DDN-Tintri Showcases Technology Integration with Two New Products

By John Russell

October 20, 2020

DDN, a long-time leader in HPC storage, announced two new products today and provided more detail around its strategy for integrating DDN HPC technologies with the enterprise strengths of its recent acquisitions, notably Tintri, Nexenta, and IntelliFlash (from Western Digital). Following its buying binge, DDN has been aggressively promoting the DDN ‘At Scale’ brand as its HPC product line, distinct from its Tintri ‘Intelligent Infrastructure’ line as its enterprise brand.

The two announced products, Tintri’s IntelliFlash H-Series and VMstore T7000, are upgrades to existing product lines and will use advanced NVMe controller technology from DDN’s AIX series which powers some of today’s most advanced supercomputers, including Nvidia’s Selene which debuted at number 7 on the most recent Top500 list.

The IntelliFlash H-Series is a hybrid product that combines NVMe flash memory with HDDs for scalable capacity (up to 5 petabytes) while VMstore T7000 is an all NVMe flash system targeting virtualized workloads.

“We’re introducing this platform as part of a kind of ‘sandwich approach’ to integrating our businesses and getting the most out of them,” James Coomer, DDN SVP of products, told HPCwire. “The bottom piece of bread is the hardware. The middle of the sandwich is these various software products, Tintri VMstore, IntelliFlash and EXAScaler on the DDN side. We’ve been taking IP and moving it around for the benefit of the other software products. The top of the sandwich is the cloud analytics, which we’ve taken from Tintri and have been bringing across to all the other products over this past year. That’ll come to fruition next year.”

Pointing to IntelliFlash H-Series and VMstore T7000, Tintri CTO Tomer Hagay said, “Even though they have different bezels (front panel) and look different, we’re using the same platform underneath. That’s the whole point. We’re leveraging development done by DDN At Scale side – all the firmware, the BIOS, and optimizations – for use on the enterprise side. We focus where we’ve always focused, which is on deep integration with ecosystems, with applications, with virtual machines, with containers, automatic quality of service, and data services of a very high granularity.”

Here’s the product descriptions from DDN-Tintri (lightly edited):

  • IntelliFlash H-Series – Scalable NVMe-accelerated Hybrid Flash Systems
    The IntelliFlash H-Series hybrid flash systems combine the performance of NVMe with the economics of HDDs for a full-service intelligent storage infrastructure that’s easy to manage. H-Series systems enable multi-petabyte, multiprotocol environments that support virtualized and non-virtualized SAN and NAS workloads. These systems deliver a combination of performance and scalability for enterprise end-user file shares and AI, analytics and HPC workloads. The H-Series enables concurrent support for SAN and NAS protocols on a single system, while incorporating powerful analytics software for faster data insights. These enterprise-grade systems also enable large scale file services without the performance degradation experienced when using other NAS systems.
  • VMstore T7000 – First NVMe-Based VMStore System leveraging DDN technology
    The T7000 is the latest addition to VMstore [and] that delivers outstanding operational efficiencies with AI-driven autonomous operations and advanced analytics. The T7000 is the first NVMe-based VMstore system, leveraging DDN’s proven NVMe technology to provide 30% faster performance than current generation VMstore systems, and designed for today’s most demanding environments. The higher density NVMe system also supports more VMs in the same footprint for better cost-efficiency.”

DDN is hoping technology synergy will fuel its drive into the enterprise market. Privately held, DDN has been in business for 20 years and “profitable for the majority of those,” said Coomer. Headcount is currently about 1000. The company has 30 offices worldwide, 150 patents, and has sold around 20 exabytes of systems according to Coomer. The long-term challenge for some time has been growth. The traditional high-end HPC market, where DDN is a dominant player, tends to face boom-bust cycles and its absolute size – dollars and number of customers – is dwarfed by the much larger enterprise market.

Recently DDN has been expanding its portfolio through acquisition. It picked up Intel’s Lustre division (parallel file system) two and a half years ago. Lustre, of course, is very popular in HPC, particularly at the high end, although it has not gained much traction in the enterprise. DDN bundles Lustre in its EXAscaler product line.

