High Performance Computing and Big Data analytics touch us every day. We each rely on daily weather forecasts, banking and financial information, scientific and health analyses, and thousands of other activities that involve HPC and Big Data analysis.
Demands by users that are running applications in the scientific, technical, financial or research areas can easily outstrip the capabilities of in-house clusters of servers. IT departments have to anticipate compute and storage needs for their most demanding users, which can lead to extra spending on both CAPEX and OPEX once the workload changes.
The ClusterStor SDA is built on Seagate’s successful ClusterStor family of high performance storage solutions for HPC and Big Data, providing unmatched file system performance, optimized productivity and the HPC industry’s highest levels of efficiency, reliability, availability and serviceability. Taking full advantage of the Lustre file system, Seagate ClusterStor is designed for massive scale-out performance and capacity, with the ability to support from hundreds to tens-of-thousands of client compute nodes delivering data intensive workload throughput from several GB/sec to over 1TB/sec.
The Seagate ClusterStor Secure Data Appliance (SDA) is the HPC industry’s first scale-out secure storage system officially ICD-503 certified to consolidate multiple previously isolated systems, maintain data security, enforce security access controls, segregate data at different security levels, and provide audit trails, all in a single scale-out file system with proven linear performance and storage scalability.
There is always different levels of importance assigned to various data files in a computer system, specifically a very large system that is storing petabytes of data. In order to maximize the use of the highest speed storage, Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) was developed to move and store data within easy use of users, yet at the appropriate speed and price.
This article series is the first to explore the Seagate ClusterStor™ Secure Data Appliance, which is designed to address government and business enterprise need for collaborative and secure information sharing within a Multilevel Security (MLS) framework at Big Data and HPC Scale. Compared to prior methods, this provides vast cost savings in reduced capital equipment and networks as well as reduced operational complexity, floor space, weight, power, and cooling while satisfying today’s requirements for performance, collaborative secure data sharing, and availability.