IBM unwraps storage system for faster analytics

November 23, 2010 No Comments

NEWS: IBM has revealed details of a new storage architecture that promises to speed up the processing of business analytics in large datacentres and cloud environments

The company spoke about its General Parallel File System-Shared Nothing Cluster (GPFS-SNC) at the Supercomputing 2010 conference in New Orleans on Friday. The system is twice as fast at processing business analytics as a Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) cluster, according to IBM’s own internal testing.

“Running analytics applications on extremely large data sets is becoming increasingly important, but organisations can only continue to increase the size of their storage facilities so much… this new architecture will shave hours off of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment,” IBM said in a statement.

The GPFS-SNC is an expansion to the company’s General Parallel File System (GPFS), which sits inside four of its products including IBM High Performance Computing Systems, IBM Information Archive, IBM Smart Business Compute Cloud and IBM Scale-Out Network Attached Storage (Sonas).

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