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IBM announced on Tuesday that it has starting shipping version 3.2 of its GPFS parallel file system. Some improvements from the release

IBM logoPolicy-driven automation, a flexible rule-based processing technique that allows matching the cost, performance or reliability of storage to the value of the data to improve overall performance. Alternately, this may also provide a cost savings to the customer by automatically and transparently moving data (without a path change) to less expensive storage when performance is not critical for that data.

Clustered network file system (NFS), a scalable, management feature that enables storage administrators to easily deploy and manage a clustered file-serving solution.

GPFS is supported on IBM’s AIX and “selected versions” of Red Hat and SUSE Linux.