SOURCE: DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks

April 17, 2012 09:00 ET

First-to-Market: Lustre Made Simple by DDN, the HPC Storage Leader

Strategic Partnership With WhamCloud Allows Integration of Chroma Enterprise Management Tools Into DDN ExaScaler Appliance, to Simplify & Accelerate Lustre File System Deployment & Administration

CHATSWORTH, CA and DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2012) - DataDirect Networks (DDN), world leader in massively scalable storage, and Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, today announced that DDN™ is offering Whamcloud's Chroma Enterprise with its ExaScaler™ parallel file storage product to radically simplify Lustre™ file system management and accelerate ExaScaler adoption within enterprise Big Data environments.

Chroma Enterprise is designed from the ground up to eliminate the complexity of support and management of sophisticated parallel file storage by providing simple, easy-to-use systems management which is tightly integrated with the Lustre file system and DDN's Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA™) massively scalable and HPC-optimized storage platforms. With this new offering, DDN will add installation, configuration, maintenance, monitoring, and fault diagnosis capabilities to its ExaScaler offering within one unified administration portal that features an intuitively simple interface.

The announcement of Chroma Enterprise is the first of several developments DDN will announce throughout the year as part of an extensive R&D effort to eliminate systems management complexity of hyperscale Big Data storage infrastructure.

"Our testing already shows great potential for extending Lustre adoption. Chroma Enterprise quickly provides a deep understanding of the relationship between workload and storage performance, something only available to serious Lustre veterans until now," said Stephen Simms, manager of the High Performance File Systems group at Indiana University. "Chroma Enterprise will enable organizations to use Lustre without the need for extensive training. This is a significant leap for Lustre."

"We are pleased to provide Chroma Enterprise as part of our proven and tightly integrated Exascale solution. For over a decade, DDN has led the Lustre community in delivering enterprise-grade, highly-efficient and scalable Lustre file system infrastructure and has powered the majority of the world's fastest Lustre deployments," said Larry Jones, Senior Director of Product Management at DDN. "DDN's factory-configured, plug-and-play solutions are complemented by Chroma Enterprise to deliver the lowest TCO in the marketplace for hyperscale enterprise storage technology."

"The technology that DDN brings forward in its ExaScaler offering is complemented by Whamcloud's deep solutions delivery capability that comes from long HPC experience and the largest Lustre file system support and delivery team. We're very pleased to announce the availability of new tools to foster the adoption of parallel file storage across the world," said Brent Gorda, CEO of Whamcloud. "By combining Chroma Enterprise with DDN's ExaScaler file storage platform, what was previously complex is now just... simple."

DDN is announcing the immediate early-access availability of the Chroma toolset with its ExaScaler offering. For more information on ExaScaler parallel file storage, visit

For more information on Whamcloud's Chroma Enterprise management tools, visit

About Whamcloud
Whamcloud, composed of HPC storage veterans and well-known Lustre experts, implements and supports Lustre solutions in HPC centers around the world. Whamcloud actively promotes the growth, stability and vendor neutrality of Lustre. Lustre is utilized in over 60% of the TOP100 supercomputing sites today and is the best technology for addressing many of the exascale issues of tomorrow.

About DataDirect Networks
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise.

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