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Flash + Tape – Did this odd couple just get more stylish?

Have we all just been following the latest fashion? We’ve all seen and experienced the metrics in data growth over the years, and now are in the wonderful era of making sense of it all and trying to “get the wardrobe in order”. Not only do we have structured and unstructured data, 4K and 8K […]

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Tape is Dead – Long Live Tape

IBM’s Software Defined approach, helps organisations get the most value from data with something old and something new. Flashing the cache? A colleague told me that he had a conversation with a very large customer not too long ago, wherein they said that they were considering only buying flash arrays in the future. This particular […]

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OCF and MRC eMedLab win at the UK Cloud Awards

I’m delighted to share with you that OCF and MRC eMedLab won an award this week at the UK Cloud Awards for the ‘Best Public Sector Project’ category. Creating a new HPC cloud environment for the MRC eMedLab consortium has been an exciting project for us over the past two years. MRC eMedLab is a […]

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Building a career in HPC

I recently celebrated 28 years at Durham University and wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on building a career in HPC. Supercomputing is one of those industries that never stands still – driven by a race to the top; everyone wants the most powerful computer, the most energy efficient; with the smallest […]

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Event Report: ISC 2015

After (finally) catching up from a few busy days over at the ISC supercomputing conference in Frankfurt I thought it would be worthwhile sharing an update on the conference from a system integrators point of view. Even though the venue was different to last year (this year it was in the Frankfurt Messe) the format […]

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Is the future of data centre storage really software defined?

One of the questions we’re increasingly asked from our customers at OCF is: “Should I be investing in software defined storage (SDS)?”  It’s a question that’s becoming increasingly common as the term software defined becomes more widely recognised and used. Customers are intrigued by the much-hyped benefits of SDS; the potential for improved efficiency of […]

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New Cluster for Statistical Genetics Research at the Wellcome Trust Centre

We have recently worked with The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG) at the University of Oxford to integrate a new server cluster. The new cluster is supporting the statistical genetics research of 25 groups and more than 100 researchers, enabling them to analyse the human genome at much faster speeds. With sophisticated analytical techniques, […]

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GPFS, Elastic Storage, Spectrum Scale – What’s in a name?

I won’t lie; I was initially skeptical about IBM’s plans for its storage range, announced last week. A big money investment and, essentially, I felt, a re-branding exercise of specific products to give them the Spectrum name. Of most relevance to you on the naming front, IBM Elastic Storage (formally GPFS) has become Spectrum Scale; […]

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