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New HPE storage platforms expand HPC archive offerings


HPE Storage_HPC_archive_blog.jpgToday, SuperComputing 2017 kicks off here in Denver. Timed with this event, HPE announced new server, storage and software products aimed at high performance computing (HPC) environments. While my HPC colleagues will cover the new server platforms, I want to share the news from HPE Storage about our archive offerings for HPC customers.

First, about HPE Data Management Framework

You may or may not know about HPE Data Management Framework (DMF) software which came in through the SGI acquisition last year. HPE DMF provides hierarchical storage management to move data to lower cost tiers based on service level requirements. We understand that producing a cost-effective and efficient HPC environment is important to our customers. HPE DMF is designed to address this requirement by providing policy-based allocation of data to the appropriate tier of storage, ultimately helping to reduce the capacity needed on higher performing tiers and offload colder data to archive options, creating a more efficient infrastructure. 

shutterstock_134125940_800_0_72_RGB.jpgFor example, an oil and gas company uses its HPC environment to gather and analyze seismic sensor data from potential drilling sites (on land and at sea) and store them via HPE DMF to tape libraries, on or off-premises. When they are ready to run a simulation to determine if they have a potential for oil, and the technology to go get the oil, they load those tapes onto Lustre parallel file systems and crunch the data on large HPC compute clusters.

New for HPC data archiving

Two common platforms used as HPC data archives are highly scalable and geo-distributed object storage, and low-cost, highly durable tape libraries. These two data archive options are supported with the introduction of two new generations of storage products:

By providing affordable active archive and long-term retention solutions at massive scale, you can minimize risk with proven end-to-end integrated infrastructure from HPE and diversify data protection by mixing and matching these solutions on-site and off.

Let’s dig a bit deeper on each data archive option.

Purpose-built for object storage

Using object storage as an active archive of structured and unstructured data provides immediate access to data—everything is online, fully accessible, with near infinite scalability. By using the HPE Apollo 4510, paired with software-defined object storage software from Scality, Red Hat or SUSE, you can achieve cloud-scale robustness and economics with a highly available solution achieving up to fourteen 9’s, on-premises or geo-disbursed.

Available this month, the new HPE Apollo 4510 Gen10 System offers revolutionary storage density with one of the highest storage capacities in any 4U server with up to 600TB per system. The new form-factor features two drawers of 7887d2ab-42d0-4fda-a628-5ed340536ea1.jpgdrives for easier maintenance and accessibility and its shorter depth fits within a standard 1075mm data center rack. Performance is increased due to 16% more cores over the previous Gen9 generation (52 vs 44), and new support for NVMe cards can be used as an efficient Scality RING metadata cache enabling 100% of bulk drive bays for object data storage (up to 40TB capacity regained per server).

The more traditional choice of archival platform

Despite new technologies in the market, traditional tape storage continues to offer customers a low-cost, lower risk, long-term retention solution for which we’re still witnessing strong market demand. Fun fact: more data is being stored on tape than ever before with record levels of tape media capacity shipments reaching 96,000PB in 2016.* Tape is also seeing a resurgence in its use as an added layer of protection against cybercrime and ransomware attacks to lower data center risk with reliable offline and off-premises data protection.

64c9472f-11e6-48df-94d3-46ba59c5d2e5.jpgToday we’re pleased to announce new HPE LTO generation 8 drive and media support which offers double the tape cartridge capacity over the previous LTO-7, with customers now being able to store up to 30TB** per cartridge when compressed (12TB native). This increase in cartridge capacity alone enables the HPE T950 tape library to hold up to 300.6PB of compressed enterprise data, while the HPE TFinity ExaScale is now capable of storing up to 1.6EB of compressed enterprise data, all within the same data center footprint as the LTO-7 supported libraries!  Not to mention, both enterprise tape libraries supporting LTO-8 full-height drive systems, benefit from a 20% increase in transfer rate speeds from 300MB/s to 360MB/s. 


More information on these products will be posted in Storage News on the Around the Storage Block blog over the next couple of days. Stay tuned!


*Assuming a 2.5:1 compression achieved with larger compression history buffer available beginning with LTO generation 6 drives LTO program press release (April 18, 2017)

**Using 2.5:1 compression ratio with LTO-8

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