DataDirect Networks (DDN) Enhances File System Offerings With Big Data Features and Pushes Aggregate Performance Beyond 1 Terabyte per Second

DDN’s Updated ExaScaler™ and GridScaler™ File Systems Offer New Ease-Of-Use Features and Scalable Performance for the Biggest Big Data Applications

CHATSWORTH, CA — (November 9, 2011) — DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world’s largest privately held information storage company, today announced enhancements to its ExaScaler™ and GridScaler™ file storage platforms for Big Data applications, while leveraging DDN’s newly announced SFA12K series of Big Data appliances to scale with fewer systems, less data center space and less complexity than any other storage platform.

“DDN technology has long been a platform of choice for organizations that need to scale far beyond conventional file system and online archive limits,” said John Barr, Research Director of High Performance Computing at the 451 Group. “Today DDN has reaffirmed its position at the vanguard of the scalable systems marketplace, and as an important leader of the nascent Big Data era.”

DDN’s enhancements to its scale-out storage portfolio include:

ExaScaler, DDN’s hyperscale supercomputing storage platform powered by the Lustre file system, is now built with highly intuitive and powerful GUI-based file storage management tools designed to radically simplify and automate the management of hyperscale file storage.

GridScaler, DDN’s enterprise parallel file storage platform, is now configurable to support both Linux and Windows® file system clients and scalable to support over 10 Petabytes of file system capacity in a single volume.

“More than any other company, DDN understands the unique requirements of demanding data-intensive applications that operate at hyperscale,” said Jeff Denworth, Vice President of Marketing at DataDirect Networks. “Every day, we turn this expertise into the engineering and precision delivery highly scalable and simple parallel file storage infrastructure. DDN is happy to announce factory-integrated, plug-and-play systems that have been proven in the world’s most demanding supercomputing and Big Data environments to ensure the continued scalability of our customers’ unbounded ambition.”

DDN’s ExaScaler and GridScaler offerings are factory-configured to be installed and operational within hours of delivery and plug-and-play-ready. With the SFA12K-20E, DDN has engineered its In-Storage Computing™ system virtualization into the storage array to eliminate the need for storage gateways and to increase ROI by reducing the latency, complexity and expense of building parallel file storage environments, as shown at

New SFA12K-based configurations of ExaScaler and GridScaler will be available in Q2 2012 and are available immediately for order.

About the SFA12K

DDN’s SFA12K series of Big Data appliances are the world’s fastest big data storage systems and are designed specifically to resolve the challenges associated with capturing, processing and distributing data at hyperscale proportions.

The SFA12K series includes the SFA12K-E, a 20GB/s parallel file storage appliance featuring In-Storage Processing which enables organizations to embed scale-out file system services and data-intensive applications; the SFA12K-20, a scale-up storage platform which is capable of operating at 20GB/s and delivering over 850K sustained Flash IOPS; and the SFA12K-40, the fastest system in the portfolio and is capable of operating at 40GB/s and delivering over 1.7 million sustained Flash IOPS.

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About DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world’s largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world’s leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security and intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN’s solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world’s most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today’s information powered enterprise.

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