Until relatively recently, HPC storage systems have been almost an afterthought, a grab bag mix of components jury rigged together to support the star of the show – a supercomputer or a large compute cluster. A typical legacy HPC storage solution was made up of commercially available RAID arrays, network filers, or direct attached disks. Read more…
Being competitive in today’s economy means companies need to accelerate the time it takes to go from concepts to profitable products and services. There is no shortage of new services, novel methods and innovations to help solve the problems we face; yet, to affect real change, faster market solutions need to be pragmatic and affordable.
In what has become a week of news around bringing HPC technology to the midrange market, Lustre file system gatekeeper, Xyratex, hashed out new boxes to bring down some parallel file system barriers and put higher performance on x86 cluster within closer reach for simulation and….
Innovation has been the cornerstone of success in our heritage in the data storage industry for the last twenty-five years. About two years ago, Xyratex initiated an investigation into additional market opportunities for enterprise class data storage solutions. Our research yielded interesting data points that aligned with the strengths of Xyratex. We discovered that not only was the High Performance Computing (HPC) a high growth area for storage, it also represented a dynamic market opportunity with a substantial need for better data storage design. We also learned that the way data storage was being implemented at many of these sites was unduly complicated in terms of initial installation, performance optimization and ongoing management.