DDN, a high-end storage standard bearer, this morning joined the ranks of storage vendors offering new all-flash technology with the launch of Flashscale, a family of all-flash, scale-out and scale-up products designed for read, write and mixed workloads for enterprise data analytics, web scale cloud and HPC environments. Available in August, the SFA14KXi (the first model number within the Flashscale family) is targeted at organizations demanding storage platforms that deliver high performance capacity and latency across massive stores of data types and applications, including analytics and database acceleration in Hadoop environments …
Like many other storage companies with roots in HPC, Panasas is leveraging its history in some of the most demanding environments to bridge the technical to commercial computing divide. According to the company’s Geoffrey Noer, just three years ago, most Panasas customers were in traditional HPC, scattered across a wide number of users in academia Read more…
In most industries today, (whether it is financial services, manufacturing, academic research, healthcare and life sciences, or energy exploration) data analysis, modeling, and visualization efforts are critical to success.
To gain a competitive edge, most organizations are incorporating ever-large data sets and more variable data formats into these computational workflows to help derive better information upon which to make smarter decisions.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Panasas_on_background.bmp” alt=”” width=”120″ height=”79″ />Panasas has launched ActiveStor 14, the company’s fifth-generation storage applicance aimed at high performance computing. The new offering adds solid state drives (SSDs) to what has been almost exclusively a hard disk-based (HDD) NAS storage line-up. The inclusion of SSDs into the company’s flagship offering is further proof that flash memory has become a mainstream storage technology for accelerating HPC workloads.
This week cloud giant Amazon Web Services announced a new EC2 instance type for applications that need low-latency access to high-speed solid-state disks (SSDs).
Solid state storage provides a great many benefits for big data and cloud applications, but the technology has an achilles heel.
Reducing the size of NAND memory has some serious downsides.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Byungse_So_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”77″ height=”85″ />As one of the world leaders in memory solutions, Samsung Semiconductor has been a key supplier of DRAM and NAND components that end up in high performance computing systems. Dr. Byungse So, who heads the Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering team at Samsung, shares his thoughts about the memory technologies needed by performance-minded users today and what might come next.
Solid state storage vendors are making a frontal assault on the hard disk establishment in the datacenter.
The assault on hard disk storage seems to be building with each new flash memory offering. This week, Violin Memory launched a new solid state memory line aimed to replace primary storage in the datacenter. The Violin 6000 Series flash Memory Arrays is designed as an all-silicon storage solution for data-intensive enterprise applications, and is intended to compete against disk-based solutions in cost, both upfront and operationally.