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Panasas: Avoid lengthy RAID re-builds - use our dodgy-file tart-up tech

Storage biz Panasas has unveiled boosted hardware and software – and attacked the RAID rebuild problem by rebuilding damaged files instead of complete disks. The company is an HPC storage system supplier which is moving into technical computing/big data use cases in enterprises. It has more than 450 customers in 50+ countries …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2014

Panasas: We'll move the earth for you SIXTEEN times faster than FTP

HPC storage supplier Panasas says its DataRunner transfer software can move files between systems and sites up to 16 times faster than standard network transfer protocols, such as FTP and rsync. Panasas' CMO Barbara Murphy said in a canned quote: “DataRunner assures high-speed, secure data movement while maintaining up to 100 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013
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Panasas on server flash cache: 'What problem are you solving?'

Storage array feeding of server flash caches is not needed for high-performance computing because network latency is negligible - according to parallel storage biz Panasas. Geoffrey Noer, Panasas's senior product marketing director, tells the Reg: "We are not under pressure from our customers to deliver more performance. In …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012
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Panasas kingpin: What's the solid state state of play?

What can NAND flash do now for high-performance computing (HPC) storage and how will it evolve? Garth Gibson, the co-founder and chief technology officer for Panasas, the (HPC) storage provider, has definite views on it. Here's a snapshot of them. El Reg: How can solid state technology benefit HPC in general? Garth Gibson: The …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2012
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HPC storage vendor Panasas hot swaps CEOs

HPC storage supplier Panasas has installed a new CEO, Faye Pairman. Just days after announcing its entry into the HPC archive product space with PAS HC, CEO Randy Strahan is being replaced by Pairman. "[Paiman] will be instrumental in taking Panasas to the next level," that prime corporate speak cliche, according to Panasas …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2010
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Panasas claims PAS 12 is fastest parallel storage system ever

Panasas is claiming that its PAS 12 kit announced today is the fastest parallel storage system you can get. The privately-owned company sells parallel access file storage arrays into high-performance computing (HPC)-like markets in the energy, government, academic, finance, pharmaceutical, aeronautic and other markets to do such …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2010
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We present to you: 840 fine, upstanding young disks stuffed into a rack cabinet – DDN

For maximum big data density, you basically need a rack full of disk drives and little else, and DataDirect has moved in that direction by stuffing up to 840 disks into a standard rack cabinet. The idea is that HPC and big data environments need as much capacity in a storage rack as they can get. DDN reckons it offers up to 40 …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2014
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Panasas adds high-capacity archive box

High-performance computing scale-out NAS supplier Panasas is launching its PAS HC product, a high-capacity archive store. Panasas supplies PAS 7, 8 and 9 systems for high-performance computing (HPC) and performance-dependent technical applications needing fast access to millions of files. It uses its PanFS filesystem to provide …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2010
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Seagate's bought a disk drive array firm. Déjà vu? You betcha

Seagate has tried making a go of the disk drive array business before, and failed. Now it has bought a disk array supplier for the second time. What's different, and could X-IO's technology have a role to play? In 2000 X-IO, then a five-year old startup known as Xiotech and offering virtualising SAN storage arrays, was bought by …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
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Panasas teams with Penguin on clustergasm

Clustered storage system vendor, Panasas, is teaming up the Linux cluster house, Penguin Computing, to — well, obviously combine some of the former's goodies with the latter's. The pact will marry Panasas' ActiveStor parallel storage system with Penguin's Scyld ClusterWare management software and servers. The union's spawn is …
Austin Modine, 08 Jul 2008
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Seagate's LSI flash biz buyout: Good potential, but only if followed up

Will Seagate's buyout of LSI's old flash card business, which it snapped up from Avago and Xyratex, flourish or wither away inside the Californian conglomerate? Upfront, these are smart buys by Seagate, extending its target markets. Xyratex ClusterStor arrays can use its 6TB drives and their follow-on products, and the HDD …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
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Panasas counts in revamped product range

Parallel clustered file storage supplier Panasas has lowered its entry-level and increased its high-end performance, adding solid state disk and automatic data tiering. Panasas, founded in 2003, started out as a high-performance computing (HPC) supplier. In 2006 it had two parallel file access products, the 3000 and 4000. These …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2009
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Take a chance on EMC: Bursts of aBBa spin up cloudy HPC goodness

