UK AWE awards Atos contract to support long term storage

SpectraLogic TFinity Tape Libraries to enable long term storage of critical high-performance data

London, 1 December 2020

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announces it has been awarded a contract by AWE* to install new SpectraLogic TFinity Tape Libraries.

The new systems will be based upon both LTO8 and LTO9 tape technology utilising Spectra Logic’s Swarm technology, which removes the need for a Fibre Channel based infrastructure.

The UK Ministry of Defence has responsibility for the programme at AWE, which is operated under contract by AWE Management Limited. The establishment has been at the forefront of UK nuclear deterrence for 70 years. It supports the UK’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent and plays a key role in national nuclear security.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty prohibits emission of nuclear yield, so AWE relies on a science-based and computational programme to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile.

High performance computing is a critical underpinning technology in the vast majority of our science- based programme,said Paul Tomlinson, High Performance Computing at AWE. “Following a competitive tendering process, we are delighted to have selected ATOS and Spectra Logic as our partners. AWE has had a successful relationship with Atos going back to 2008, and most recently installed a BullSequana x1000 Supercomputer. These new Spectra Logic tape libraries provide more storage capacity in less space than our previous libraries.

Agnès Boudot, Senior Vice President, Head of HPC & Quantum at Atos, said: “The installation of this advanced data archive solution is designed to work in harmony with the existing supercomputing facilities delivered by Atos and will serve to strengthen further the capability of AWE to continually evolve technical understanding via its research-based computational programmes.

Nathan Thompson, Spectra Logic CEO, said: “We are pleased to partner with ATOS to provide our flagship TFinity tape library technology to AWE to store and archive their groundbreaking scientific research.
“Our TFinity libraries are purpose-built to push the boundaries of storage density, performance, reliability and scalability so data-driven organisations such as AWE can preserve their valuable work in science and technology for decades to come.

Through its commitment to low-carbon technologies such as its Direct Liquid Cooling solution, which minimises global energy consumption, and other environmentally responsible technologies in the
BullSequana supercomputer, Atos supports AWE in its commitment to minimising the footprint of its operations.

About AWE

AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst its’ sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three partners: the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Serco Group plc and Jacobs Engineering Group. For further information, visit:
*Atomic Weapons Establishment

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 110,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of €12 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.

About Spectra Logic

Spectra Logic develops data storage and data management solutions that solve the problem of long-term digital preservation for organizations dealing with exponential data growth. Dedicated solely to storage innovation for over 40 years, Spectra Logic’s uncompromising product and customer focus is proven by the adoption of its solutions by leaders in multiple industries globally. Spectra enables affordable, multi-decade data storage and access by creating new methods of managing information in all forms of storage—including archive, backup, cold storage, private cloud and public cloud. To learn more, visit

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