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Primeur weekly 2017-06-26

Focus

China's effort on HPC in the next 5 years - from exascale prototypes to exascale system ...

Crowd computing

BOINC Monitor 9.70 released ...

Focus on Europe

Eight Irish Supercomputer List: Irish HPC capacity more than doubles again ...

Memorandum of Understanding signed between CHPC and PRACE ...

GENCI to boost France scientific competitiveness and industrial innovation with new petascale supercomputer ...

Huawei inaugurates the HPC Global Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

Universal ultra high-dense and 'hot water' cooled RSC Tornado solution: ready to support Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, world's first Intel Omni-Path fabric based and 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled switches, improved RSC BasIS functionality ...

NVMe Revision 1.3 expands reach of fast storage for Enterprise, Client, and Cloud power users ...

DDN Storage named to elite $1 billion+ valuation "Storage Unicorn" list ...

Verne Global sets strategic roadmap to manage advanced computing requirements ...

Cisco and NetApp advance digital transformation with software-defined converged infrastructure solution for the next generation data centre ...

Cisco unveils network of the future that can learn, adapt and evolve ...

New Supermicro X11 SuperBlade boosts I/O performance featuring Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Supermicro announces full portfolio of A+ server solutions optimized for new high-performance AMD EPYC processors ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions scale deep learning platforms to world-leading performance ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand chosen by AMD as the preferred interconnect solutions to accelerate new EPYC data centre platforms ...

Applications

Shape and size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA ...

SDSC's Comet is a key resource in new global dark matter experiment ...

New computing system takes its cues from human brain ...

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks ...

Machine learning and high performance computing for industrial applications ...

Modelling the brain with Lego bricks ...

How pythons regenerate their organs and other secrets of the snake genome ...

The Cloud

European Commission to set up new High Level Expert Group 2017-18 for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Huawei releases HPC Cloud solution 2.0 ...

Cisco and NetApp advance digital transformation with software-defined converged infrastructure solution for the next generation data centre

22 Jun 2017 Sunnyvale - Cisco and NetApp have expanded the portfolio of the industry's fastest growing integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems with a new offering that is uniquely designed for emerging business challenges.

The new FlexPod SF solution offers an ideal infrastructure for the data-intensive scale-out workloads that are critical to digital transformation. It features innovative NetApp SolidFire all-flash, scale-out, Cloud-connected storage, Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) B-Series servers, and Cisco Nexus switching. The new solution can support enterprise and emerging architectures with precise storage capacity and performance tailored to the needs of individual tenants in multitenant environments.

"Enterprise IT organizations face a dual challenge; they have to maximize performance and value from existing mission-critical workloads while adopting new technologies that can speed digital transformation", stated Eric Sheppard, research director, IDC. "The adoption of private Cloud solutions offers an approach that helps them more easily transition to the future. FlexPod SF is a good example of an architecture that securely and seamlessly delivers workloads across cloud environments at scale and at cost."

The new solution extends the FlexPod technology portfolio that has been deployed by over 8,400 global customers and 1,100 partners that serve 100 countries. Representing over 250 years of combined engineering experience, the portfolio has generated a total of $8 billion in combined revenue across Cisco and NetApp to date.

The new solution offers:

  • High-end predictable performance. Reliably run hundreds of applications on a single platform with guaranteed SLAs to independently set capacity and quality of service (QoS) at minimum, maximum, or burst performance levels across the entire infrastructure. FlexPod SF is built on Cisco UCS, which has over 120 world record benchmarks, combined with the dedicated performance of NetApp SolidFire storage. SolidFire offers the ability to remove 93% of storage performance issues and remove "noisy neighbours" with SolidFire QoS.
  • Programmable agility. Seamlessly meet business demands with SolidFire software-defined architecture, simplified management, and scale by automating every aspect of provisioning, management, and reporting with 100% programmable SolidFire storage and UCS B-Series servers. Cisco UCS compute offers up to 56% faster time to market and the ability to deliver up to 59% more business applications to end users. NetApp SolidFire storage also enables virtual machine (VM) deployment up to five times faster and provides granular "scale as you grow" capabilities with independent storage nodes.
  • Scale-out value. Enable customers to align business expenses with business growth by reducing initial capital expenditures. This highly flexible solution delivers controlled performance at lower operating costs by allowing customers to buy only as much compute and storage as they need, when they need it. The FlexPod family of solutions delivers impactful savings of up to 46% in lower IT infrastructure costs. FlexPod SF also offers cost savings through infrastructure consolidation, automation, and rapid application delivery.

