Collision of black holes unleashes BEAST

14 June 2016

Nexsan’s E-Series and BEAST storage systems are helping LIGO's scientists deal with more than 6.4PB of research data.

Nexsan’s E-Series and BEAST storage systems are helping LIGO's scientists deal with more than 6.4PB of research data.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) is using Nexsan’s unified solutions to store more than 6.4PB of research data that confirm a major prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

LIGO was developed by Caltech in collaboration with MIT. It consists of two widely separated interferometers – one in Hanford, Washington and the other in Livingston, Louisiana.

They are operated in unison to detect the presence of ripples in spacetime, or gravitational waves, that were first predicted by Einstein as part of his general theory of relativity in 1915.

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Software defined storage vital for creating “unfettered” scale

07 June 2016

The new StorSelect DX8200C combines Lenovo’s servers with Cloudian’s HyperStore smart object storage software.

The new StorSelect DX8200C combines Lenovo’s servers with Cloudian’s HyperStore smart object storage software.

Lenovo claims its new object storage appliances will disrupt the $87 billion data centre technology market. 

The company will use Cloudian HyperStore as the object storage software for its new StorSelect DX8200C appliance. It claims the device will deliver HyperStore’s full S3 compatibility, unlimited scalability, multi-tenancy and data policy management in an easy to deploy and support appliance. 

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Disk is ‘dying’ as adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure and software-defined storage accelerates

14 January 2016

The future of storage in the data centre according to respondents in ActualTech Media and Atlantis Computing’s survey.

The future of storage in the data centre according to respondents in ActualTech Media and Atlantis Computing’s survey.

There has been accelerated growth of hyperconverged infrastructure and software-defined storage in data centres, according to research conducted by ActualTech Media in partnership with Atlantis Computing.

Its survey of 1,267 data centre leaders reveals that while 75 per cent of organisations currently use disk-based storage, only 44 per cent have it as part of their future infrastructure plans. 

Seventy one per cent of respondents said they either already use or are considering the adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure or software-defined storage.

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Combined backup solution aims to improve speed, flexibility and cost efficiency for data centres

10 December 2015

According to ExaGrid, its unique scale-out GRID architecture allows for faster data backups.

ExaGrid has partnered with Zerto for the delivery of complementary backup solutions that aim to greatly improve data centre performance and cost efficiency. 

Zerto specialises in enterprise-class business continuity (BC) and disaster recover (DR) solutions as well as continuous data replications. It will now use ExaGrid’s disk-based backup storage and data deduplication architecture. 

The platform enables the most recent Zerto backup of Tier 1 VMs in a ‘Virtual Protection Group’ to be stored in an ExaGrid Landing Zone in its native format for fast restores and boot-ups. Long-term copies of these offsite backups are then retained in the ExaGrid repository as deduplicated data. 

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