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DDN Introduces Enterprise-Class Parallel File System Appliance

ddnToday DDN expanded its family of high-end Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) Embedded platforms to include a much smaller building block for scale-out environments. Designed to bridge the gap between traditional Enterprise storage and parallel file system solutions, the new GS7K Parallel File System Appliance delivers feature-rich turnkey appliance simplicity with massively scalable and high-performance storage with CIFS/NFS and cloud extensions.

High performance computing is critical in commercial markets, spanning a wide range of applications across multiple industries, and this trend is only growing. The GS7K from DDN will help bring the latest high-performance storage technologies to more of these markets, connecting companies to their next innovations faster while satisfying their enterprise standards.”

The GS7K is a perfect fit for customers who seek high performance but need a lower price entry point. It also works well for customers who prefer to scale out their storage environments using smaller building block increments.

According to DDN, this third generation of embedded PFS appliances and the new GS7K makes the transition easy to plan, size and deploy. The GS7K starts small as a single 4U chassis with DDN’s full featured, real time SFA storage operating system, embedded GPFS parallel file system and up to 60 drives. If that’s not enough, up to four 84-drive expansion chassis may be added for a total of 396 disks. Customers can mix SSD and SAS drive types with the ability to tier data between the media, ensuring maximum performance for the most demanding data challenges. Performance scales linearly as you add more GS7K systems while the Enterprise features that you depend on like snapshots, replication, and quotas are included the solution.

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