SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 features dense, industrial-strength data storage and mixed I/O options, with 8G-bit Fibre Channel and 40G-bit InfiniBand.
High-performance computer maker SGI on Sept.
22 introduced its newest storage system, SGI
InfiniteStorage 16000, intended for high-octane environments that deal with
Most often, HPC (high-performance computing)
systems that handle computation for projects such as genome rendering, oil and
gas geologic exploration, and weather prediction use dedicated servers and
storage because the projects involve the flow of so much data.
SGI InfiniteStorage 16000 features dense,
industrial-strength storage-it can manage up to 2.4 petabytes of content-and
mixed I/O options, with 8G-bit Fibre Channel and 40G-bit InfiniBand.
Having mixed connectivity options enables users to run varying types of
workloads on the system without the jobs impacting each other.
SGI claims that the new system delivers up
to 10GB per second of read/write performance and up to 1 million IOPS (input/output
operations per second), depending upon the workload.
Other features, according to SGI, "include
file and application hosting, an active/active redundant design, mirrored
cache, support for multiple RAID levels and SSD,
SAS and SATA [Serial ATA] disk drives, intelligent block striping, SATAssure
data protection, power saving modes, and 8[G-bit] Fibre Channel and 40[G-bit] InfiniBand
SGI has a sizable market presence in
vertical markets that include government, science and other types of research
"As technical computing platforms have continued a dramatic increase in
density and performance, the I/O requirements are also becoming increasingly
randomized between throughput and high IOPS," said IDC
worldwide storage systems analyst Natalya Yezhkova. "With SGI
InfiniteStorage 16000, SGI is offering
customers the ability to accommodate the high end of both in a very flexible
SGI InfiniteStorage 16000
available now. The full feature set is described on the company's site.