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HPC botherer DDN breaks file system benchmark record

Enterprise HPC storage vendor DDN has run the SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark 25 per cent faster than an E8 NVMe storage system using Intel Optane 3D XPoint drives. NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 had previously smashed the benchmark in January this year. DDN used its SFA 14KX array, fitted with 72 x MLC (2bits/cell) SSDs, 400GB …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2018

DDN steps out of HPC niche and into enterprise AI systems hurly-burly

HPC supplier DDN has joined the small but growing crowd of firms swimming out into the enterprise AI mainstream, twinning its storage with Nvidia's DGX-1 GPU server. DDN has made several recent moves to expand its enterprise storage credentials, buying Tintri to sell enterprise arrays and now entering the AI systems arena with …
Chris Mellor, 4 Oct 2018
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Dust yourself off and Tin-try again: DDN buys Tintri biz remains for $60m

DDN is forking out more than $60m for Tintri's business and will begin supporting the trembling, sweaty owners of the bankrupted firm's arrays this week, it confirmed today. The plan is to hire 100 new bodies before year end to populate global engineering, support, field technical, sales and marketing teams at "Tintri by DDN …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2018
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DDN day approaches for Tintri: Storage-flinger finalising rescue buy

In potentially sphincter easing news for Tintri customers facing abandonment after the company's collapse, DDN is finalising its acquisition of the failed business. The purchase should be completed in the next few days. DDN said it would bring support and product continuity to Tintri’s 1,600-strong customer base, and enlarge …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018
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It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming: Storage's coming home

Quite a few things happened in the land of storage this past week. When it came to hardware, there were a raft of substitutions in the second half, and we also saw the appearance of a new benchmark that hopes to punt real-world workloads past the goalie. There was also, of course, an attempt to win back precious possession of, …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2018
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Tintri rescued by DDN just hours after filing for Chapter 11

Exclusive DataDirect Networks (DDN) has come to the rescue of Tintri just hours after the array maker filed for bankruptcy in the US under Chapter 11. Tintri had lodged the relevant paperwork in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court today, and the papers were just made available to the public. But as the ink was still drying, DDN confirmed it …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2018

An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

HPE has sold an SGI 8600 supercomputer system to a Swiss research institute for the Blue Brain Project’s modeling of a mouse brain’s thalamus and neocortex. Blue Brain is a Swiss brain research initiative of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) which aims to simulate the mammalian brain. It involves around 100 …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2018

Artificial intelligence? yawns DDN. That's just the new HPC, isn't it?

DDN is upping array capacities and access speeds with one eye on its traditional HPC customer base and the other on businesses that are testing or deploying deep learning architectures. AI, or perhaps more accurately Machine Learning, could be a gift that keeps on giving for storage and systems players as customers try to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2018
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Lazy parent Intel dumps Lustre assets on HPC storage bods DDN

HPC storage supplier DDN has bought Intel's Lustre file system business, including its dev teams and support contracts. Intel bought its way into the parallel file system world by gobbling Lustre developer and supporter Whamcloud in 2012. This was positioned as an aspect of Intel's ambitions to be a bigger player in super- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2018
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Primary Data says stop, Hammerspace, Innodisk cooks some SSDs, and Fujitsu goes blockchain

As ever, it has been a heavy storage week. Here's our curated collection of goodies, goings-on and glitches. Barracuda This now data security-focused and private equity-owned company has pushed out its Web Application Firewall as a service – WAFaaS. WAFaaS  is built on Barracuda's web application security technology, and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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Storage startup WekaIO punts latency-slashing parallel file system tech

Analysis Storage startup WekaIO has joined a growing crowd of techies making large performance gains and latency lowering file system tech moves. It has claimed to have developed the highest-performance, lowest-latency file system ever created – which is quite a bold statement – but since this technology area is developing so rapidly, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017

Teen Pennsylvania HPC storage pusher Panasas: Small files, fat nodes, sharp blades

Analysis HPC storage array maker Panasas has been talking about the new architecture for its scale out, parallel filesystem array, involving separate and scale-out director nodes talking to scale-out storage nodes. The company, born in Pennsylvania, is far from the hustling, VC-fuelled growth frenzy that is Silicon Valley – although it …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017

Starting small with burst buffers? DDN says it's got an 'entry-level' one

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has added a smaller burst buffer product, decreased RAID rebuild times and introduced a cross-product monitoring and management facility to its HPS/supercomputing storage product set. The entry-level IME140 burst buffer is a 1U appliance delivering more than 11GB/s write and 20GB/s read throughputs …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017

SciNet supercomputer's GPFS trick: We node what you did, burst buffer

A Canadian supercomputer centre using a fast access parallel file system has stuffed an Excelero burst buffer between this storage and the compute nodes. Why, you ask? We'll explain. The SciNet supercomputer centre at the University of Toronto provides resources for thousands of researchers in biomedical, aerospace, climate …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
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HPE gets carried array with HPC: Partners up with DDN

+Comment HPE and DataDirect Networks are partnering to integrate DDN storage and burst buffer products with HPE's Apollo servers and its DMF workflow manager. The result should be an integrated HPC server-storage product set that should benefit both suppliers. The DDN products involved are its IME flash cache/NVMe drive burst buffer, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017

DDN offers help to 'stranded' Seagate ClusterStor customers

DDN says it will provide support to stranded ClusterStor customers following Seagate’s product line shutdown - only they are not stranded. Seagate announced it was closing its ClusterStor product line last week, with Cray buying the HPC array product business and taking on the support obligations. DDN co-founder and CEO Alex …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2017

DDN burst buffer to bimble along more briskly after boost

HPC storage system supplier DDN has enhanced the performance and protection on four of its products – storage array software SFAOS, flash cache burst buffer IME, EXAScaler Lustre and the WOS object storage system. The IME, using NVMe technology, now burst buffers faster and better with: Protection against compute node …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017
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The hold is filled with storage news! Grab a bucket and BAIL

Behind every great enterprise and technology news website lies storage, humming away in the background heeded by no one. But the industry never stands still and every week El Reg is inundated with news – some significant, some less so. However, we're not solely a storage 'zine and we need somewhere to stack the shorter bits that …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017

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