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The Standard Autonomous File Server, a Customized, Off-the-Shelf Success StoryThe Standard Autonomous File Server (SAFS), which includes both off-the-shelf hardware and software, uses an improved automated file transfer process to provide a quicker, more reliable, prioritized file distribution for customers of near real-time data without interfering with the assets involved in the acquisition and processing of the data. It operates as a stand-alone solution, monitoring itself, and providing an automated fail-over process to enhance reliability. This paper will describe the unique problems and lessons learned both during the COTS selection and integration into SAFS, and the system's first year of operation in support of NASA's satellite ground network. COTS was the key factor in allowing the two-person development team to deploy systems in less than a year, meeting the required launch schedule. The SAFS system his been so successful, it is becoming a NASA standard resource, leading to its nomination for NASA's Software or the Year Award in 1999.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Semancik, Susan K. (NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island, VA United States)
Conger, Annette M. (NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island, VA United States)
Obenschain, Arthur F.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 2, 2001
Subject Category
Documentation and Information Science
Meeting Information
International Conference on COTS-Based Software Systems(Orlando, FL)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.