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Panasas PanFS 8: Architectural Overview

Panasas has released this timely new white paper “Panasas PanFS 8: Architectural Overview.” The report takes a “breadth-first” tour of the architecture of the PanFS® parallel file system, looking at its key components then diving deep into the main benefits. HPC environments, by their very nature, tend to be large and are usually quite complex. […]

Reflecting on 10 Years of Active Archive

In this special guest feature, Molly Presley from the Active Archive Alliance reflects on how the unstructured data storage industry has evolved and the implications for active archives. “We now have software that allows us to extract data from the archive for things like analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, so it adds more value and usability to archived data. And, many of the applications and processes can now be automated through APIs and CLIs to make it easy to automate common tasks and integrate with upstream applications.”

Top Data Storage Predictions for 2020

Today Qumulo announced its 2020 data storage predictions. Qumulo’s predictions are guided by the enterprise’s realization that legacy scale-out and scale-up NAS storage solutions were not designed to handle today’s unstructured data volumes, distributed geographies and diverse file types. In 2020, enterprise organizations will focus on their data-driven businesses, rather than on managing their storage.

Call for Papers: MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference in Santa Clara

The MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event will be held May 4-8, 2020 at Santa Clara University, with the Research Track taking place May 7 and 8. “The conference focuses on current challenges and future trends in storage technologies. MSST 2020 will include a day of tutorials, two days of invited papers, and two days of peer-reviewed research papers. The conference will be held, once again, on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University, in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

Panasas to Showcase “Fastest HPC Parallel File System at any Price-Point” at SC19

“The next generation of PanFS on ActiveStor Ultra offers unlimited performance scaling in 4 GB/s building blocks, utilizing multi-tier intelligent data placement to maximize storage performance by placing metadata on low-latency NVMe SSDs, small files on high IOPS SSDs and large files on high-bandwidth HDDs. The system’s balanced node architecture optimizes networking, CPU, memory and storage capacity to prevent hot spots and bottlenecks, ensuring consistently high performance regardless of workload.”

Micron Unveils World’s Fastest Datacenter SSD

Today Micron Technology announced a breakthrough in nonvolatile memory technology with the introduction of the world’s fastest SSD, the Micron X100 SSD. “Micron’s innovative X100 product brings the disruptive potential of 3D XPoint technology to the data center, driving breakthrough performance improvements for applications and enabling entirely new use cases,” said Micron Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer Sumit Sadana.

Phison Steps up with PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe SSD solutions

Phison Electronics is showcasing its high performance PCIe Gen4 storage products this week at the Flash Memory Summit. “The Phison E16 provides industry leading performance, capacity and NVMe features required to build the PCIe Gen4 enabled data center of the future. Liqid is excited that the Phison E16 is now powering the fastest storage in the world, the LQD4500.”

Qumulo Delivers new All-Flash Platforms for Unstructured Data

Today Qumulo announced comprehensive software and hardware advancements that will help enterprises to capitalize on dynamic market conditions, including rapidly falling NVMe prices, in order to gain data center efficiencies and benefit from the increased reliability and performance of flash-based platforms. “Qumulo makes it easy for users to incorporate new technology developments both on-prem and in the cloud,” said Molly Presley, director of product marketing. “Our software-defined, hybrid cloud file system allows our users to focus on their data-driven businesses, not on managing their storage.”

StorONE and Seagate Partner to Maximize SSD Performance Specs

Today StorONE announced record speeds using Seagate SSD drives and StorONE’s TRU S1 Software Defined Storage solution. In recent performance testing, StorONE combined its software with Seagate’s enterprise-class SSDs in a virtual appliance configuration that reached a breakthrough half a million IOPS with 24 Seagate SSDs and all enterprise-class data protection features running. The high-availability, failure-proof VMware cluster with two nodes achieved this throughput on random reads (4K) and 180,000 IOPS on random writes (4K) with latency of less than 0.2 milliseconds.

Podcast: Achieving Low Latency with the SPDK Storage Performance Development Kit

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dr. Felipe Franciosi from Nutanix and Nate Marushak from Intel describe how the open source reference library called SPDK (Storage Performance Development Kit) brings higher performance to the data center. “A decade ago, when slow hard disk drives were the heart of a data center, efficiency was improved by designing software to avoid accessing physical media. Innovations in persistent memory and in networking technology have already brought vast improvements. For systems that are latency-sensitive, applying SPDK can address software bottlenecks and open the way to even higher performance.”