A NexGen hybrid storage appliance, which combines Fusion-io Flash memory with the company's  software. Fusion-io has now acquired NexGen.

A NexGen hybrid storage appliance, which combines Fusion-io Flash memory with the company's software. Fusion-io has now acquired NexGen.

Fusion-io Accelerates Spotify Databases

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Fusion-io powers the flash storage behind online music provider Spotify’s database, Calxeda and Foxconn partner for storage appliances, and Xyratex adds professional services  across its HPC storage solutions.

Fusion-io accelerates Spotify.  Fusion-io (FIO) announced that it is accelerating the music databases of global online music leader, Spotify. Spotify uses the Fusion-io Memory platform to accelerate its applications and the open source Apache Cassandra database that powers the Spotify music platform. Spotify and Fusion-io are presenting on accelerating Apache Cassandra databases at the Apache Cassandra Summit next week in San Francisco.

“Today’s listeners expect to be able to access music instantaneously on any device, and Spotify’s powerful database is essential to quickly serving up tracks while promoting new music discovery,” said Gary Orenstein, Fusion-io Senior Vice President of Products. “The Spotify database team will continue to deliver on high customer expectations for millions of users worldwide with Fusion ioMemory, which is uniquely designed as a platform for application acceleration.”

Calxeda and Foxconn partner.  Calxeda announced the results of its development partnership with Foxconn, the multinational electronics manufacturing company based in Taiwan. Foxconn worked as a beta development partner of Calxeda with the mutual goal of drastically improving data center total cost of ownership, increasing storage density and delivering a family of production-ready, workload-optimized Calxeda EnergyCore-based systems. The two companies set out to build storage-optimized servers based on Calxeda EnergyCore processors. The result is an EnergyCore-powered Foxconn 4U storage appliance includes 60 3.5” hard drives slots (for up to 240 TB of storage), 12 EnergyCore compute nodes and a total of 100 Gbps of external bandwidth realized by four 10 Gbps uplinks and six 10 Gbps chassis-to-chassis interconnects.

“We are pleased to have a design and manufacturing relationship with Foxconn to showcase the value proposition of Calxeda’s ARM-based EnergyCore and integrated fabric switch in a highly-optimized storage appliance,” said Bob Baughman, Vice President of Sales, Calxeda. “Foxconn is a global leader in manufacturing with full ranges of knowledge, expertise and experience and we are proud they see such promise and future in Calxeda’s technology as a solution for their large network of customers.”

Xyratex launches ClusterStor Services. Data storage technology company Xyratex (XRTX) announced the creation of its new ClusterStor Professional Services capability. This new team of highly skilled service and technology professionals will be responsible for helping partners and end users capture and execute on their storage requirements to best match their most demanding application needs.  These professionals will perform customer requirement gathering, controlled installation and evaluation of personalized solutions, training programs, and advanced services that include complex solution design and integration, client deployments,data migration and more.

“Our mission for ClusterStor Professional Services is to accelerate the time to results for our users and partners across verticals and geographies, and help them realize value sooner from their investment in HPC storage technology,” said Simon Johnson, senior director of ClusterStor Professional Services at Xyratex. “Our team has a deep pedigree in value-added services, Lustre file systems and data storage, and our ClusterStor solutions have achieved tremendous market adoption in a short time. Combined, this experience enables us to bring additional integrated solution value and efficiency to solve our clients’ challenges and further exploit the best-in-class performance that our technology delivers.”

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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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