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Mellanox BlueField Accelerates NVMe over Fabrics

Today Mellanox announced the availability of storage reference platforms based on its revolutionary BlueField System-on-Chip (SoC), combining a programmable multicore CPU, networking, storage, security, and virtualization acceleration engines into a single, highly integrated device. “BlueField is the most highly integrated NVMe over Fabrics solution,” said Michael Kagan, CTO of Mellanox. “By tightly integrating high-speed networking, programmable ARM cores, PCIe switching, cache, memory management, and smart offload technology all in one chip; the result is improved performance, power consumption, and affordability for flash storage arrays. BlueField is a key part of our Ethernet Storage Fabric solution, which is the most efficient way to network and share high-performance storage.”

One Stop Systems Rolls Out 4U Value Expansion System

“The Value Expansion System is ideal for customers on a tight budget who need high-density PCIe expansion. Customers can utilize the 4UV for GPUs, flash or a combination of both, providing performance gains in many applications like deep learning, oil and gas exploration, financial calculations, and video rendering.”

Intel’s New “Ruler” SSD Form Factor – Up to 1 Petabyte in 1U

Today Intel announced its latest memory technologies to advance datacenter storage. “These new “ruler” form factor SSDs and dual port SSDs are the latest in a long line of innovations we’ve brought to market to make storing and accessing data easier and faster, while delivering more value to customers,” said Bill Leszinske, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), and director, strategic planning, marketing and business development. “Data drives everything we do – from financial decisions to virtual reality gaming, and from autonomous driving to machine learning – and Intel storage innovations like these ensure incredibly quick, reliable access to that data.”

HPC Analyst Crossfire at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research fires back at industry leaders with hard-hitting questions about the state of the HPC industry. “Listen in as visionary leaders from the supercomputing community comment on forward-looking trends that will shape the industry this year and beyond.”

Micron Unveils Flagship NVMe SSD Family

“The Micron 9200 Series of NVMe SSDs are specially designed to deliver the blazing fast speeds, low-latency, and high-capacity needed to handle massive files, images and multimedia assets created by today’s complex application workloads,” said Eric Endebrock, vice president SSD and Systems, Storage Business Unit, Micron Technology, Inc. “With the Micron 9200 SSDs added to our SSD playbook, we are providing customers a rich portfolio of storage solutions to manage their changing business needs.”

Wow! Nimbus Data Unveils 50 Terabyte ExaDrive SSDs

“With an interface and form factor identical to HDDs, but with vastly more capacity, ExaDrive will accelerate flash adoption in the data center. Viking Technology and SMART Modular Technologies recently began shipping 50 TB and 25 TB ExaDrive-powered SSDs for cloud infrastructure, technical computing, and digital content storage.”

Will the Cloud steal my job?

In this special guest feature, Dr Rosemary Francis from Ellexus describes why the HPC Community has little to fear from the rise of Cloud Computing. “AWS alone has eight different types of storage that vary hugely in terms of storage size, bandwidth, peak performance and other more complex metrics. It’s not a ‘one set-up’ solution. If you’ve spent time optimizing your on-prem cluster for each different run or set of user expectations, you’re just going to have to do the same in the cloud.”

Building a True Data Solution

Many of the biggest challenges in current data center deployments involve moving and protecting the massive amount of data that is used by today’s leading companies. In this sponsored post from One Stop Systems, Inc., Tom Matson, Director of Software Solutions Sales at SanDisk, explains how a successful data solution is built. “With flash migrating from PCIe to NVMe, OSS continues to offer a “one-stop” hardware and software solution for high-performance AFA storage that combines their industry-leading systems with the latest version of high-performance ION software.”

Seagate Updates Nytro Flash Storage

Today Seagate announced enhanced versions of two flash technologies to boost performance and capacity for mixed data center workloads. The updated solid-state drives — including the Nytro 5000 M.2 non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSD and the Nytro 3000 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD — address different segments of the cloud and data center markets and help organizations maximize the value of their data. Anticipating the needs of a range of hyperscale data centers and cloud providers in the future, Seagate also will highlight a 64-terabyte (TB) NVMe add-in card (AIC) reading 13 gigabytes per second (GB/s) — the fastest and highest-capacity SSD ever demonstrated. “Seagate is investing heavily in their already broad range of NVMe and SAS enterprise-class products aimed directly at the data center, cloud, and hyperscale storage markets,” said George Crump, lead analyst of Storage Switzerland. “With some product specifications increasing by as much as five times over the last generation, these products are ideally aligned to meet the ever expanding requirements of this market.”

DDN Drives Microscopy Workflows with Gatan

Today DDN announced a strategic partnership with Gatan to deliver groundbreaking solutions for microscopy research environments and workflows. With innovative solutions that combine DDN’s high-performance data storage platform and Gatan’s high-performance cameras, the DDN and Gatan partnership offers a wide variety of end-user applications a powerful, end-to-end solution to accelerate research, to speed time to results, and to fully leverage the power of the latest technologies in electron microscopy. “Massive increases in instrument data are revolutionizing life science and materials research and, at the same time, are placing unprecedented demands on storage,” said Robert Triendl, senior vice president of global sales, marketing, and field services at DDN.