In addition to high performance configuration, the SFA12K series of systems features a number of advancements from DDN.
Networks, an information storage company, unveiled the SFA12K series of Big
Data appliances, a suite of products designed to accelerate data-intensive
applications and consolidate infrastructure to minimize total cost of data
storage ownership for Big Data, high performance computing, cloud and
content-intensive environments. With this release, DDN is introducing three new
models of its Storage Fusion Architecture.
SFA12K-40 delivers the industry's highest single-platform performance, at over
40GB/s and 1.4 million flash IOPS. With InfiniBand and Fibre Channel
connectivity, the system is designed to scale file storage systems to 1TB/s and
beyond with as little as 25 arrays.
highly optimized virtualization and x86 co-processing, the SFA12K-20E extends
DDN's In-Storage Processing offering, first announced in 2009, to host the
company's ExaScaler and GridScaler parallel file systems and/or customer
applications natively within the storage array. With 40Gb Ethernet and
InfiniBand connectivity, each SFA12K-20E delivers 20GB/s of bandwidth and 700K
flash IOPS while also driving down data access latency and reducing the cost of
external computing and storage networking for virtualized Windows and Linux
the SFA12K-20 delivers more than 20GB/s and 700K flash IOPS from a single
of these models is powered by DDN's StorageScaler 8460 (SS8460) high-density
storage enclosure. Capable of housing up to 84 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA, SAS
and SSD devices in only 4U of rack space, this offering is designed to reduce
data center sprawl by up to 40 percent.
democratization of Big Data is challenging each and every enterprise's ability
to capture data and extract value by processing this data into actionable information,
efficiently and in real time," said Alex Bouzari, CEO and co-founder of DDN.
"The SFA12K series maximizes the value of our customers' information by
delivering world-record performance and density, superior system efficiency and
unrivaled data center packaging. DDN is driving forward innovative features
such as In-Storage Processing, our Storage Fusion Fabric, quality of service
and SATAssure to ensure the best possible application experience without
performance or data integrity compromise to ensure the best possible total
systems value to our worldwide user community."
addition to high performance configuration, the SFA12K series of systems
features a number of advancements from DDN, including Storage Fusion Fabric,
which supports up to 160 dedicated 6Gb SAS lanes to aggregate and maximize the
performance of performance-intensive SSD devices. With new versions of DDN's
SFAOS, the company will deliver real-time quality of service and predictable
latency for read-intensive applications requiring sustained data access even
during system component failure events.
SATAssure+ capability enables the system to autonomously heal itself from
errant SATA drive failures through intelligent fault and power management to
reduce instances of SATA drive replacement by up to 80 percent, according to
the company. The SFA12K will feature several new serviceability and usability
features, including a scriptable API for simplified systems administration and
features such as In-Storage Processing, Real-Time I/O and the Storage Fusion
Fabric, DDN is sending a very clear signal that customers should not hesitate
to question the status quo," said Dave Vellante, President and CEO of Wikibon.
"This announcement sets the table for DDN's broader information systems agenda
by blowing the doors off of its competition and establishing a baseline
platform that can be leveraged for scalable, responsive and efficient Big Data
storage and processing."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.