SOURCE: DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks

June 22, 2011 09:00 ET

Italy's Largest Computing Center Selects DataDirect Networks (DDN) and IBM to Accelerate International Scientific Collaboration and Discovery

Italian Scientific Research Partners, CINECA and Eni, Select DDN's SFA10000 Storage Platform and IBM GPFS to Improve Geophysical Exploration

CHATSWORTH, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 22, 2011) - DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world's largest privately held information storage company, today announced that CINECA, Italy's largest computing center and scientific research consortium, has selected DDN's Storage Fusion Architecture 10000 (SFA10000) and IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS) to power academic and commercial research across the European Union in such fields as computational science, life science and chemistry, and material science.

"To satisfy the demanding and highly varied requirements of the academic and commercial research community, CINECA needs a highly-efficient and highly-versatile storage infrastructure. Our new DDN SFA10000 storage cluster with GPFS will deliver a 10-fold increase in site-wide resources and readies us for the ever-evolving needs of our most demanding applications," said Sanzio Bassini, Director of Supercomputing Application & Innovation at CINECA. "Our long-standing partnership with DDN and IBM helps us eliminate I/O bottlenecks and enable a level of scalability that is unachievable with conventional technologies."

"We are honored to be powering Italy's largest computing center and helping CINECA achieve significant performance improvements," said Paul Bloch, President, DDN. "The world-leading performance, density and scalability of the SFA10000 will ensure that CINECA can provide the highest-level of computing resources possible, and meet the growing demands of its academic and commercial clients."

To find the right system, CINECA and Eni conducted a comprehensive market survey before selecting DDN and IBM. The decision is part of a long-standing collaboration between CINECA, DDN, and IBM, focusing on advancing dynamic, scalable, data-intensive computing for such important customers as Eni. The system will be delivered and maintained by IBM Italy.

CINECA is a non-profit partnership of 50 Italian universities and is the country's largest academic research consortium. It will be using the DDN-powered system to accelerate data-driven scientific discovery and improve geophysical exploration for Eni S.p.A, the global oil and gas conglomerate and Italy's largest industrial company.

CINECA also is part of The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, PRACE, a pan-European research initiative for HPC that is funded in part by the EU's 7th Framework Program. By adding a SFA10000 to its arsenal, CINECA joins other PRACE members that have also deployed DDN SFA technology to power their parallel HPC file storage initiatives, including GENCI (France), CSCS (Switzerland) and FZJ (Germany).

About the SFA10000
DDN's SFA10000 has been designed from the ground up to address the evolving data storage requirements of scalable scientific and grid computation. The system delivers industry-leading performance to support a mix of bandwidth and transactionally intensive file storage platforms and is capable of driving over 10GB/sec of read and write performance and over 1 million IOPS. Able to manage up to 1,200 SSD, SATA and SAS storage devices, the SFA10000 is three times more scalable than competing systems and ideal for organizations looking to build scalable online and nearline storage infrastructure. The SFA10000 is a two-time HPCWire Editors Choice Award winner for Best Storage Product and has selected by organizations around the world to build the fastest scale-out file systems, scaling to over 300GB/s.

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 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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