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Morpheus provides self-service big data access for climate scientists worldwide

Morpheus Data’s multi-cloud management platform has been chosen by The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) – what a mouthful – enabling the organisation to quickly share huge amounts of data with its data scientists around the globe.

EUMETSAT is responsible for managing European satellites and using their data to monitor global climate changes. It has to supply all its member states with climate related satellite data, begging the question: how do they go about sharing petabytes of data efficiently and quickly with data scientists around the continent?

According to 451 Research, over 68% of organisations have a hybrid or multi-cloud approach to service delivery. Unfortunately, while agility is the ultimate outcome desired by hybrid IT, increasing cloud and operational complexity has resulted in major organisational friction. Application developers and data scientists are constantly waiting weeks for operations teams to provision services.

EUMETSAT decided to use a cloud management platform to create a one-stop-shop and self-service user experience for those who rely on EUMETSAT’s data every day. As part of that change, the team is using Morpheus Data’s multi-cloud management platform to integrate unstructured data and different vendors’ solutions, allowing EUMETSAT to deliver on this vision. 

“IT has a mandate to move faster but cloud and automation complexity has made that virtually impossible,” said Brad Parks, VP of Business Development, Morpheus Data. “Morpheus provides a simple and future-proof platform to deliver on-demand services by orchestrating the tools customers already have on whatever clouds they choose.”

Enabling instant access to satellite data for big data applications 

EUMETSAT supplies climate-related satellite data to its European Member States and other users worldwide. With high resolution data now reaching petabyte scale, it is no longer efficient to simply transmit data to consumers. Modern data scientists need to move faster which means bringing their workloads to the data. 

To address this big data challenge, EUMETSAT has established a strategic roadmap for its future Data Services and awarded the design and deployment of a next-generation multi-cloud stack to major industry consortia. 

However, one of the most challenging elements of the project was the development of an agnostic cloud management layer and service catalogue to enable instant access to resources and the orchestration of heterogeneous technology components.

After an exhaustive look at available automation and orchestration technologies, Morpheus was selected as the multi-cloud management platform for the EUMETSAT project based on the company’s experience managing large complex multi-cloud environments as well as the tight engineering partnership with Morpheus and the project team.

“Our vision is to create a one-stop-shop and self-service user experience for those who rely on our data every day,” said Lothar Wolf, data services competence area manager at EUMETSAT. “Morpheus is remarkable because they combine substantial innovation and engineering expertise with a genuine desire to support our success.”

As part of the EUMETSAT project, Morpheus worked with Dell Technologies to integrate Isilon and ECS for file and object storage as well as the Avamar data protection platform. These unstructured data integrations, together with connectivity into VMware, OpenStack, and other public cloud platforms will help EUMETSAT deliver on its self-service vision.

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