The push into enterprise began with acquisition of Tintri (for $60 million) in 2018. Tintri had struggled after an IPO but had solid technology (VMstore). In the last year or so DDN acquired IntelliFlash (flash memory) and Nexenta (strength in SAN). The task now is to integrate these pieces together and build a enterprise storage technology business, while not damaging DDN’s successful HPC business. DDN recently ranked number 1 in an Intersect360 Research study of user satisfaction with vendors.

“When DDN acquired Tintri, it signaled that it foresaw the growing importance of high-performance data management and analytics for enterprise computing. DDN’s new products integrate these technologies to address these trends,” said Intersect360 CEO Addison Snell.

Today’s announcements represent early progress points in the integration and leveraging of DDN’s HPC strength into its enterprise lineup. Hagay said VMstore T7000 will be 30 percent faster and is more flexible. The IntelliFlash H-Series also has scalability and enhanced NAS capabilities that were largely taken from Nexenta. Pricing for the new products wasn’t disclosed. The IntelliFlash H-Series (two versions, H6100 and H6200) will be available Q4 2020, so presumably soon, while VMstore T7000 won’t be available until Q1 2021.

Coomer said, “The IntelliFlash H-Series is 2U system that can scale to multi-petabytes. It’s hybrid, because we’ve got NVMe in the controller. But then we have up to four of these 90-bay enclosures attached to it. As a 4U 90-bay, top-loading system, 3.5-inch SAS, [and] we can have up to four of those attached to the NVMe controller at launch, with more coming later,” said Coomer.

“So that means around five or six petabytes of HDD storage fronted and by IntelliFlash managed NVMe and IntelliFlash managers have very comprehensive read and write caching and metadata caching and perform inline dedupe and compression through that flash layer at the top. We don’t need this [capability] for databases with many of the traditional IntelliFlash workloads. But for new workloads using NAS, those tend to be more unstructured data or at least larger volumes of data where we need this,” he said.

At least near-term, navigating the new expanded DDN franchise can be a little confusing. Separate web sites showcase the DDN At Scale’s portfolio and Tintri’s lineup, although Coomer noted, for example, that both organizations will sell the IntelliFlash H Series.

“DDN is both the mother company and also the name of the At Scale company and its sister company is Tintri, the enterprise division. So really, there’s two halves, one is at scale, one is enterprise. Obviously [we’re] increasing the cross pollination between them,” said Coomer.

The high-end HPC and traditional enterprise markets have been quite different but that’s changing as demand for AI and AI-infused HPC capabilities grow in the broader enterprise market. Coomer noted that storage capacity and throughput are often used as rough benchmarks that separate the two markets. Coomer said “20 gigs/sec or 30 gigs /sec and a few petabytes” roughly describes a blurry line between the two segments.

“The other thing is ecosystem integration into enterprise. They expect to have various links into VMware, Hyper V, and lots of plugins into the things they use in the backup environment. [Those] don’t really have the same level of up take in At Scale where it’s mostly about performance and capacity.”

IntelliFlash, he noted, “Ticks all the enterprise boxes when it comes to dedupe, compression, thin provisioning, cloning, all this kind of stuff. At Scale, our EXAscalar ticks all the boxes when it comes to absolute performance, absolute cost effective scaling capacity. Plus, we have some significant enterprise features, but not quite the same sort of flavors of an IntelliFlash. So we’re just introducing snapshots. We don’t do dedupe and compression, but we do provide really strong data management.”

Link to release: https://tintri.com/company/news/press-releases/new-intelligent-infrastructure-platform-brings-unprecedented-levels-of-performance-to-tintri-customers/

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industy updates delivered to you every week!

