DataDirect Networks Adds Object Storage Appliance and Updates Web Object Scaler

Data Direct Networks innovates for Web Objects Storage in web scale and big data applications, SanDisk incorporates Intel’s newest Atom processor into its iNAND Extreme flash drive, and LSI collaborates with VMware to scale application performance on Horizon View.

DataDirect Networks tackles webscale for big data applications

DataDirect Networks(DDN) announced new Web Object Scaler (WOS) 3.0 software and a WOS7000 Object Storage Appliance at the Gigaom Structure conference in London this week. Version 3.0 of WOS supports parallel search of user-defined metadata across a distributed WOS cloud of as many as 8,000 WOS cluster nodes. This allows indexing and contextualizing petabytes of data in milliseconds versus days, transforming data into information so they can make rapid, intelligent business decisions. This is partially enabled by its integration with DDN’s GRIDScaler parallel file storage system, powered by its Storage Fusion Architecture storage array technology to tier data from file-based workflows into a simple, scalable WOS archive. Preconfigured for rapid deployment, the WOS7000 appliance powered by WOS 3.0 software comes fully assembled and ready to run production workloads with minimal configuration, removing the guesswork and risk from deploying cloud storage, reducing management overhead, and providing rapid time to value from storage investments.

“Organizations everywhere continue to grapple with ever increasing volumes of data, creating business and infrastructure complexity, and importantly, missed opportunity,” said Jean-Luc Chatelain, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Technology at DDN.  “Traditional storage methods exacerbate issues of data growth by bottle-necking access to large volumes of data and limiting them within the context of single storage paradigms. For businesses seeking to extract value from their Big Data, our latest version of WOS object storage technology conquers issues of speed and scale to provide rapid time to insight, helping our customers grow their businesses and take advantage of the new era of cloud computing.”

SanDisk iNAND optimized with Intel

SanDIsk announced that the iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive (EFD) has been optimized to provide advanced digital storage in tablets powered by the new 22nm Intel Atom system-on-a-chip (SoC). Available in capacities up to 128GB, the iNAND Extreme will be used to power Android and Windows 8 tablets – featuring the high-performance and energy efficient Intel Atom Z3000 processors. iNAND Extreme offers sequential write/read speeds up to 45/150 MB/s, and random write /read speeds up to 800/4K IOPS.

“We are pleased to offer the tremendous storage performance of SanDisk’s iNAND Extreme for use in tablets incorporating Intel’s impressive new Intel Atom platform,” said Drew Henry, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile and Connected Solutions, SanDisk. “We have clearly just scratched the surface of the potential for tablets to transform the user experience, and our iNAND Extreme enables developers to introduce the next wave of highly responsive tablets that offer richer entertainment, awe-inspiring graphics, and more productive business applications.”

LSI Warp Drives power VMware Horizon View

LSI announced that it is working closely with VMware to deliver breakthrough virtual desktop density for VMware Horizon View deployments. Collaborative testing with VMware Horizon View using a single LSI Nytro WarpDrive application acceleration card achieved concurrent support for 200 active virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workloads on a two-node cluster with no storage latency. LSI and VMware emulated demanding, real-world end user workloads using Login VSI version 4.02 and View Planner 3 to drive 200 active desktops.

The LSI Nytro WarpDrive card comfortably supported the 200 active desktop workloads, achieving a VSImax rating of 280 before exhausting CPU resources. “Our testing of the LSI Nytro WarpDrive cards confirms Nytro technology can support demanding VDI workload environments with simplified management and increasing security and control,” said Mason Uyeda, senior director of technical marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. “LSI Nytro WarpDrive cards will help enable our customers to overcome the latency demands of VDI-intensive workloads to deliver high performance and return on investment.”

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