by Michael Rink

DDN EXA5 Unveiled At ISC High Performance Conference

Today, DDN (DataDirect Networks) announced EXA5, the next generation of DDN’s EXAScaler Storage and is showcasing it at the ISC High Performance Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. DataDirect Networks (DDN) was founded in 1998 and provides block and file storage platforms as well as associated appliances and tools. The ISC High Performance conference has been running annually in Europe since 1986 and was previously known as the International Supercomputing Conference.

What is DDN EXA5?

DataDirect Networks (DDN) EXA5 is the next generation of their parallel file system solution, EXAScaler. According to the company, EXA5 will come in a variety of options, including both on-premise or through either Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud. Five models have been revealed so far, ranging from HDD based to full flash with hybrid configurations in between. All models will run DDN’s Lustre 2.12. EXA5 introduces several new data management and integrity file system features. Stratagem is a data orchestration engine that gives users data residency controls using policy-based placement. Hot Pools intelligently moves data between high-performance flash and large capacity disk. EXA5 will also sport a native T10DIF implementation for end-to-end data protection as well as KMIP and FIPS. With this next generation of platforms, DDN is also expanding the integration with their DDN Insight tool that provides real-time visibility into software and appliances. DDN Insight sorts running jobs by metadata activity and throughput operations to help identify problem jobs. 

EXA5 will provide a NAS type interface. DDN hopes this will allow non-native DDN Lustre users to export file systems through DDN CIFS and NFS gateways. The solution can also scale horizontally as needed to maintain consistency and lock semantics with Linux/Unix and Windows systems.

DDN EXA 5 Availability

EXA5 solutions will be available directly from DDN and through certified partners early in the third quarter of this calendar year.


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