"The importance of flexible, efficient and simple infrastructure becomes increasingly critical for enterprises as data becomes essential to organisational success", stated Jean-Luc Chatelain, Executive VP of Strategy & Technology, DDN. "With the new enhancements to our GRIDScaler and EXAScaler family of products, DDN has evolved parallel file storage from being an application point-solution to an enterprise class, easy to manage Big Data appliance for the capture, storage, processing and global distribution of massive data.
Based on DDN's award-winning Storage Fusion Architecture, DDN's parallel file storage appliances are engineered with leading parallel file system technology, including IBM's GPFS file system (GRIDScaler) and the Lustre open source file system (EXAScaler). DDN's new GRIDScaler and EXAScaler offerings include both hardware and software enhancements designed to more tightly integrate with data-intensive applications and data work flows while also optimizing storage acquisition and management costs at multiple levels of scale.
"DDN has long been a partner of choice for organisations that need to scale far beyond conventional file system limits", stated Mark Peters, a senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the unique, innovative and targeted engineering it has invested into its parallel file storage appliance portfolio, DDN continues to reaffirm its position at the vanguard of the scalable systems marketplace, and therefore as one of the storage leaders of the contemporary Big Data era."
"DDN has been an important strategic partner to Indiana University", stated Stephen Simms, Manager of the Indiana University High Performance File Systems group and Data Capacitor Project. "They provide deep expertise in both storage infrastructure and HPC parallel file systems. DDN has put significant effort into creating products are simple to install, manage and scale in order to help reduce the numerous headaches that are associated with HPC storage. We are interested in the new enhancements developed by DDN and the impact they will have in the academic community. Increased performance, better monitoring, and ease of collaboration are all things that we look for in a storage solution."
These enhancements include:
Cloud Tiering is available immediately for GRIDScaler and in 1H 2013 for ECAScaler.
These new capabilities from DDN are ideal for a broad spectrum of organisational scale - configurable for mid-range departmental applications while featuring scalability to support the world's most scalable applications - with performance over 1 terabyte/second. Optimized applications for DDN's new GRIDScaler and EXAScaler platforms include all organisations looking to power Big Data work flows with simple, scale-out parallel file storage appliances, including big data analytics, bioinformatics, energy exploration, government and academic research, web-scale computing, animation, financial modelling, manufacturing design and government intelligence.