EMC has developed a burst buffer technology that transforms its VNX mid-range enterprise storage into an HPC-class storage resource, with the aBBa cache providing the raw speed and the VNX the capacity. High-performance computing (HPC) has such enormous computing grunt that enterprise arrays, like VNX, can't keep up with either …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2014
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Rare HPC beauties unveiled: Quivering racks, Lustre clusters and the tiers of a Cray

The International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany, was full of fascinating things at the high-end grunt front of the computing business. Here's what attracted this roving hack's eye. Bull has started a world-wide reseller agreement with Seagate’s Xyratex ClusterStor business for supercomputer storage. The ClusterStor …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014
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Panasas decides to redefine RAID

It's too much to demand that any vendor try and make RAID storage exciting. Our hats, however, go off to Panasas for trying. The company this week started hyping its Tiered Parity Architecture (TPA) – technology that serves as an extension to RAID. Panasas CTO Garth Gibson, one of the inventors of RAID back at Berkeley, is once …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Oct 2007
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Panasas begins second storage assault on Linux clusters

Storage start-up Panasas has polished off the first major product revamp in company history with a bang. It secured a mega-win to provide Los Alamos National Laboratory with mounds and mounds of clustered storage. Earlier this month, Panasas released a pair of new hardware systems that make use of its flagship parallel file …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Nov 2006
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I'm the world's fastest! No, I am! And I'm staggering, too!

ISC 2012 Xyratex has formally launched its ClusterStor high-performance computing drive arrays, saying it's the fastest data storage array for high-performance computing in the industry. At the other end of the scale HP has revved its X5000 NAS filer upping capacity and adding iSCSI SAN access. Xyratex' ClusterStor 6000 is a pre …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2012
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Erwan Menard joins fellow HP vets at DataDirect

HPC and big data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN) is gearing up for expansion, growing its operations and adding information extraction software onto its data storage platform roots. The company, the largest privately owned storage company, according to IDC, with a $200m annual revenue run rate, has just recruited …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011

Whamcloud flogs wild Lustre pig into obedience with data whip

Whamcloud is adding enterprise-type data management features to the open-source Lustre parallel file system. Whamcloud is a Lustre development company counting some Lustre inventors in its ranks. Lustre is a parallel file system enabling hundreds and thousands of supercomputer compute nodes to access file data at the same time, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012

Kissane to mould NetApp: Time to turn off the tap on ONTAP

NetApp has sharpened its focus on corporate strategy by moving incumbent product strategist Jay Kidd to a chief technology officer role and recruiting Jonathan Kissane from CA to a new chief strategy officer role. Kidd, previously SVP for product strategy and development at the storage firm, and an ex-CTO at Brocade, now reports …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2012

SGI storage gets a head transplant

SGI has stuck a Nexenta NAS head on the modular version of its InfiniteStorage product line and extended the halfway house of a departmental filer it pushed out in January. Back then SGI released its MIS server and JBOD in a phase one NAS launch, saying thin provisioning, snapshots and replication were coming, along with more …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2012
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Xyratex offers Lustre clusters

OEM disk subsystem supplier Xyratex, facing lost sales due to NetApp buying Engenio, is to supply complete, factory-configured Lustre cluster systems to its OEM channel for HPC customers. As well as supplying disk array subsystems to OEM partners, Xyratex supplies hard disk drive manufacturing test and analysis equipment to a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2011

BlueArc boosting itself

Privately-owned super-NAS vendor BlueArc is letting it be known that it is on a roll. Of course it's only putting out the good news but, still, that's impressive: record third quarter revenues with the mid-range Mercury product selling well, 100 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth and a 20 per cent headcount increase. The company …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2010

Psst! Don't tell anyone, but HP is silently improving its IBRIX filer

HP has quietly released a three-times faster IBRIX filer, the X9730, replacing the previous model. HP bought IBRIX and its parallelised scale-out file server technology for an unrevealed price in July 2009. The technology appeared in HP's X9000 line of products. These compete with EMC's Isilon scale-out filers, and also with …
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2012
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Shrewd El Reg plotter shows storage bods in revealing numbers

