DDN in Partnership With HPE

For HPC storage solutions
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.11.14

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DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN) has entered into a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to integrate its parallel file system storage and flash storage cache technology with HPE's HPC platforms.

The focus of the partnership is to accelerate and simplify customers' workflows in technical computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning environments.

Enhanced versions of EXAScaler and GRIDScaler parallel file systems solutions, and the latest release of IME, a software-defined scale out NVMe data caching solution, will be integrated with HPE servers and the HPE Data Management Framework (DMF) software, enabling optimized workflow solutions with large-scale data management, protection and DR capabilities. They will also provide a complement to HPE's Apollo portfolio, aimed at HPC workloads in complex computing environments.

"Congratulations to DDN and HPE on this expanded collaboration, which seeks to maximize data throughput and data protection," said Rich Loft, director of the technology development division, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) - and a user of an integrated DDN and HPE solution as the foundation of the Cheyenne supercomputer.  "Both of these characteristics are important to the data workflows of the atmospheric and related sciences."

"With this partnership, two trusted leaders in the high-performance computing market have come together to deliver high value solutions as well as a wealth of technical field expertise for customers with data intensive needs," said Paul Bloch, president, DDN. "In this hybrid age of HDD-based parallel file systems, web/cloud and flash solutions, customers are demanding truly scalable storage systems that deliver deeper insight in their datasets. They want smarter productivity, better TCO, and best in class data management and protection. DDN's and HPE's integrated solutions will provide them with just that."

DDN has been in storage and parallel file system implementations at scale for nearly twenty years. The integrated offerings combine compute and storage in a fast, scalable and reliable way.

"At HPE we're committed to providing best practice options for our customers in the rapidly growing markets for high-performance computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning," said Bill Mannel, VP and GM, HPC and AI segment solutions, HPE. "HPE and DDN have collaborated on many successful deployments in a variety of HPC environments. Bringing these capabilities to the broader community of HPC users based on this partnership will accelerate the time to results and value that our customers see from their compute and storage investment."