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Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop

23 Aug 2012 San Jose - Nutanix, a provider of SAN-free data centre solutions for VMware virtualized workloads, has launched a turn-key platform that employs VMware's core virtualization technology and Fusion-io flash for cost-effective virtualized Hadoop deployments that demand high IO performance and rapid capacity expansion without the need for a SAN or NAS.

Nutanix's Complete Cluster collapses the conventional two-tiered data centre design - compute and storage - into one scalable tier of infrastructure. Inside each appliance, Nutanix software runs on top of VMware vSphere, transforming local storage devices into a distributed virtualized cluster. The software-based approach to storage provided by Nutanix Complete Cluster is ideal for running virtualized scale-out workloads such as Hadoop.

Its innovative use of server-attached Fusion-io flash memory and 10GbE network speeds, delivers ultra low-latency and performance at any scale. Clusters start at four nodes, but can dynamically expand to several hundred. This powerful combination of commodity hardware, flash and software-based scale out storage offers a compelling solution for Big Data deployments that demand high-end Hadoop performance optimized for virtualized data centres.

"In order for Hadoop to thrive in the private Cloud, it must borrow from the scale-out converged architectures prevalent in the public Cloud - virtualized, elastic, and with multi-tiered storage. To succeed, vendors must address this problem for the mass market with a software-defined approach delivered on off-the-shelf hardware", stated Merv Adrian, a Vice President at Gartner.

"Nutanix Complete Cluster software-based storage capabilities enable a flexible deployment model ideal for running Hadoop workloads on VMware vSphere virtualized workloads", stated Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware.

Rack-busting performance, enterprise-grade data management: Nutanix's network-less NFS delivers up to 2000 MB/s of sequential throughput in a compact 2U 4-node cluster for Hadoop workloads. A Terasort benchmark yields 250 MB/s in the same 2U cluster providing more than 200 percent better performance density than the nearest bare-metal rival. Throughput scales linearly by stacking more blocks.

"Hortonworks and Nutanix have incredible alignment in making Hadoop the next generation data platform for the enterprise", stated Mitch Ferguson, VP Business Development at Hortonworks. "Running Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) on Nutanix Complete Cluster platform brings an extremely simplified scale-out enterprise-grade Big Data stack to the marketplace."

Nutanix has built a general purpose distributed file system that can bring enterprise-grade features to Hadoop and general purpose VMs, including snapshots, cloning, DR, data tiering, low-latency flash memory performance from Fusion-io, advanced HTML5 UI, and high-density x86 hardware for maximum rack utilization.

"In virtualized Hadoop environments, low-latency access to data is the key to successful deployment, and the Nutanix Complete Cluster successfully leverages the power of VMware and Fusion ioMemory to realize highly scalable compute performance, while also offering significant value through savings on capital and operational expenditures associated with the rapid scale-out of traditional storage arrays", stated Tyler Smith, Vice President of Alliances, Fusion-io.

Bare metal implementations re-introduce operational challenges of having to deal with the expense, downtime, and underutilized CPU consequences of physical servers. Virtualizing Hadoop is the obvious answer, but such architectures have had to rely on SAN/NAS arrays that constrict HDFS performance. Nutanix offers the best of both worlds; a high performance turnkey SAN-Free server platform for virtualized Hadoop workloads. Nutanix solutions reduce complexity and speed time-to-value for sophisticated Hadoop projects. It also allows IT to benefit from all the value of centralized VM management and provisioning (VMware vCenter, VMware vCloud and Project Serengeti) while taking advantage of high performance server-side flash.

"By unifying commodity x86 servers, VMware vSphere, and a scale-out software based storage layer, Nutanix provides an optimized environment for virtualized Hadoop workloads", stated Dr. Mohit Aron, Co-Founder and CTO of Nutanix.

Balancing Hadoop, End-User Computing, and Server Virtualization Workloads onto Nutanix's general purpose virtualization platform avoids the pitfalls of having to size and tailor infrastructure gear for every application and use case, allowing IT lower costs by avoid heterogeneous hardware silos that only serve a single purpose.

Designed and fine-tuned to deliver local bus-speed storage performance with distributed redundancy, Nutanix allows customers to deploy homogeneous infrastructure for a diverse set of workloads. Hadoop specifically, designed for local storage, makes virtualizing it on centralized storage a challenge - Nutanix's Distributed File System (NDFS) resolves this dilemma by presenting high speed local server attached Flash to all vSphere hosts using intelligent data tiering and decentralized replication services to safeguard data.
Source: Nutanix

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Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...