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Taneja Blog / Systems and Technology / Big Data

Agile Big Data Clusters: DriveScale Enables Bare Metal Cloud

We’ve been writing recently about the hot, potentially inevitable, trend, towards a dense IT infrastructure in which components like CPU cores and disks are not only commoditized, but deployed in massive stacks or pools (with fast matrixing switches between them). Then a layered provisioning solution can dynamically compose any desired “physical” server or cluster out of those components. Conceptually this becomes the foundation for a bare-metal cloud. DriveScale today announces their agile architecture with this approach, aimed first at solving big data multi-cluster operational challenges.

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  • Premiered: 05/19/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): DriveScale Big Data Composable Cloud
Taneja Blog / Cloud / Data Protection / Systems and Technology

Data in Space: SANs Now Include Satellite Array Networks

All you storage geeks and science fiction fans rejoice! If Cloud Constellation gets its way, you’ll soon be able to directly hybridize your dreary earthbound data center storage with actually above-the-clouds storage. Yep, protect your sensitive data by replicating it to true satellite storage. Only James Bond with a spare Shuttle would be able to hack those things. Just how far fetched is this idea? ... Actually not that far fetched. As audacious as the plan is for an individual startup, the actual tech involved is not that hard to fathom - laser uplinks/crosslinks and satellites full of solid state….

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  • Premiered: 05/17/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): SpaceBelt Cloud Constellation Data protection satellites
Taneja Blog / Systems and Technology / Big Data

Scaling All Flash to New Heights - DDN Flashscale All Flash Array Brings HPC to the Data Center

It’s time to start thinking about massive amounts of flash in the enterprise data center. I mean PBs of flash for the biggest, baddest, fastest data-driven applications out there. This amount of flash requires an HPC-capable storage solution brought down and packaged for enterprise IT management. Which is where Data Domain Networks (aka DDN) is stepping up. Perhaps too quietly, they have been hard at work pivoting their high-end HPC portfolio into the enterprise space. Today they are rolling out a massively scalable new flash-centric Flashscale 14KXi storage array that will help them offer complete, comprehensive single-vendor big data workflow solutions - from the fastest scratch through the biggest throughput parallel file systems into the largest distributed object storage archives.

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  • Premiered: 05/17/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): DDN HPC Big Data SSD Flash SAN Lustre GPFS
Taneja Blog / Systems and Technology / Big Data

Hyperconverged Supercomputers For the Enterprise Data Center

Last month NVIDIA, our favorite GPU vendor, dived into the converged appliance space. In fact we might call their new NVIDIA DGX-1 a hyperconverged supercomputer in a 4U box. Designed to support the application of GPU’s to Deep Learning (i.e. compute intensive deeply layered neural networks that need to train and run in operational timeframes over big data), this beast has 8 new Tesla P100 GPUs inside on an embedded NVLink mesh, pre-integrated with flash SSDs, decent memory, and an optimized container-hosting deep learning software stack. The best part? The price is surprisingly affordable, and can replace the 250+ server cluster you might otherwise need for effective Deep Learning.

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  • Premiered: 05/12/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): NVIDIA hyperconvergence Big Data HPC
Taneja Blog / Systems and Technology

Arun’s takeaways from EMC World 2016

Chad Sakacs said EMC will be #1 market share leader in HyperConvergence space by the end of 2016. Nutanix is, of course, the main target. VxRack 1000 announced to cover VMware, OpenStack and Cloud Native segments, using Flex, SDDC and Neutrino Nodes. I saw no signs of worry that these products will negatively affect existing SAN and NAS products. EMC doesn’t seem to care what product sells, as long as it is an EMC product; the customer is free to choose what fits the task. This attitude will serve it well in the infrastructure transition happening right now.

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Taneja Blog / Systems and Technology

IBM Launches Storage Solutions Optimized for Hybrid Cloud and Big Data Analytics

New all-flash storage offerings make IBM more competitive in fast-growing cloud and big data markets

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  • Premiered: 04/27/16
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): Storage Flash IBM SanDisk
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