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SLAC Deploys Two AMAX StorMax-X3 Petabyte Storage Racks for Data Acquisition

As a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, and accelerator and particle physics research, SLAC needed to deploy a large multi-petabyte storage solution. AMAX designed a petabyte-scale two-rack storage cluster, based off of the proven AMAX StorMax-X3 to fit SLAC's specific requirements of density, space, budget, performance and functionality with provisioning for future scalability.
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With the rate of change in today's computing environments, thorough planning and preparation are crucial for the long-term success of your deployments. Your AMAX Professional Services Team can help you on all aspects of your information delivery system, from desktop and remote access to the Enterprise Information Portal and everyday upkeep.

AMAX's certified engineers have many years of experience and abundant industry certifications in all facets of network and infrastructure design, integration, analysis, and monitoring, as well as software tuning for Virtualization, GPGPU applications and Apache Hadoop. AMAX will work closely with you to ensure the infrastructure you install today will deliver the performance you need to stay competitive tomorrow.

Below is a summary of current AMAX services:
 Data Center and Systems Management
  • Data Center Planning & Pre-Design
  • Data Center Feasibility Consulting
  • Data Center Project Cost Estimating
  • Data Center Virtualization Strategies and Assessments
  • Data Center Site Assessment
  • Data Center Optimization Evaluation
  • Data Center Routing and Switching Planning & Feasibility
  • Data Center Storage Area Network (SAN) and Data Protection Planning & Feasibility
  • Technology Master Format Planning
  • Cluster architecture, testing and deployment
  • Customized architecture and deployments
  • Site assessment service
  • Automated configuration testing
  • Environmental burn-in and accelerated stress testing
  • On-going reliability testing services
  • Application installation, configuration and support for OpenStack, Hadoop, HPC, and GPUs
 HPC Storage
  • Information lifecycle management
  • Replication and high availability
  • Remote availability
  • Archiving and retrieval
  • Backup
  • LAN/WAN/GAN/MAN assessment and design
  • Bandwidth and traffic management
  • Switching and routing
  • Load balancing
  • Fault tolerance
  • Wireless LAN/WAN infrastructure
 Project Management Services
  • Primary and functional requirements
  • Project management life cycle
  • Project Management Office (PMO) design and training
  • Portfolio management
  • Business process re-engineering
  • Strategic planning
  • Network auditing
  • Network architecture and design
  • Cost-benefit analysis
 VMware & Hyper V Server Virtualization
  • Capacity and load planning
  • Server consolidation
  • Test and development environments
  • Physical to virtual migrations
  • Business continuity
  • Data protection
  • High availability/business resiliency/disaster recovery
  • Storage management
  • Server management
  • Endpoint management
  • Increased business agility
  • Enhanced availability and security
  • Easier OS and hardware migrations
 Microsoft Infrastructure
  • Active directory assessment, design, migrations and maintenance
  • Exchange assessment, design, migrations and maintenance
  • Clustering
  • Systems Management Server (SMS) design and deployment
  • Microsoft Operation Manager (MOM) design and deployment
  • SharePoint portal solutions
  • Desktop & Terminal support
 Security and Compliance Services
  • Security/compliance strategy & policies
  • Intelligent content monitoring
  • Proxy gateways
  • Firewalls and intrusion prevention
  • Data integrity & Encryption
  • IPSec and SSL VPN
  • Firewalls, Anti-virus, anti-SPAM
 OpenCL & CUDA Consulting
  • Application performance benchmarking & analysis
  • Acceleration of applications using GPGPU
  • Consultation & Optimization of existing OpenCL & CUDA code

In Addition, AMAX provides full on-site deployment services, which include Server, Storage & Networking deployment. We can install and configure your new data center systems to help you save time & money, minimize disruption and optimize performance. Our comprehensive suite of implementation services will get you from PO to Production faster than you ever thought possible.

Project Management - AMAX provides a single point of contact for comprehensive planning and execution support throughout every stage of the implementation process.

Planning - AMAX fully assesses the technical requirements of your computing environment and creates a detailed implementation plan ensuring a fast, surprise-free deployment.

Installation & Configuration - Once your hardware is ready to deploy, AMAX's certified technicians will integrate, configure and conduct a final test & tune to ensure your new equipment is ready to go.

Product Orientation - AMAX technicians will provide your IT staff with detailed information about how your new systems and software are designed to operate in your environment so you can keep you data center running at top efficiency.

Deployment Services Process:
* Power/Cooling calculation & planning
* Rack cabling/labeling/organization
* Server, storage, network implementation
* Integration testing & troubleshooting
* Acceptance testing & training
* Performance benchmark & optimization tuning

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* AMAX Professional Services are available to businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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