Seagate and IBM Tackle HPC Storage Management

By Pedro Hernandez

Seagate and IBM want to help research labs, financial analyst firms and other organizations with massive data crunching requirements better manage their high performance computing (HPC) storage.

Today, the company announced a new appliance based on Seagate's HPC parallel storage system, ClusterStor, and Big Blue's Spectrum Scale software. Based on IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS) technology, Spectrum Scale is a cloud-enabled solution that provides automated storage and information lifecycle management for billions of files and petabytes (PB) of data.

Combined, the new Seagate software defined storage appliance will help its HPC customers keep better tabs on their exploding stores of scientific, financial and analytical data.

"The newly engineered system will bring the capabilities of IBM Spectrum Scale together with the unique performance efficiency and scalability of Seagate's ClusterStor systems, helping clients to manage demanding, data-hungry high performance computing applications more efficiently than before," commented Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager of Seagate's HPC systems business, in a statement.

ClusterStor originates from Xyratex, the U.K.-based hard disk drive (HDD) test equipment and HPC storage company that Seagate acquired in 2013. Seagate uses the Lustre open-source parallel file system as the basis for integrated, petascale HPC and big data storage systems that aid in computer modeling, energy exploration and other disciplines that require quick access to massive amounts of data.

For instance, the low-end ClusterStor 1500 can deliver performance of 1 gigabyte (GB) per second to over 100 GB per second. The 1500 scales from 80 terabytes (TB) to up to 10.5 PB of raw capacity. The high-end ClusterStor 9000 can sling data at a rate of up to 63 GB per second per rack. To date, the company has shipped two million ClusterStor enclosures and over 17,000 PB of capacity to storage original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), reported Seagate.

For IBM, the collaboration is part of the company's strategy of extending its storage management software into the growing business intelligence and analytics market, according to IBM's Bernie Spang, vice president of software-defined infrastructure for the IT giant.

"Organizations in all industries are looking for faster and more cost efficient ways to store, manage and access data for critical business processes and insight-generating analytics," said Spang in a statement. "With the IBM Spectrum Storage portfolio, IBM has created building blocks for partners to deliver new and creative technology solutions that help clients meet their diverse needs."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on July 13, 2015