Our challenge, as provider of HPC systems, will be to handle petabytes and even exabytes of data and to provide customers an efficient way to store and use the generated data. This will mean striking a balance between bandwidth, capital investments, operational costs, security, availability, and reliability. The trend to Big Data in HPC is also modifying the relationships inside our organizations. Up to now the management of data was almost a speciality of the departments providing general IT services but now HPC has the necessity to have a proper Big Data management with a specific knowhow that partially diverge from the standard way to preserve/use data. This opens the discussion about leadership on storage.
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