OEM disk subsystem organization Xyratex, facing lost sales because of NetApp buying Engenio, is to deliver finished, manufacturing facility-configured Lustre cluster systems to its OEM channel for HPC shoppers.
as well as offering disk array subsystems to OEM partners, Xyratex supplies tough disk power manufacturing examine and analysis equipment to a shrinking pool of challenging disk pressure manufactures, soon to be just three; Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital.
The ClusterStor 3000 is according to the acquisition of ClusterStor and its know-how late ultimate year. As a parallel file gadget Lustre is widely wide-spread in HPC circles, with 70 of the excellent one hundred HPC methods using it as of November 2010, in response to the Top500 company. there's a single Lustre community operating below the auspices of the OpenSFS, of which Xyratex intends to turn into a excellent-level sponsor.
Lustre techniques have traditionally been supplied, Xyratex says, as three components, comprising the disk shelves, RAID controllers and Lustre servers. Xyratex is integrating the three materials together and transport them because the ClusterStor 3000, in accordance with Scalable Storage contraptions (SSUs) with a single part number.
Xyratex says "The SSU consolidates and integrates ordinary block storage, network and file equipment components right into a single constructing block that provides a linear scaling unit in file device efficiency and potential". SSUs are interconnected with the aid of InfiniBand, and each InfiniBand and 10gigE are available for customer entry.
because the Lustre utility is pre-put in, the equipment is pre-tuned and valued clientele are set up within the factory as well, Xyratex claims this may store saving consumers as much as 38 days of labor in comparison to competing Lustre-based mostly arrays. With the gadget being capable of function as a configured storage cluster in under a claimed four hours from being unpacked, this protects customers as much as 4 and a half days extra.
definitely you get your ClusterStor 300 up and running a month or greater earlier than you could a competing Lustre system; it is the Xyratex pitch.
A ClusterStor File gadget Gateway alternative offers CIFS access for windows, SMB v2.0 entry for Mac OD+S and NFS access for Linux purchasers. there's a ClusterStor supervisor which offers a single administration interface to provision, configure and computer screen a ClusterStor storage cluster. Xyratex provides a 1gigE administration port.competition
by way of entering the HPC market, Xyratex is competing with DataDirect Networks, NetApp's Engenio unit, and Panasas. As a simple comparison Panasas' PAS 12 base enclosure is a 4U, 40TB container with the highest rack skill being 400TB with a bandwidth of 150GB/sec.
DataDirect's SFA10000 has a 4U, 60 drive, 180TB capability base field, 1.8PB per rack and three.6PB in its 2-rack guise. it could actually have a mix of SSDs, SAS and SATA three.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives and scales beyond 240GB/sec.
A ClusterStor 3000 has an 84-power, 192TB SSU ability and scales up to 1.5PB per rack and 1TB/sec I/O bandwidth. The drives are 6Gbit/s nearline SAS disk disk drives and SSDs. It additionally supports 10,000rpm 3.5-inch and a pair of.5-inch disk drives. A a single SSU offers 2.5GB/sec.
Ken Claffey, Xyratex' senior director for ClusterStor business line administration, stated: "Our skill numbers that your reference [above] are ‘useable’ capability with RAID 6 data coverage, I believe the DDN numbers your reference are only uncooked numbers (we are over 2PB per rack raw). ... I ... believe that Panasas is simply RAID 5, now not RAID 6."
He additionally stated: "The DDN SFA10K today requires further servers per equipment to behave because the Lustre OSS in an effort to supply you file stage access to the gadget (DDN confer with this config because the Exascaler; in doing so you lose 1-2 of the their 4U 60 expansion JBODs, cutting back their density through an extra 10-20 per cent per rack). The SFA10K as standard configuration is only a block machine. DDN does not present built-in storage cluster administration, which each ourselves and Panasas do."
here is Xyratex' first HPC providing and there will, little question, be further ClusterStor fashions. remember to be able to find out greater tips right here.
The ClusterStor 3000, with a base configuration of 7SSUs, could be available via Xyratex OEMs within the fourth quarter of 2011. ®
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