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November 15, 2013

Bright Computing Previews Next-Generation Bright Cluster Manager at SC13

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 15 — Bright Computing, the leading, vendor-independent provider of management solutions for clusters and clouds, announces a preview of next-generation Bright Cluster Manager at SC13 featuring support for Hadoop clusters, OpenStack clouds and more. Now, in addition to its leading HPC cluster management capabilities for datacenters and AWS clouds, Bright provisions, monitors and manages Big Data clusters and private clouds making it an even more comprehensive management solution.

Big Data

Using your choice of leading Hadoop distributions, Bright Cluster Manager provisions, monitors and manages Hadoop clusters. It employs Bright roles to make it easy to configure Hadoop services such as HBase, YARN and ZooKeeper. Bright collects metrics and performs healthchecks for Hadoop that target HDFS, JVM, job and network activity. Bright integrates with MapReduce and YARN to manage Big Data workloads efficiently, and ensures high availability of vital Hadoop services.

Private Cloud

Bright Cluster Manager provisions, monitors and manages OpenStack private clouds. Bright bundles OpenStack, installs it, and uses Bright roles to configure OpenStack. Bright collects metrics and performs healthchecks that target individual OpenStack tenants (e.g., various quotas) as well as the cloud as a whole. Bright bundles, installs, configures, monitors and manages Ceph for object and block storage, and will use Open vSwitch for OpenStack networking services. Bright can boot OpenStack virtual machines and manage them as if they were physical nodes, and manages the software images they use. Bright makes vital OpenStack services highly available.

More New Features

Revision Control for Images — Bright Cluster Manager now has a revision-control feature for the software images used in provisioning clusters and clouds. It uses btrfs snapshotting or cloning.

Cloud Utilization — Bright works with storage services native to Amazon Web Services (S3 and Glacier). Bright instantiates compute resources in the cloud only when data is actually ready for use by applications. It also automatically starts and stops nodes in the cloud based on workload in the queuing system.

Cisco UCS — Bright Cluster Manager has full support for Cisco UCS servers, and takes full benefit from the integrated Unified Computing System (UCS) technology. Bright manages bare-metal BIOS settings and multi-node firmware upgrades, out-of-band services (e.g., power) and integrates directly with the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) to configure network, identity and other services. Finally, Bright samples a multitude of metrics and incorporates various health checks specific to Cisco UCS rack servers.

Next-gen Bright Cluster Manager will be demonstrated live in Bright Computing booth #1725 November 18-21 at SC13 inDenver, Colorado.

About Bright Computing

Bright Computing specializes in management software for on-premise HPC, Hadoop, storage, database and workstation clusters, as well as the seamless extension of these clusters into the cloud. Its flagship product — Bright Cluster Manager — with its intuitive graphical user interface and powerful cluster management shell, makes clusters of any size easy to install, use and manage, including systems combining processors with accelerators (e.g., NVIDIA GPUs) or coprocessors (e.g., Intel Xeon Phi). Bright’s minimal footprint enables systems to be utilized to their maximum potential, from departmental Hadoop clusters to large-scale supercomputers. Bright Computing partners include Amazon, Cisco, Cray and Dell, while Boeing, ING Bank, NASA, Roche, Saudi Aramco plus Stanford University and Tokyo Institute of Technology are examples of Bright customers. Bright Computing is a Red Herring 2013 Top 100 North America Award winner, the Deloitte Technology Fast50 “Rising Star 2013″ Award winner, the Main Software 50 “Highest Growth” Award winner, and Bright Cluster Manager was a “Best of Show Award” winner at Bio-IT World 2013.

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Source: Bright Computing