DDN had the largest share of installed systems at HPC sites (14.8 percent), gaining almost a full percentage point over the previous year. DDN's closest competitors follow at 12.7 and 11.0 percent, and all other suppliers had less than 10 percent share of reported storage systems. DDN's continued strong showing is a testament to the success of the company's focus on solving the toughest data access and management challenges to deliver consistent, cost-effective performance at scale.
Intersect360 Research forecasts storage to be the fastest growing hardware sector in HPC, and according to a recent DDN survey, end users in the world's most data-intense environments, like those in many general IT environments, are increasing their use of Cloud. However, unlike general IT environments, the HPC sector is overwhelmingly opting for private and hybrid Clouds instead of the public Cloud. More than 90 percent of HPC sites surveyed are modernizing their data centres with flash, with the largest cited use cases being flash acceleration of parallel file system metadata, specific application data and specific end-user data. Survey responses show that I/O performance and rapid data growth remain the biggest issues for HPC organisations - a circumstance that favors continuing strong demand for DDN technologies that are leading the market in solving these challenges.
"High-performance sites are incredibly challenging IT environments with massive data requirements across very diverse application and user types", stated Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing, DDN. "Because we are a leader in this space, we have the expertise to provide the optimal solutions for traditional and commercial high-performance customers to ensure they are maximizing their compute investment with the right storage infrastructure."