In today’s world, the incessant data growth is challenging traditional storage and data management solutions. These outdated systems lack performance and are expensive to administer and scale. As a result, business outcomes are impacted. In order to quickly and cost effectively respond to the staggering growth of data, there is a need for a scalable, high-performance, reliable and collaborative storage and data management infrastructure.
IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a proven, scalable, high-performance data and file management solution that’s being used widely across multiple industries. GPFS provides simplified data management and integrated information lifecycle tools capable of managing petabytes of data and billions of files, in order to arrest the growing cost of managing ever growing amounts of data. GPFS removes data related bottlenecks by providing parallel access to data, eliminating single filer choke points or hot spots.
IBM GPFS ensures end-to-end data availability, reliability & integrity and also simplifies data management at large scale by providing a single namespace that can be scaled easy on demand by simply adding additional compute or storage resources. Conventionally deployed for high performance computing (HPC), today GPFS has gained market share in non-HPC solutions like Healthcare & Finance and supporting high available scale-out relational databases, helping enterprises with large-scale IT and storage environments through its massive global namespace support, enhanced data availability, cross-site data replication, and scale-out performance for varying workloads. These are not only leveraged by IBM customers and partners but also internally within IBM. Join me at Edge 2014 – the premier event for infrastructure innovation, from May 19-23 at the Venetian in Las Vegas, to explore many facets of IBM GPFS through real life use cases and client references.
GPFS leverages Software Defined Storage (SDS) capabilities through an automated, policy driven, application aware storage services as well as provides a common storage plane that can be fully integrated with OpenStack. We recently published an online book titled “Software Defined Storage for Dummies” which showcases the capabilities of GPFS-as-SDS and many real world applications. I encourage you to read this insightful e-book and share your views with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @IBMSDE.
Research Scientist – High Performance Computing