Watch Nvidia’s GTC21 Keynote with Jensen Huang Livestreamed Here, Monday at 8:30am PT

April 9, 2021

Join HPCwire right here on Monday, April 12, at 8:30 am PT to see the Nvidia GTC21 keynote from Nvidia’s CEO, Jensen Huang, livestreamed in its entirety. Hosted by HPCwire, you can click to join the Huang keynote on our livestream to hear Nvidia’s expected news and... Read more…

The US Places Seven Additional Chinese Supercomputing Entities on Blacklist

April 8, 2021

As tensions between the U.S. and China continue to simmer, the U.S. government today added seven Chinese supercomputing entities to an economic blacklist. The U.S. Entity List bars U.S. firms from supplying key technolog Read more…

Argonne Supercomputing Supports Caterpillar Engine Design

April 8, 2021

Diesel fuels still account for nearly ten percent of all energy-related U.S. carbon emissions – most of them from heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and construction equipment. Energy efficiency is key to these machines, Read more…

Habana’s AI Silicon Comes to San Diego Supercomputer Center

April 8, 2021

Habana Labs, an Intel-owned AI company, has partnered with server maker Supermicro to provide high-performance, high-efficiency AI computing in the form of new training and inference servers that will power the upcoming Read more…

Intel Partners Debut Latest Servers Based on the New Intel Gen 3 ‘Ice Lake’ Xeons

April 7, 2021

Fresh from Intel’s launch of the company’s latest third-generation Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake” processors on April 6 (Tuesday), Intel server partners Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo simultaneously unveiled their first server models built around the latest chips. And though arch-rival AMD may... Read more…

AWS Solution Channel

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Uses NICE DCV for High-Performance 3D Remote Visualization

 

Volkswagen Passenger Cars has been one of the world’s largest car manufacturers for over 70 years. The company delivers more than 6 million automobiles to global customers every year, from 50 production locations on five continents. Read more…

What’s New in HPC Research: Tundra, Fugaku, µHPC & More

April 6, 2021

In this regular feature, HPCwire highlights newly published research in the high-performance computing community and related domains. From parallel programming to exascale to quantum computing, the details are here. Read more…

The US Places Seven Additional Chinese Supercomputing Entities on Blacklist

April 8, 2021

As tensions between the U.S. and China continue to simmer, the U.S. government today added seven Chinese supercomputing entities to an economic blacklist. The U Read more…

Habana’s AI Silicon Comes to San Diego Supercomputer Center

April 8, 2021

Habana Labs, an Intel-owned AI company, has partnered with server maker Supermicro to provide high-performance, high-efficiency AI computing in the form of new Read more…

Intel Partners Debut Latest Servers Based on the New Intel Gen 3 ‘Ice Lake’ Xeons

April 7, 2021

Fresh from Intel’s launch of the company’s latest third-generation Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake” processors on April 6 (Tuesday), Intel server partners Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo simultaneously unveiled their first server models built around the latest chips. And though arch-rival AMD may... Read more…

Intel Launches 10nm ‘Ice Lake’ Datacenter CPU with Up to 40 Cores

April 6, 2021

The wait is over. Today Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU, the third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, codenamed Ice Lake. With up to 40 Read more…

HPE Launches Storage Line Loaded with IBM’s Spectrum Scale File System

April 6, 2021

HPE today launched a new family of storage solutions bundled with IBM’s Spectrum Scale Erasure Code Edition parallel file system (description below) and featu Read more…

RIKEN’s Ongoing COVID Research Includes New Vaccines, New Tests & More

April 6, 2021

RIKEN took the supercomputing world by storm last summer when it launched Fugaku – which became (and remains) the world’s most powerful supercomputer – ne Read more…

CERN Is Betting Big on Exascale

April 1, 2021

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) involves 23 countries, 15,000 researchers, billions of dollars a year, and the biggest machine in the worl Read more…

AI Systems Summit Keynote: Brace for System Level Heterogeneity Says de Supinski

April 1, 2021

Heterogeneous computing has quickly come to mean packing a couple of CPUs and one-or-many accelerators, mostly GPUs, onto the same node. Today, a one-such-node system has become the standard AI server offered by dozens of vendors. This is not to diminish the many advances... Read more…

Julia Update: Adoption Keeps Climbing; Is It a Python Challenger?

