Seagate is to integrate IBM's Spectrum Scale software into its ClusterStor high performance storage to deliver a new software-defined storage (SDS) appliance that will offer more choice for high performance computing (HPC) customers.
The new ClusterStor appliance is set to be available towards the end of 2015, and will help Seagate customers better meet the demands of data-intensive workloads, such as genomic research, data analytics, financial model analysis and electronic design simulations, Seagate said.
The ClusterStor family of high performance scale-out storage systems is based on technology Seagate gained with the acquisition of Xyratex in 2013.
It has traditionally operated using the open source Lustre distributed file system, but Seagate will offer customers IBM's Spectrum Scale SDS system based on the IBM General Parallel File System.
Seagate said that, while ClusterStor helps solve today's toughest HPC storage challenges, the IBM Spectrum Scale platform helps clients manage huge amounts of data globally in a fast and easy way from a single dashboard.
"The newly engineered system will bring the capabilities of IBM Spectrum Scale together with the unique performance efficiency and scalability of Seagate's ClusterStor systems, helping clients to manage demanding, data-hungry HPC applications more efficiently than before," said Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager of Seagate Systems Group.
IBM Spectrum Scale was announced earlier this year as a repackaging of the software platform that drives the firm's own high-end XIV storage systems.
Spectrum Scale runs on Linux, AIX and Windows systems, and IBM recently announced that it also is available for Linux on IBM's z System mainframe platform.
Bernie Spang, IBM's vice president for software-defined infrastructure, hailed the Seagate move as a key victory for IBM's technology,
"Growing the ecosystem is a significant element of our SDS growth strategy," he said. "With the IBM Spectrum Storage portfolio, IBM has created building blocks for partners to deliver new and creative technology solutions."
Earlier this week Intel and HP announced their intention to work more closely together on HPC systems, in an effort to encourage more firms to engage with big data analytics.
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