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November 14, 2016 07:00 ET

DriveScale Chooses RAID Inc. to Provide Ultra-Dense Storage

Big Data Hadoop and Supercomputing Customers Can Achieve Cost-effective, Massive Scalable Data Growth with DriveScale and RAID Inc. Partnership

ANDOVER, MA, and SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 14, 2016) - DriveScale, the company that is pioneering flexible, scale-out computing for the enterprise using standard servers and commodity storage, today announced that it has selected RAID Inc., a high-performance computing solutions company, as a strategic partner to expand its big data ecosystem into the supercomputing market. This new partnership enhances the RAID Inc. portfolio of technical computing and data center infrastructure solutions by adding DriveScale's Hadoop-centric storage platform to its Ability EBOD (enterprise-class JBOD) storage solutions, resulting in increased storage scalability and density to Hadoop architectures while at the same time lowering costs. RAID Inc. will demonstrate DriveScale-centric scalable solutions at the HPC community's tentpole event, SC16 Conference in Salt Lake City, November 13-18, 2016, at booth 809.

DriveScale's scale-out platform, coupled with the RAID Inc. high density Ability EBODs, can cut hardware acquisition costs by more than 60 percent while quadrupling storage utilization and enable vastly improved scalability for big data workloads. By using the DriveScale scalable architecture, RAID Inc. allows data center managers to efficiently implement a scale-out infrastructure and future-proof their underlying data center infrastructure for growing Hadoop workloads.

"Hadoop is a key element of any big data strategy. But enterprises today -- without a clear leader in the high-density storage layer -- are challenged to deploy the thousands of nodes in data centers they need to manage a massive influx of data," said Gene Banman, CEO of DriveScale. "Partnering with RAID Inc. allows DriveScale to help solve the rapid growth in storage demand for the Hadoop community. Together, we provide a disaggregated, scale-out and storage-tuned solution that leads to a more efficient data center."

With DriveScale's disaggregation and recomposition technology, data center admins can manage compute and storage resources as separate pools by deploying a rapid scale-out ecosystem for independent resource scaling and then flexibly binding together these elements in any ratio an application requires. A DriveScale deployment consists of an integrated combination of on-prem software, hardware and cloud-based services that together provide the manageability, flexibility and optimization that are a base requirement of managing scale-out data center operations.

"RAID Inc. is dedicated to expanding and empowering the big data ecosystem with innovative platforms like DriveScale," said Robert Picardi, CEO of RAID Inc. "We are pleased to introduce the high-density Ability EBOD scale-out solution into the DriveScale community and look forward to working with them to develop the next-generation data infrastructure."

As unstructured data is generated at tremendous volumes, the DriveScale platform leverages the ease of deployment and scale-out design of the high-density Ability EBOD to offer an end-to-end Hadoop-centric storage platform. The Ability EBOD Series is one of the most cost-effective and dense storage products for scale-out solutions. For example, the massively scalable 4U 84-bay Ability Enterprise-Class JBOD provides extensive data capacities up to 840TB per unit (210TB pre-rack U height) with extreme performance capable of handling more than 32GB/s.

With this partnership, RAID Inc. is expanding on its high-performance legacy with the DriveScale scale-out platform to provide storage-at-scale, unstructured data solutions at an industry-leading price/Gigabyte (GB) ratio. DriveScale empowers enterprises with a software-defined storage architecture that delivers a big data platform with simplified storage growth through SAS-connected scalable enterprise-class JBODs from RAID Inc. This solution is available with engineer-driven guidance and 24x7 concierge support from RAID Inc. to deploy DriveScale platforms for organizations looking to future-proof their infrastructure, maximize data center efficiency and deliver a lower total cost of ownership to technical computing customers.

About DriveScale
DriveScale is leading the charge in bringing hyperscale computing capabilities to mainstream enterprises. Its composable data center architecture transforms rigid data centers into flexible and responsive scale-out deployments. Using DriveScale, data center administrators can deploy independent pools of commodity compute and storage resources, automatically discover available assets, and combine and recombine these resources as needed. The solution is provided via a set of on-premises and SaaS tools that coordinate between multiple levels of infrastructure. With DriveScale, companies can more easily support Hadoop deployments of any size as well as other modern application workloads. DriveScale is founded by a team with deep roots in IT architecture and that has built enterprise-class systems such as Cisco UCS and Sun UltraSparc. Based in Sunnyvale, California, the company was founded in 2013. Investors include Pelion Venture Partners, Nautilus Venture Partners and Ingrasys, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foxconn. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @DriveScale_Inc.

About RAID Incorporated
RAID Inc. was founded in 1994 to deliver end-to-end performance-driven technical computing and storage solutions. The company has earned industry praise for providing platform agnostic technical guidance in high performance computing (HPC), big data, cloud and software-defined data centers -- in the most efficient, reliable and cost effective manner. The world's leading research facilities, government, life science, financial, healthcare, energy, and cloud service providers can leverage the RAID Inc. team of engineers' extensive academic, research lab and commercial expertise that make RAID Inc. a trusted industry leader. More information found at, call +1 (800)330-7335 or comment via @RAIDinc.

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