J11.4 An Enterprise Backup Solution for the Ocean Surface Topography (OSTM)/Jason-2 Mission

Tuesday, 25 January 2011: 2:15 PM
606 (Washington State Convention Center)
Abhishek Agarwal, Avaya Government Solutions, Lanham, MD; and R. Dahmani, S. Tehranian, and K. McKenzie

The Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) is a joint effort by four organizations to measure sea surface height using a radar altimeter mounted on a low-earth orbiting satellite called Jason-2. The four mission participants include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), France's Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), and European Meteorological Satellite Organisation (EUMETSAT). Under the OSTM program, NOAA is responsible for supporting its satellite ground segment during its routine operational phases and to acquire, produce, and distribute geophysical data in a manner beneficial to all interested users.

The OSTM/Jason-2 Backup System is currently under development and uses Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software with built-in redundancy providing high reliability and availability.  The solution provides backup and recovery of both the application data and the operating system (bare metal recovery).  The OSTM/Jason-2 Backup System is designed to provide disaster recovery; support automatic backup and restores; provide compatibility with backup software for other missions; meet IT Security requirements for Disaster Recovery (DR) and Continuity of Operations (COOP); provide centralized repository for backups and restores with minimal interference with the existing operational network traffic; and support removable media transfers for offsite storage.

The OSTM/Jason-2 Backup System will be deployed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) as all major ground system components are located at this facility. This paper describes the hardware and software architecture for the OSTM/Jason-2 Backup System It also describes the design, development, testing, deployment and transition to operations of the OSTM/Jason-2 Back System at NSOF.

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