January 13, 2021

The rapid adoption of Julia, the open source, high level programing language with roots at MIT, shows no sign of slowing according to data from Julialang.org. I Read more…

Intel Launches 10nm ‘Ice Lake’ Datacenter CPU with Up to 40 Cores

April 6, 2021

The wait is over. Today Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU, the third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, codenamed Ice Lake. With up to 40 Read more…

CERN Is Betting Big on Exascale

April 1, 2021

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) involves 23 countries, 15,000 researchers, billions of dollars a year, and the biggest machine in the worl Read more…

Programming the Soon-to-Be World’s Fastest Supercomputer, Frontier

January 5, 2021

What’s it like designing an app for the world’s fastest supercomputer, set to come online in the United States in 2021? The University of Delaware’s Sunita Chandrasekaran is leading an elite international team in just that task. Chandrasekaran, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, recently was named... Read more…

HPE Launches Storage Line Loaded with IBM’s Spectrum Scale File System

April 6, 2021

HPE today launched a new family of storage solutions bundled with IBM’s Spectrum Scale Erasure Code Edition parallel file system (description below) and featu Read more…

10nm, 7nm, 5nm…. Should the Chip Nanometer Metric Be Replaced?

June 1, 2020

The biggest cool factor in server chips is the nanometer. AMD beating Intel to a CPU built on a 7nm process node* – with 5nm and 3nm on the way – has been i Read more…

Saudi Aramco Unveils Dammam 7, Its New Top Ten Supercomputer

January 21, 2021

By revenue, oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco is one of the largest companies in the world, and it has historically employed commensurate amounts of supercomputing Read more…

Quantum Computer Start-up IonQ Plans IPO via SPAC

March 8, 2021

IonQ, a Maryland-based quantum computing start-up working with ion trap technology, plans to go public via a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) merger a Read more…

Leading Solution Providers

Contributors

Can Deep Learning Replace Numerical Weather Prediction?

March 3, 2021

Numerical weather prediction (NWP) is a mainstay of supercomputing. Some of the first applications of the first supercomputers dealt with climate modeling, and Read more…

Livermore’s El Capitan Supercomputer to Debut HPE ‘Rabbit’ Near Node Local Storage

February 18, 2021

A near node local storage innovation called Rabbit factored heavily into Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s decision to select Cray’s proposal for its CORAL-2 machine, the lab’s first exascale-class supercomputer, El Capitan. Details of this new storage technology were revealed... Read more…

New Deep Learning Algorithm Solves Rubik’s Cube

July 25, 2018

Solving (and attempting to solve) Rubik’s Cube has delighted millions of puzzle lovers since 1974 when the cube was invented by Hungarian sculptor and archite Read more…

African Supercomputing Center Inaugurates ‘Toubkal,’ Most Powerful Supercomputer on the Continent

February 25, 2021

Historically, Africa hasn’t exactly been synonymous with supercomputing. There are only a handful of supercomputers on the continent, with few ranking on the Read more…

The History of Supercomputing vs. COVID-19

March 9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a greater challenge to the high-performance computing community than any before. HPCwire's coverage of the supercomputing response t Read more…

HPE Names Justin Hotard New HPC Chief as Pete Ungaro Departs

March 2, 2021

HPE CEO Antonio Neri announced today (March 2, 2021) the appointment of Justin Hotard as general manager of HPC, mission critical solutions and labs, effective Read more…

AMD Launches Epyc ‘Milan’ with 19 SKUs for HPC, Enterprise and Hyperscale

March 15, 2021

At a virtual launch event held today (Monday), AMD revealed its third-generation Epyc “Milan” CPU lineup: a set of 19 SKUs -- including the flagship 64-core, 280-watt 7763 part --  aimed at HPC, enterprise and cloud workloads. Notably, the third-gen Epyc Milan chips achieve 19 percent... Read more…

Microsoft, HPE Bringing AI, Edge, Cloud to Earth Orbit in Preparation for Mars Missions

February 12, 2021

The International Space Station will soon get a delivery of powerful AI, edge and cloud computing tools from HPE and Microsoft Azure to expand technology experi Read more…

  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
HPCwire