This the fifth article in a series from the editors of insideHPC on HPC storage. This week we different approaches to data storage. A different approach to data protection is clearly required if the limitations of hardware-based RAID are to be overcome.
System availability has become an increasing concern as high capacity drives have come to market in recent years. While availability has not traditionally been a chief concern in HPC, it has now become of paramount importance. Large capacity drives expose systems to multiple-day rebuild times and extended periods of vulnerability to data loss using traditional hardware based RAID.
From Wall Street to the Great Wall, enterprises and institutions of all sizes are faced with the benefits – and challenges – promised by ‘Big Data’. But before users can take advantage of the near limitless potential locked within their data, they must have affordable, scalable and powerful software tools to manage the data.
This report, part of our Site Census research, provides an examination of the storage characteristics and capacities found in a sample of HPC user sites.