"At Safelite, a leading provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, we serve up to 6 million customers every year. To continue offering our customers the best service possible, we needed a simple, highly scalable solution that would offer a superior customer experience and support our continued growth", stated Matthew Coy, vice president, Information Technology, Safelite Group. "The high-performance compute and next-generation storage of FlexPod SF provided us a strong foundation for our state-of-the-art claims processing centre."

"We've had great success in leveraging FlexPod to help our customers address their business requirements and achieve operational efficiency, cost savings, and overall success", stated Jerry McIntosh, senior vice president, Advanced Technology, ePlus. "We're excited for the opportunity to expand our reach to Cloud and virtualization buyers with FlexPod SF."

"To help businesses capitalize on their digital transformation, IT needs a new kind of Cloud infrastructure that is simple, agile, and performs predictably as application requirements rapidly change", stated Satinder Sethi, vice president, Data Center Solutions, Cisco. "FlexPod SF offers a prevalidated, next-generation software–defined, converged architecture solution that customers can deploy with confidence to meet their transformational goals."

"Data is at the heart of business success in the digital era. Together, Cisco and NetApp offer a family of solutions that give organizations access to the full value of their data for competitive advantage", stated Brett Roscoe, vice president, Products, Solutions, and Services Marketing, NetApp. "FlexPod SF helps customers maximize that value with a new kind of converged infrastructure that easily scales, performs predictably, and offers better economics."
Source: Cisco

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-06-26

Focus

China's effort on HPC in the next 5 years - from exascale prototypes to exascale system ...

Crowd computing

BOINC Monitor 9.70 released ...

Focus on Europe

Eight Irish Supercomputer List: Irish HPC capacity more than doubles again ...

Memorandum of Understanding signed between CHPC and PRACE ...

GENCI to boost France scientific competitiveness and industrial innovation with new petascale supercomputer ...

Huawei inaugurates the HPC Global Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

Universal ultra high-dense and 'hot water' cooled RSC Tornado solution: ready to support Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, world's first Intel Omni-Path fabric based and 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled switches, improved RSC BasIS functionality ...

NVMe Revision 1.3 expands reach of fast storage for Enterprise, Client, and Cloud power users ...

DDN Storage named to elite $1 billion+ valuation "Storage Unicorn" list ...

Verne Global sets strategic roadmap to manage advanced computing requirements ...

Cisco and NetApp advance digital transformation with software-defined converged infrastructure solution for the next generation data centre ...

Cisco unveils network of the future that can learn, adapt and evolve ...

New Supermicro X11 SuperBlade boosts I/O performance featuring Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Supermicro announces full portfolio of A+ server solutions optimized for new high-performance AMD EPYC processors ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions scale deep learning platforms to world-leading performance ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand chosen by AMD as the preferred interconnect solutions to accelerate new EPYC data centre platforms ...

Applications

Shape and size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA ...

SDSC's Comet is a key resource in new global dark matter experiment ...

New computing system takes its cues from human brain ...

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks ...

Machine learning and high performance computing for industrial applications ...

Modelling the brain with Lego bricks ...

How pythons regenerate their organs and other secrets of the snake genome ...

The Cloud

European Commission to set up new High Level Expert Group 2017-18 for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Huawei releases HPC Cloud solution 2.0 ...