Overcoming NAS Bottlenecks in HPC

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

As the ability of accessing large computing environments eases with the use of cloud, more and more companies are facing storage challenges in high performance computing (HPC) workloads. As innovation brings larger projects to IT infrastructure, managers are faced with performance, capacity, and budget issues. So how can storage bottlenecks be prevented? 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, HPC, Technology Community

BIG Data IT Infrastructure Challenges For Federal Agencies

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Analytics is a growing and important part of using data to help agencies achieve goals and serve constituents. The ability to gain actionable insights from the ever-growing stored data sets allows us to not only understand trends and problems where we couldn’t before, but also allows for new innovations to discover products and services that facilitate innovation and solve dilemmas.

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Federal Government

Better Storage Performance: Alternatives to Expanding or Replacing NAS Arrays

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Like a 50th birthday, the time to expand or replace storage creeps up sooner than you expect. It always seems like yesterday that the storage was racked and stacked and a sense of distance comforted everyone—it will be so long from now until we fill this thing. And then one day, you wake up and realize that time is running out. That shiny new storage isn’t looking so shiny anymore. It seems slow and a bit sluggish and people complain about it.

Sometimes, it seems like you can put it off a bit longer, biding your time until some big project sneaks up and exacerbates the issue, turning what was just on the radar into an emergency. Pre-planning over long periods of time is smart if you can afford it. But push the envelope and you may just find yourself expanding and replacing when you really can’t afford the time to be moving large data sets and reconfiguring your storage. 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Enterprise Storage, NFS Acceleration

The New FXT 5000 Edge Filer Series

Posted by Rebecca Thompson on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

This week, Avere announced a new series of our popular FXT Edge filers - the FXT 5600 and the FXT 5400. This series is the most powerful hybrid cloud storage product on the market to date. As stated in the recent ZDNet arcticle, this series is bringing speed back into storage for demanding workflows. 

The new FXT 5000 Edge filer series is comprised of two models – the 5400 and 5600. Major enhancements include:

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Enterprise Storage, Technology Community

RVX's Unique Icelandic Formula: Building a Cost-Effective IT Infrastructure

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

In looking at the resume of Reykjavík Visual Effects (RVX), it is easy to see that they are clearly doing something right. In a country that is home to just over 323,000 people, Iceland is making its mark in the film production industry and RVX is leading the way. Some studios in areas where access to a talent pool is considered much greater like New York, Los Angeles or London, would drool over the opportunity to lay claim to projects like Gravity, Contraband, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and of course, current release Everest.

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Data Center Management, Media & Entertainment

Managing the EDA Grid Workload

Posted by Andy Chan on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) is a segment of the software industry that helps engineers and scientists design innovative electronic and software products faster and more cost-effective. Given the innovative nature of the EDA environment, its performance demands tend to be resource intensive. Since its inception in the 1980s, the EDA community have been early adaptors of grid computing largely due to the performance limitations of a single computer (node) to run complex simulation, emulation, regression tests and software build jobs, all of the workflows that make up a large part of the design process. 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, NFS Acceleration, EDA

33% Productivity Gain, 500% More Delivery Capacity

Posted by Joy Burd on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

I'm happy to share yet another success story from an Avere customer, Deluxe Media Acton. Enjoy!

Deluxe Media Deploys Avere for Fast, Highest-quality Broadcast Content Preparation

From the jet-engine roar and bold colors of a Formula 1 car to the below-stairs whispers and blackest-black mourning dresses of Downton Abbey, the sights and sounds of broadcast programming must be flawlessly discernible and authentic to viewing audiences. To ensure such consistent quality, major United Kingdom broadcasters rely on London-based Deluxe Media Acton to prepare program assets for transmission.
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Topics: NAS Optimization, Media & Entertainment, Rendering & Transcoding

Animation IT: Powerhouse Increases Output

Posted by Joy Burd on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

I am delighted to share our first customer case study from France. In the country that brings the world many delightful things, we add an animation force that rivals the best. In this case study, the Illumination Mac Guff team talks about using Avere to not only improve production, but reduce costs and keep a vendor-neutral storage strategy in place moving forward. 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Media & Entertainment, Rendering & Transcoding

Artist Euphoria Spreads with 18x Render Performance Bump

Posted by Joy Burd on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 01:45 PM

Our latest case study is out and this one was especially fun to produce, in part because Greg was so pleased with our solution. He told me a story of watching his colleagues break for lunch and while they were gone, he started up his new Avere cluster. Upon their return, all were floored at the difference in rendering speeds - he became their hero over the lunch hour. Read more about Greg and the ToonBox experience and then be sure to add The Nut Job to your watch list. It's available on iTunes and hits Netflix and Amazon this month.

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Media & Entertainment, Rendering & Transcoding

Storage Capacity & Performance Enablement for Scientific Discoveries

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Yesterday, we announced the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) has chosen Avere for access to the world’s largest, centralized repository of whole genome sequence data. Companies like Inova are finding that Avere will allow for flexibility in their IT infrastructures as data continues to grow exponentially. With bridging common EMC Isilon storage filers to cost effective cloud providers like Amazon, IT can support researchers in meeting their goals, whether that is discovery, publishing, or market-ready drug development. 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Cloud Storage, Life Sciences