This week at ISC’13, we learned about the new Cray Cluster Connect. Described as a complete Lustre storage solution for x86 Linux clusters, Cray Cluster Connect is an “hardware agnostic” solution for customers who need flexibility in their storage configurations. In other words, you no longer need to buy a Cray supercomputer in order to get access to Cray’s Big Data and fast I/O expertise.
Cray has a long, rich history in the HPC storage space, and we have built some of the largest and fastest Lustre file systems in the world,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of storage and data management. “With Cray Cluster Connect, we are applying our Lustre expertise and innovation, and taking all that we have learned, developed and invested in parallel storage solutions to an expanded customer base. We can now deliver end-to-end, Lustre storage solutions for customers’ existing x86 Linux environments. With the launch of Cray Cluster Connect, our storage and data management solutions are no longer limited to Cray supercomputer customers.”
Available now, Cray Cluster Connect offers a wide range of storage options including block storage components from Cray, DataDirect Networks, or NetApp plus a full set of management and storage connectivity tools for data movement, archiving and management. Read the Full Story.
Over at Entrepreneur Magazine, Mikal E. Belicove writes that of the power of Big Data for small business is “knowing the now.”
If your business can gain insight from data-logging sensors, you can distill that knowledge into timely, intelligent decisions and trigger the right action at the right time. Or, put another way, today you no longer use data to see what happened; instead you use it to see what’s happening in real time, which allows you to pinpoint your marketing, improve service, reduce costs and save time. The possibilities are endless.
More and more organizations are expanding their usage of Hadoop software beyond just basic storage and reporting. But while they’re developing increasingly complex algorithms and becoming more dependent on getting value out of Hadoop systems, they are also pushing the limits of their architectures,” said Bill Blake, senior vice president and CTO of Cray. “We are combining the supercomputing technologies of the Cray CS300 series with the performance and security of the Intel Distribution to provide customers with a turnkey, reliable Hadoop solution that is purpose-built for high-value Hadoop environments. Organizations can now focus on scaling their use of platform-independent Hadoop software, while gaining the benefits of important underlying architectural advantages from Cray and Intel.”
As you may recall, Cray acquired the CS300 cluster technology from Appro last year. This gives the company a more affordable cluster offering for markets that don’t require Cray’s low latency interconnect technology. Read the Full Story.
Today Intel announced the “first converged HPC and Big Data plaform” with the new Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre. Paired with Chroma storage management tools from Whamcloud as well as a new adaptor for the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop, the new offering provides enterprise-class reliability combined with HPC performance for Big Data applications.
Enterprise users are looking for cost-effective and scalable tools to efficiently manage and quickly access large volumes of data to turn valuable information into actionable insight,” said Boyd Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter Software Division. “The addition of the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre to our big data software portfolio will help make it easier and more affordable for businesses to move, store and process data quickly and efficiently.”
When paired with the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop, the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software allows Hadoop to be run on top of Lustre, significantly improving speed in which data can be accessed and analyzed. This allows users to access data files directly from the global file system at faster rates and speeds up analytics time, providing more productive use of storage assets as well as simpler storage management.
The Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre will be available in early in the third quarter of this year. Read the Full Story.
Today OpenSFS announced that Intel will roll out a new product on Wednesday called the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre.
We’re pleased to see Intel pushing Lustre in new directions and growing the Lustre ecosystem,” said Galen Shipman, OpenSFS Chairman. “This is a great example of the continued advancement and maturation of Lustre technology in the marketplace.”
Lustre has long been used in many of the world’s fastest supercomputing systems and is reportedly gaining much interest in areas such as banking, where speed and scalability are keys to success. If Intel can reduce the complexity of Lustre deployments and administration with the Chroma storage management technology it acquired with Whamcloud last year, the company may be able to sell Lustre into a whole new market.
Intel’s Moving Lustre Forward event starts at 11 am on June 12 at the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco. The event will also will be live-streamed (registration required).
In this slidecast, Jim Kaskade from Infochimps presents: Cloud for Big Data.
Infochimps was founded by data scientists and cloud computing experts. Our solutions make it faster, easier and far less complex to build and manage Big Data systems behind applications to quickly deliver actionable insights. With Infochimps Cloud, enterprises benefit from the fastest way to deploy Big Data applications in complex, hybrid cloud environments.”
Our mission for ClusterStor Professional Services is to accelerate the time to results for our users and partners across verticals and geographies, and help them realize value sooner from their investment in HPC storage technology,” said Simon Johnson, senior director of ClusterStor Professional Services at Xyratex. “Our team has a deep pedigree in value-added services, Lustre® file systems and data storage, and our ClusterStor solutions have achieved tremendous market adoption in a short time. Combined, this experience enables us to bring additional integrated solution value and efficiency to solve our clients’ challenges and further exploit the best-in-class performance that our technology delivers.”
In this podcast, Jeff Denworth from DataDirect Networks introduces the company’s new President, Joe Cowan. As a former member of the DDN board, Cowan brings a wealth of experience in the enterprise, a space where DataDirect Networks hopes to grow with its Big Data solutions.
Big Data can provide great insights, but does Big Data equal the truth? Over at the New York Times, Quentin Hardy writes that Big Data does not necessarily offer the absolute certainty of math. This notion was brought home recently by Kate Crawford from Microsoft Research with a presentation on the “Six Myths of Big Data.”