Storage News: SGI and Scality, Micron, Nimbus Data

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Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the storage industry:

SGI partners with Scality for scale-out storage solution.  SGI announced a strategic OEM agreement with Scality, a leader in software-defined storage, to provide a unified scale-out storage solution that helps customers manage massive unstructured data sprawl. The Scality RING Organic Storage software will be bundled with SGI’s Modular InfiniteStorage Platform to enable a converged multi-petabyte storage architecture. A single 19-inch rack can house nearly three petabytes of scale-out storage with total data security and no single point of failure, to enable an  infrastructure that can grow as needed with no data migration or downtime required. “Scale-out object-based solutions are designed to address this particular set of problems by minimizing manual intervention for storage expansions, migrations, and recoveries from storage system failure,” said Ashish Nadkarni, research director, Storage Systems at IDC. “Such a dispersed, fault-tolerant architecture enables IT organizations to more efficiently absorb data growth in a manner that is predicable for the long term.”

Micron introduces new solid state drive.  Micron (MU) announced its next-generation solid state drive (SSD) for data center servers, appliances, and storage platforms. The P400m SSD is a high-endurance SATA caching and storage solution that was designed to handle the amassing petabytes of structured and unstructured digital information that is created, stored and accessed every day in data centers. The P400m is designed for high endurance and high performance, featuring  XPERT, Micron’s Extended Performance and Reliability Technology, which closely integrates the storage media and controller through highly-optimized firmware algorithms and hardware enhancements. “The growth in big data is placing tremendous pressure on IT administrators,” said Ed Doller, VP and general manager of Micron’s Enterprise SSD division. “Users require fast, on-demand access to data. This means data centers must deliver more data, faster than ever before—in an environment that has zero tolerance for data loss,. Integrating flash storage into the data center is the preferred way administrators can meet these growing demands. The Micron P400m delivers the endurance, reliability, and performance critical for data center storage.”

Nimbus Data deploys over 1PB in one month.  Nimbus Data announced that it has marked a major company milestone by shipping over one petabyte (1,024 terabytes) of flash memory last month, a record-setting performance that contributed to a 415 percent sales increase for the company in 2012 compared to the prior year. The bulk of the shipment total includes Nimbus Data’s latest Gemini flash memory array, a third-generation flash memory array that combines enhanced performance with enhanced density and power efficiency. “We are delighted to have achieved this tremendous milestone,” stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data.  “Shipping over a petabyte of flash memory in the past month demonstrates flash memory’s rise as the torch-bearer for next-generation primary storage and Nimbus’ technology leadership and operational maturity. We foresee continued rapid adoption of Nimbus Data solutions as the storage industry goes through perhaps its greatest paradigm shift in decades.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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