Dell | Terascala High Performance Computing Storage Solution Hits A New Peak

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Updates to scalable architecture provide organizations with a complete, easy-to-manage, high performance solution that improves storage management and productivity

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Dell is focused on partnering with the best in the business to create very high throughput appliances that are required for customers’ technical computing environments. --Neil Klosterman, Dell’s HPC storage product manager

Terascala, the industry leader in HPC storage management software, today announced updates to the Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution (HSS), a high performance computing (HPC) system that helps customers manage the influx of data in technical computing environments. The new improvements are designed to meet growing customer demands for integrated storage solutions from Terascala and Dell.

Research and higher education institutions require highly efficient HPC environments that can scale quickly to support enormous data sets. The Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution allows customers to meet unprecedented storage challenges with a fully supported, high performance, and cost-effective parallel file system that is easy to deploy, configure, and manage.

Software and hardware improvements to the Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution include the software stack with Lustre® parallel file system version 2.1.6 plus the latest version of TeraOS (v5.3.1) for appliance performance and reliability management. Organizations benefit from increased performance to maximize their HPC infrastructures with new storage arrays that sport a quad port 12 gigabit per second (Gbps) Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, compared to 6 Gbps SAS interface in the previous Dell PowerVault MD32xx arrays. The appliance peak read performance is 10.7 gigabytes per second (GBps), up 59.7% over the previous generation; the peak write performance is 6.09 GBps, up 74%. Moreover, the hardware stack performance has been enhanced by changing the metadata target (MDT) and object storage target (OST) arrays from the Dell MD32xx line to the new Dell MD34xx series.

Dell and Terascala collaborate to upgrade the HSS storage appliance line typically twice per year to provide the best price, performance, and latest software features to Dell’s customers. The upgraded appliances are immediately available from Dell.

“Dell is focused on partnering with the best in the business to create very high throughput appliances that are required for customers’ technical computing environments,” noted Neil Klosterman, Dell’s HPC storage product manager. “The upgraded HSS 5.5 storage appliance has TeraOS validated on Dell hardware through rigorous testing by Dell HPC Engineering and Terascala. This will ensure that superior high performance computing technology is available to our research and academia customers for mission-critical work.”

“In this competitive marketplace, to be nimble implies providing continuous innovation,” stated Alan Swahn, Terascala's vice president of marketing. “This upgraded storage appliance is a great example of Dell being nimble and listening to their customers. We are pleased to be a Dell partner and provide the software stack for their latest roll in and run HPC storage appliance line.”

About Terascala
Terascala—the High Performance Computing (HPC) storage management company—has pioneered software that lowers total cost of ownership by managing and optimizing data, performance, and reliability. Savings are quickly realized through minimizing downtime, moving data very fast between scratch and inexpensive backup storage, and optimizing workload throughput. The company’s TeraOS software provides system-level high availability to reduce costly degraded performance and downtime. It integrates workload, network, storage, and file system monitoring, analysis, pre-emptive failure alerts, and fast failover. Terascala’s real-time analysis and phone-home support keeps these highly complex systems up and running at peak performance. Support costs are minimized with no HPC or parallel file system expertise required.

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