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Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions

30 Oct 2013 Armonk - As the rapid expansion of the digital universe continues unabated, demand for faster, easier access to that information via the Cloud mounts. To provide both to its growing client base across Europe, managed services provider, Cegeka, turned to IBM storage virtualization and Flash technologies.

"We are growing very fast and part of that is due to the fact that we are continuously looking for innovative solutions to fulfil the needs of our customers", stated Luc Greefs, Director of Shared Technology and Infrastructure Delivery at the company. Cegeka provides private Cloud solutions, such as Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service, telephony services, and more, throughout Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

At the heart of its latest infrastructure innovation is the IBM FlashSystem 820 storage system. The all-Flash appliance, which is 20-times faster than traditional, refrigerator-sized hard drive systems, can store up to 24 terabytes of data in a unit the size of a pizza box.

Cegeka initially deployed the systems to speed the performance of SAP applications for a specific client. Though the solution improved the performance of the SAP jobs by a factor of 10 and increased end-user response times by 3 times, the IBM FlashSystem provided even greater benefits to Cegeka, according to Luc Greefs.

"We pay a lot of attention to, and we are very concerned about, floor and rack space usage, as well as power and cooling consumption in our data centres because they have an enormous impact on the operational cost of the data centre - and consequently, on the services that we offer in those data centres", stated Luc Greefs. With the IBM FlashSystem 820, power consumption is 10-20 times lower, he said.

Flash is a re-writable memory technology that can speed application performance and response times in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds - orders of magnitude faster. Because it contains no moving parts, Flash is more reliable and energy efficient than spinning hard drives.

Also beneficial to Cegeka was the ease with which it was able to integrate the Flash systems. Because the company's storage infrastructure is built on IBM XIV high-end disk systems and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) virtualization software, adding the Flash systems was easy, said Koen Goossens, Data Management Architect at Cegeka.

"We just plugged the IBM FlashSystem into the SAN and started managing it with SVC", Koen Goosens stated. "This combination brings a lot of data management functionalities, like data migration, thin provisioning, cloning, and real-time compression."

For Cegeka, which is also an IBM Premiere Business Partner, the virtualized storage infrastructure, complete with Flash, enables their clients to get up and running on the Cloud faster, and have faster access to their applications once there, Luc Greefs said.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...