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IBM Stores Petabytes in Samba

Billions and Petabytes

  • February 12, 2010
  • By Paul Shread
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled its entry in the growing market for clustered network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

IBM said its new Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) offering can scale both capacity and performance while providing parallel access to data and a global name space that can manage billions of files and up to 14.4 petabytes of capacity.

The new offering is a hardware-based expansion of Big Blue's Scale Out File Services and is based on IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS).

The Samba-based systems include management nodes, switches, interface nodes, data storage nodes, RAID controllers and expansion units, and offer snapshot capabilities, tiered storage and HSM through Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).

The NAS systems include Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gigabit Ethernet and 20Gbps InfiniBand connections, and users can combine up to 30 interface nodes and 30 240-drive storage pods to reach 7.2PB with 1TB drives and 14.4PB with 2TB drives, which will be coming in April...

Read the rest of this clustered storage story at Enterprise Storage Forum.

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