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Storage wars: file systems vs object storage

For HPC temporary scratch storage there are a few prominent technologies (Spectrum Scale previously known as GPFS, Lustre and increasingly BeeGFS) and all offer very good performance in a scratch storage environment. However, for me, Spectrum Scale is still the hands down winner. Its data management features, which actually stretch to support more than just […]

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$2.1m investment might take Lustre mainstream

The announcement last week that Whamcloud (the start-up created to continue development of Lustre) has secured funds from OpenSFS to enhance Lustre’s features and functions, is a step in the right direction. The investment certainly demonstrates that Lustre is a supported environment; it shows clear direction and should give open source customers more confidence that […]

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Utah’s Center for HPC, IBM DDN lose on support package

HPC Wire published a detailed article last week, which reviews the bidding process of the University of Utah’s Center for HPC in its pursuit of a new storage solution. There were a few points that interested me:  Firstly, the early ‘dropping’ of Isilon’s NAS solution from the bidding process is no surprise. We occasionally compete […]

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