Guest Blog: A Special Thank You From OpenSFS

Reposted from the OpenSFS blog:

LUG 2014 was wildly successful on many different levels. Highest attendance ever, deep technical presentations and discussions, great community involvement. We owe many thanks to everyone involved, participants and organizers. 

Xyratex Applauds Backblaze as It Breathes New Life into the Enterprise versus Desktop Drive Debate

I read with great interest Backblaze’s recent blogs: “How Long Do Disk Drives Last?” and “Enterprise Drives: Fact or Fiction?” Not since the Google study of 2007, has a company or individual attempted to answer this question with real data.

New OpenSFS Board Representative Named

It’s my pleasure to share that I was recently selected to represent Xyratex on the Board of OpenSFS, a non-profit organization committed to promoting and supporting the Lustre® file system.  Among our many other tasks, the Board takes an active role in creating budgets, allocating funding, sponsoring events and networking opportunities for the community and setting policies and procedures for the organization.  A strong community is essential to open source software, and the community’s continued growth and development is important for viability in the marketplace. 

Lustre® Support at Xyratex

When it comes to working with Lustre® software, and maximizing the benefits that it can bring to your IT environment, it can be easy to run into problems and issues.  Thankfully, there are support resources available to help you achieve the results you want, and they are worth using – even if you think you might not need them. 

The Lustre® Community - Continued Growth and Adaptation

In a recent white paper from Intersect360, Addison Snell points out that the open source communities surrounding the Lustre® file system (OpenSFS in the U.S. and EOFS in Europe) are gaining more members and that many of these are not just users of the Lustre parallel file system but hardware vendors basing commercial products on Lustre.

Rutgers University Selects Xyratex’s ClusterStor™ 1500

Today we announced that Rutgers University has selected our new ClusterStor™ 1500 HPC storage solution to support its growing HPC needs.  In particular, they said they chose Xyratex because the ClusterStor 1500 is a “cost-effective, high-performing system from a vendor with significant experience implementing and supporting such systems.”  

Lustre® 2.4 Released

Xyratex is pleased to be part of the community that recently released the Lustre® 2.4 file system.  This release is a significant milestone in the evolution of this performance file system technology, and boasts many new capabilities and improvements that indicate how strong its growth and how vibrant its community are today.  Here are some of the new features: 

Introducing MyXyratex

We’re excited to introduce MyXyratex to the Xyratex community!  This new portal will enable our OEM customers, our partners and end users of Xyratex products to access relevant services, documentation and information using a single, customized web interface. Initial feedback to the site has been tremendous, and we expect you will similarly enjoy the efficiency, performance and ease of navigation to services found in the portal.

More specifically, the new services available via MyXyratex include:

Exascale10 at ISC – Recap

Xyratex recently organized and supported the Exascale10 (formerly EIOW) workgroup meeting at the Leipzig Marriott Hotel in Germany on June 20, 2013 after the closing of the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’13). Approximately 25 of the world’s leading experts in High Performance Computing (HPC) I/O and Storage attended the event from Europe and the United States.

Arista Switches Qualified For Use With ClusterStor HPC Storage Solutions

Last week we announced qualification of the Arista Networks 7050 Series of network switches for use with the ClusterStor™ family of scale-out high-performance computing (HPC) storage solutions. We chose to qualify Arista and their solutions due to the high performance, low power, low latency, buffer capacity and advanced network provisioning capabilities of their switches.