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intense write workload, and access to it is the precursor to any other access. Understanding access patterns is key, and applying modest volumes of very low latency flash to metadata may have far reaching benefits.

Available through Dell and NetApp, Terascala high-performance storage appliances provide on-demand throughput at multiple gigabytes per second for long- term data protection. Terascala also offers the Intelligent

Storage Bridge (ISB), a high-performance data movement solution designed to transfer large data sets quickly and automatically between fast scratch and enterprise storage. Te ISB is the first workflow manager purpose-built for application users working in HPC environments using the Lustre parallel

providing advanced simulation and analysis to support innovative discoveries and continued advancements. T-Series tape libraries are compatible with both LTO and TS1140 technology tape drives and media. Spectra Logic continues to develop its

product range to offer higher capacity storage options that also offer a low footprint and operational cost while giving greater accessibility and speed. In October 2013, it introduced a new Deep Storage Appliance called BlackPearl. Tis features a Hadoop client allowing

multiple copies of the data to be stored on tape libraries. Enterprise data centres and those found in the science world with Hadoop clusters now have an ideal way of analysing and accessing data with Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl storage appliance at just pennies per gigabyte. Four Spectra Logic customers in Europe

using Hadoop include: CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland; the University of Edinburgh, and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK; and the Steinbuch Centre for Computing, Karlsruhe, Germany.


file system. Because HPC is moving into the enterprise, demand is growing for HPC storage appliances that are easily deployed and managed and are highly available and reliable. Terascala believes that to realise HPC’s true potential in the enterprise, the way in which large data sets are processed, stored, distributed, preserved and made available for re-use needs to be addressed. Terascala’s HPC products offer an efficient and holistic approach that values application and workflow productivity of individual components.

While demand has grown in all sectors for faster storage with a much larger capacity, most providers focus on enterprise- level storage which has very different requirements from the science and engineering sector. Flash memory, which is the technology Violin Memory develops, could very well be the answer. With no moving parts, it is more reliable

than traditional hard disk drives and improves I/O performance and efficiency for many applications. Violin Memory arrays offer more than a million IOPS. Latencies in the microseconds eliminate storage bottlenecks. Real-time access to data means analysis

can be carried out at the speed of memory. Te arrays can store huge volumes of data, with up to 64TB as standard in its 6000 Series. Flash is perfect for the large amount

of metadata attached to huge data sets. Metadata is hit every time someone tries to locate, update or index datasets, making it a critical factor in storage performance. Using Flash here makes absolute sense. Tis data needs low latency, random access, occasional

big data and high-performance computing communities. Te ClusterStor family of high-performance scale-out storage solutions delivers unmatched availability, ease of use, price-performance and overall total cost of ownership. ClusterStor’s soſtware architecture

tightly integrates the Lustre file system with Xyratex’s proven enterprise-quality storage. For applications where users need storage that scales both in capacity and performance, Xyratex supports high performance data processing of relatively small data quantities to some of the largest supercomputers in the world.

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Xyratex is a leading provider of data storage technology, including modular solutions for the enterprise storage industry and hard disk drive capital equipment for the HDD industry. As the largest capital equipment supplier to the HDD industry, Xyratex enables disk drive manufacturers and their component suppliers to meet today’s technology and productivity requirements. Xyratex enterprise storage platforms provide a range of advanced, scalable data storage solutions for the original equipment manufacturer, cloud,

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