The Satellite Remote Sensing (SRS) Facility had two Sun X4500 40 terabyte file servers delivered in Melbourne and Canberra recently. Each system weighs 98 kilograms and has 48, one terabyte disk drives. It took four people to get the unit out of the box and into the rack. Once the systems are configured, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) data will start flowing to the Melbourne system from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Work towards population data arrays in Perth is underway and SRS should have MODIS data online in a few weeks. Initially the Canberra system will be used to test AO-DAAC software components with some test data before full deployment.
SRS are progressing with the software and the installation of the OPeNDAP server software should follow quickly once the systems are up and running.