"Spaghetti" storage vendor groups are what you see when you lay bare these firms' quarterly revenue histories in a revealing graph. They fall neatly into four groups: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. Which group are your suppliers in? Let's kick of this chart-fest with an overall look: All storage vendors Click on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012

Xyratex bleeds money, flogs HPC and Big Data arrays to survive

DataDirect Networks and Panasas, watch out: disk enclosure and test equipment supplier Xyratex has swung into a loss due to reduced demand from NetApp for Xyratex enclosures and the contraction of the HDD industry to just three manufacturers. Xyratex is climbing out of this revenue fall by selling HPC and Big Data arrays to OEMs …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2013

Big guns turn sights on cancer-causing genes

In the heart of London, researchers are splitting apart the building blocks of life and working towards a cure for cancer. The Biomedical Research Centre, run by King’s College Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, has a genomic sequencing unit that genotypes tissue from patients with cancer and other diseases …
Danny Bradbury, 17 Nov 2011
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Isilon on its separate scale-out reality

Isilon has said it has a NetApp differentiation problem with Sunnyvale's version of scale-out filing conflicting with its own. Meanwhile it is looking appreciatively at deduplication, server flash and running apps on its S-Series. El Reg was briefed by EMC Isilon's marketing VP Sam Grocott. He said Isilon "recorded around 60 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
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FalconStor pushes HyperFS out the door

FalconStor has announced its scale-out HyperFS file system, initially for the media and entertainment industries. It's a software product sold by FalconStor's channel and can use any storage hardware underneath it. The idea is that channel people can build their own systems for their customers, using their own media/ …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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HPC SAN whiz moves into files

Big file data has attracted another supplier: Data Direct Networks (DDN), which has added a network-attached storage (NAS) product alongside its high-performance computing SAN storage arrays. DDN supplies more storage for the high-performance computing (HPC) market than any other supplier. That market needs highly-scalable and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2011
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EMC winds up new file-mover

EMC has announced a Cloud Tiering Appliance to move files from select arrays to VNX and Isilon, and from VNX to Atmos and Data Domain. It is, in effect, Rainfinity reinvented and will develop into a generalised data mover. The Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) aids migration and it can do policy-driven file movement from NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2011
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NetApp's STEALTH launch of ONTAP 8.1

If you were expecting NetApp to launch Data ONTAP 8.1 with a splash, forget it. The software is shipping already; no fuss, no muss, no splash, no bash, no nothing. John Rollason, NetApp's senior manager in the company's EMEA organisation, told The Reg ONTAP 8.1 had been shipping since 22 September. He said it features enhanced …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2011
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Filer maker BlueArc refiles for IPO

Filer maker BlueArc has refiled for an IPO and wants to raise a hundred million bucks. It first filed for an IPO in 2007, looking for just over $100m, but the recession struck and market conditions stopped it. BlueArc was founded in 1998, and is on the cusp of becoming somewhat long in the tooth for a start-up. It sells …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2011
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EMC buys Isilon for $2.25bn

Since this report was filed, EMC announced that it was buying Isilon for $2.25bn. The New York Post is reporting that EMC has agreed to buy Isilon after weekend talks moved the parties past a price-difference roadblock. It had been reported that Isilon's self valuation was too high for EMC, and CEO Joe Tucci said he would walk …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010

Cray nabs $45m nuke lab petaflops super deal

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has inked a $45m contract with supercomputer maker Cray to supply the nuke researchers with one of the first Baker series of Opteron-based supers that will ship later this year - and to provide some company for the petaflopping RoadRunner Opteron-Cell massively parallel super, custom-built by …
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IBM builds biggest-ever disk for secret customer

Flash may be one cutting edge of storage action, but big data is causing developments at the other side of the storage pond, with IBM developing a 120 petabyte 200,000-disk array. The mighty drive is being developed for a secret supercomputer-using customer "for detailed simulations of real-world phenomena" according to MIT's …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2011
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Hitachi GST flash drives already in sample stage

A Reg reader pointed us to a Hitachi GST Solid State Drive (SSD) FAQ, which cast more light on the company's SSD intentions and schedule, which is more advanced than we thought. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) are documents created by suppliers to answer, you guessed it, frequently asked questions about their products and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2010
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ParaScale brings direct access to the cloud

