The first product Molly Rector talked about was the ES7K, a new way of storing data for small to medium-sized supercomputing and HPC institutes. It is taking the technology that DDN provides to the Top100 largest supercomputers and making a department level supercomputing solution or a department level solution that you can put maybe not into a supercomputer but in other areas of the university or the enterprise to get high performance but at a smaller footprint and at a lower price.
You start out with the ES7K as a one 4U box. It has everything in it: the latest version of Lustre, all the DDN optimizations that DDN does for Lustre to make it high performant for both small and big files, integrated solid state disks if you desire, and storage capacity.
You can just buy a small unit and get all that technology built into one but as you need to grow over time, you can use DDN's capacity nodes. If you need more performance, you can also add the metadata nodes. The basic 4U unit has metadata nodes embedded but if you need more performance, you have metadata nodes and capacity nodes. This can scale up to multiple petabytes if you want to, but you may be starting as small as 100 terabytes and you can grow as your needs grow.
The ES7K is available to start shipping from DDN this quarter. DDN is taking orders now if you want to have an ES7K for yourself.
The second product Molly Rector presented was the new Wolfcreek platform. This innovation enables supercomputing and high performance data institutes to get a lot more capacity and a lot more power in a tiny footprint. The Wolfcreek platform will be an all solid-state storage array. It will be a memory acceleration appliance. It will be the next generation of DDN's SFA series, i.e. SFA14K.
What is very cool about it is that it can go up to 6 million IOPS in just 4U of capacity. It can get 60 gigabytes of throughput in that same 4U box. This is a great mix of I/O on both IOPS and throughput in a single system. You have the advantage of embedding applications on a local PCIe network, leveraging NVM-E drives within the system to get low latency embedded application with the highest performance on the market.
It takes advantage of all the latest new technologies that are coming out in the supercomputing space from DDN's partners at Intel, Mellanox, as well as DDN design's hard work. Wolfcreek offers a new platform which enables you to get a lot more work done in a much smaller footprint.
The third product Molly Rector wanted to introduce was the imminent release of DDN's Infinite Memory Engine or IME software technology. DDN has been showing IME as a testbed infrastructure for two years now in the supercomputing industry. It is the industry's first open application-aware I/O accelerator. It breaks the performance bottleneck where you have to overprovision your computer to take advantage of various bursty workloads through the day and overprovision your storage to be able to accept all that data during those bursty workloads.
What IME does, is that it transparently inserts itself in the workload between the compute and the storage, transparent to the applications, and essentially just levels out that performance to even get a hundred percent or to get as close as possible of the performance of your compute environment as well as your hardware environment. So you no longer have to overprovision on spending 30-40 percent of your budget on overprovision hardware, just to get the performance you need through the day.
This game-changing IME solution in the supercomputing industry will be shipping this quarter. DDN is very excited to bring it finally to the market after talking about it for a few years.
The rest of the DDN technology is about Cloud offerings and block and file storage solutions, next to the three big announcements Molly Rector made toPrimeur Magazine.