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DataDirect Networks (DDN) Receives HPCWire Editors’ Choice Award for Revolutionary Storage Application Platform

SFA10000E virtualized storage technology integrating open application architecture to deliver extraordinary performance, density and simplicity propels DDN to prestigious industry honor for sixth time in seven years

NEW ORLEANS — (November 16, 2010) — DataDirect Networks (DDN), the leading data infrastructure provider for the world’s most scalable, content-intensive enterprises, today announced that its revolutionary new storage appliance, the DDN SFA10000E, has been recognized with a prestigious HPCWire Editors’ Choice Award presented at the 2010 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC10), in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the sixth time a DDN product has been honored with the HPC Editors’ Choice Award in the past seven years.

The SFA10000E is the only storage platform that provides both an open, virtualized server and high availability storage resources in a single consolidated platform, making it the ideal solution for application environments characterized by high capacity requirements and I/O intensive workloads. Clustered file system services, in particular, benefit the from reduced latency and high bandwidth of the Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA ). Gridscaler and Exascaler, which embed the Lustre® file system (the OSSs) or IBM’s GPFS (the NSDs) are available today. Embedding the file system servers within the storage device reduces the number of servers, infrastructure requirements and network connections which in turn reduces complexity, power consumption and cooling requirements. As the sheer mass of data explodes, many types of applications from data mining to high energy physics to web searches will benefit from being able to bring the processing closer to the data being processed. DDN has taken a leadership position in this important new direction.

“We are honored once again to receive this coveted award from the industry experts at HPCWire,” said Alex Bouzari, CEO, DataDirect Networks. “All around the world, high-performance computing labs are breaking through traditional barriers for performance and scalability, and they are doing so with DDN technology. The SFA10000E offers higher performance, higher availability and lower cost of ownership than alternative solutions, and we are pleased to serve the HPC community with technology built from the ground up for its unique demands.”

“HPCWire readers and editors are among the most informed in the HPC community, and these awards represent the HPC-related companies making the biggest impacts in mind-share within this community,” said Tom Tabor, publisher of HPCwire. “The HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards send a strong message to the recipients that those in the global HPC community recognize their work, and consider their efforts meritorious. Congratulations to DDN and all the winners.”