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November 22, 2010

IBM Labs unveils new storage architecture model

Dynamic file system management and advanced data replication techniques

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has unveiled a new storage architecture design, which the company says converts terabytes of information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible.

The new product is designed for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics; and it will save time in doing complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment.

The new General Parallel File System-Shared Nothing Cluster (GPFS-SNC) architecture is designed to provide availability through new clustering technologies, file system management and data replication techniques.

GPFS-SNC is a distributed computing architecture in which each node is self-sufficient; tasks are then divided up between these independent computers and no one waits for the other.

IBM’s current GPFS technology offering is the core technology for IBM’s High Performance Computing Systems, IBM’s Information Archive, IBM Scale-Out NAS (SONAS), and the IBM Smart Business Compute Cloud.

Using this GPFS-SNC design, users can now run complex analytics workload efficiently, as the design provides a common file system and namespace across disparate computing platforms, streamlining the process and reducing disk space, according to the company.

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IBM Research – Almade Storage Analytics and Resiliency master inventor Prasenjit Sarkar said businesses are literally running into walls, unable to keep up with the vast amounts of data generated on a daily basis.

"This new way of storage partitioning is another step forward on this path as it gives businesses faster time-to-insight without concern for traditional storage limitations," Sarkar said.

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