Panasas Boosts ActiveStor with Fat Drives, RAID 6+

June 12, 2014

Disk drives keep getting fatter, and the time to rebuild the data on them keeps taking longer and longer. And so the engineers at disk array maker Panasas have Read more…

By Timothy Prickett Morgan

Dynamic Disk Pools Optimize Data Protection for Big Data Environments

May 12, 2014

In high-performance computing (HPC) and other big-data environments, success depends on the speed at which data is acquired, processed, and distributed. These e Read more…

Data Protection: One Size Does Not Fit All

April 10, 2013

In object storage applications, cluster sizes run the gamut from just a few nodes built into a medical imaging modality to thousands of nodes spanning multiple datacenters. Fulfilling the economic and manageability promises of a unified storage approach means using the best protection scheme for each particular use case. The proposed solution leverages both replication and erasure coding to ensure scalability, while optimizing footprint efficiency. Read more…

By Paul Carpentier

NetApp, SGI Flex HPC Storage Muscle

March 7, 2013

NetApp and SGI made simultaneous announcements yesterday of new storage systems specifically targeted at HPC and big data applications. NetApp launched its latest offering in the E-Series line of controllers, the NetApp E5500, and OEM partner SGI adopted the technology for its InfiniteStorage 5600 RAID system. Read more…

By Richard L. Brandt

Architecting HPC Data Storage Solutions

December 19, 2011

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. Read more…

By Ken Claffey

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