Cloud storage software provider ParaScale supports applications running directly on storage nodes - not accessing their data across the cloud. Isn't this contradictory? The idea is that a scale-out cloud file storage architecture is great for storing data, but not good if the applications that need the data are remote, which …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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Isilon scale-out filers get processor boost

EMC's Isilon unit has revved up its product range by adding two systems that use Intel Westmere and Nehalem processors, with more than twice as much file throughput for its top-end S200 system. Big data here we come... Isilon sells scale-out clustered filers, with an S-Series, which is optimised for sheer high-end grunt, a mid- …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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EMC in Isilon 'takeover talks'

EMC is in exclusive talks to buy Isilon, according to the New York Post. The NY Post is not the usual place to go for financial scoops, but the report sounds sensible. Such a purchase would fill a hole in EMC's product line-up, the EMC that sponsors the annual IDC reports about the gazillions of bytes of information being added …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2010
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Isilon clusters having swell time

Amazing what software can do. In May, Isilon's maximum capacity was 3.5 petabytes per cluster. Now, with new software, it can grow to over 5PB. Isilon sells scale-out NAS clusters with each IQ node running the OneFS operating system and acting as a peer in the cluster. Version 5.5 OneFS raises cluster capacity from 96 to 144 …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2009
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SGI trumpets one-stop HPC training shop

SGI has opened a one-stop high-performance computing (HPC) training shop described as "the industry’s first complete, vendor-agnostic training portal" but it misses out many important HPC suppliers. The portal, www.hpctraining.com offers eLearning training courses, virtual classroom environments and customised on-site classes. A …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2010

Scality opens Ring for close scrutiny

It seems to be a world first: public and independent assessment of object storage performance compared to hard disk drive (HDD) block-based SAN arrays. The object storage supplier is Scality and the assessor is tech analyst ESG, which finds that Scality's Ring has performance comparable to, if not better than, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2012
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Intel to double SSD capacity

Intel is expected to bring forward the projected doubling of its SSD capacities to as early as next month. The current X18-M and X25-M solid-state drives (SSDs) use a 50nm process and have 80GB and 160GB capacities with 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) technology. A single level cell (SLC) X25-E has faster I/O rates and comes in …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2009
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HP hoovers up IBRIX

HP is buying IBRIX and its parallelised, scale-out file-serving software for an undisclosed amount. Privately-held IBRIX is a competitor in the clustered NAS space alongside Exanet, Isilon, NetApp, with ONTAP GX, and Panasas. It was founded in 2000 by ex-Yale University maths professor Steven Orszag. The idea was to speed I/O …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2009
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Isilon bellyflops into Smart Pools

Scale-out file storage supplier Isilon is clustering its clustered systems into Smart Pools with automatic data movement between them to provide better balanced storage resources across storage tiers for its customers' applications. Isilon supplies scale-out clusters for file storage: the S-Series for IOPS-focussed applications …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2010
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BlueArc gets extra greenbacks

BlueArc, the hardware-accelerated NAS array supplier startup, has pocketed another $20m in a seventh funding round, taking total funding to around $225m. The company was started up in 1998 and, 12 years later, still isn't able to stand on its own feet and make profits. Its use of FPGA hardware to accelerate NAS (network-attached …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2010
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Acer embiggens server and storage range

Acer has shown off its SMB and HPC entry tickets at a Milan show today. The company has been perceived as a PC and mobile-centric vendor because its offerings haven't included beefy servers or storage suited to mainstream small and medium business (SMB) or, in any way at all, the high-performance computing (HPC) market. It does …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2009
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Has Symantec sprinkled Veritas developers with pink slips?

The fate of hundreds of Veritas developers hung in the balance this week as parent Symantec was rumoured to have killed off its S4 object storage development effort. Last week ESG's Steve Duplessie blogged that up to 600 Veritas developers and engineers of Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM), file system (VxFS) and Cluster Server (VCS …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2010
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Pittsburgh boffinryplex fires up Altix UV 1000 combo-box

As El Reg told you back in June when the first "UltraViolet" Altix UV 1000 shared memory supercomputers began shipping out of Silicon Graphics' factories, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be one of the first customers to get one of these boxes. As it happens they are getting two, joined up into a single machine. The PSC …