The systems feature up to 40 percent lower entry pricing and 57 percent smaller form factor than previous configurations.
Data storage and processing
solutions specialist DataDirect Networks released the DDN SFA10K-M and
SFA10K-ME big data appliances. The SFA10K-ME features DDN's In-Storage
Processing technology and is built with high-speed server virtualization
technology to co-locate big data applications closest to data and eliminate the
need for storage processing and networking. As a high-speed block storage
appliance, the SFA10K-M, featuring InfiniBand or Fibre Channel connection, can
be configured to deliver up to 10GB per second in only 20U and supports up to
720TB of capacity and can be scaled out with any of DDN's file storage
offerings as a modular big data building block.
In addition, the SFA10K-ME
configurations, featuring InfiniBand or Ethernet connection, can be configured
to support DDN's GridScaler and ExaScaler parallel file system software to
scale file system performance beyond 1TB per second and volume capacity beyond
10 petabytes. The companys two systems are available both through DDN's sales
force and the company's global partner network. With a reduced configuration,
the system features up to 40 percent lower entry pricing and 57 percent smaller
form factor than previous SFA10K configurations. To support the product introduction,
DDN is announcing a three-month introductory price for the SFA10K-M, which
starts at $100,000.
"The 'big' in 'big data'
is a relative term, like the 'high' in 'high-performance computing.' Big data
is about the growth in data across multiple industries, causing organizations
to address high-performance data management issues they haven't had to cope
with before," said Addison Snell, CEO of IT analytics group Intersect360
Research. "Not every big data problem is in petabytes. That's why it makes
sense for DDN to extend its high-performance storage lines into the midrange,
to lower the entry point for big data management."
During the three-month
promotional period between April 1, 2012, and June 30, 2012, DDN will offer
10K-M pricing, starting at $100,000. The promotional $100,000 entry-level
configuration consists of one SFA10K-M storage array bundle with eight
InfiniBand ports, one 60-slot 4U SS7000 enclosure, 6G bit cables, 16GB of
mirrored cache, battery, operating system (OS) Licenses for four Raid
Processors including SATAssure, RAID levels 1, 5 and 6. Installation, annual
support and ExaScaler or GridScaler add-on software is sold separately.
"One of the key
attributes of today's big data is the lack of predictability of data growth
across customer environments," said Alex Bouzari, CEO of DDN.
"Today's announcement of our SFA10K-M and SFA10K-ME platforms is an
important step in furthering the democratization of big data and enabling our
customers to resolve big data unpredictability by starting small and growing
incrementally into massively scalable big data technology."
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.