance.

SANZ announced that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver, Colorado has purchased and installed an EarthWhere, multi user, spatial data provisioning system. The USGS Rocky Mountain Mapping Center (RMMC) is using EarthWhere as part of its core information technology infrastructure to create custom digital maps and imagery datasets that support a variety of government-wide projects, including homeland security and wildfire management. This particular system combines the SANZ EarthWhere software application integrated by SANZ with a multi-terabyte StorageTek ASM (Application Storage Manager) appliance.

“The EarthWhere provisioning system allows us to respond quickly and efficiently with custom raster datasets for our users and sister agencies,” said Brian Bradley, USGS RMMC’s Technology Support Section Chief. “We needed a system that was flexible and could rapidly produce a variety of custom products in different datums and projections from a disparate set of source data. The EarthWhere system from SANZ has increased our productivity in some functions by a factor of 20 times, and provides the additional benefit of allowing us to provision data for many applications from a single repository of raster data to many users either internally or externally through the internet.”

For over 120 years, the USGS has been at the forefront of advances in understanding the Earth, its processes, and its resources. Through the years the USGS has compiled a rich archive of maps and earth imagery used to support mutiple agencies, state and local governments and the public within the US. As an important example, The National Map, a major USGS initiative, provides public access to high-quality geospatial data and information from multiple partners to help inform decision making by resource managers and the public. The National Map enhances America’s ability to access, integrate and apply geospatial data at global, national and local scales.

“After working with the staff at the USGS, we have a profound appreciation for the level of expertise and commitment of the RMMC to their end users.” states Mark Hardy, SANZ VP of Geospatial Solutions. “They use an extremely wide variety of spatial datasets to support a broad and diverse range of real world applications, the most demanding we have seen to date. We believe that meeting the performance needs of this group is strong testimony to the value of our product and SANZ’ understanding of the data management challenges specific to this market.”

Hardy added, “We had great support from StorageTek in addressing this opportunity. Their ASM solution provided a data storage infrastructure that fit perfectly into the SANZ Tiered Storage Model, yielding an optimzed combination of disk and tape for lowest total cost of data storage for this environment.”

Soruce:, Sept. 15, 2003

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