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13 STORAGE SOLUTIONS MARCH 2017 STORAGE SOLUTIONS NETAPP REVEALS NAB PLANS SUNNYVALE, CA — NetApp ( will show its E-Series storage array at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month. Designed for post houses and broadcast facilities, the E-Series is supported by Quantum, Pixit Media, Scale Logic and EditShare file systems. The NetApp E-Series production storage platform offers 99.999 percent reliability, eliminating concerns about dropped frames in 4K workflows. Operations can choose between RAID resiliency schemes, including Dynamic Disk Pools that dramatically reduce disk rebuild time, provide more consistent performance, and eliminate the need for hot or cold spares. Use of flash technology in hybrid arrays optimizes support for ancillary transcoding and rendering workflows. The E-Series storage array will be demonstrated in the ATTO booth and at the Scale Logic booth at the NAB Show. NetApp will also show its ONTAP 9 operating system, which runs on the recently released AFF and hybrid FAS systems. The ONTAP9 provides mature data management tools that improve efficiencies for virtualized application storage and resiliency for content storage. It also offers better application performance than other scale-out NAS offerings in most broadcast media workloads. AVID'S NEXIS|E5 At next month's NAB Show in Las Vegas, Avid ( will showcase NEXIS|E5, the company's enterprise-class, hyper-density stor- age engine, which offers realtime editorial collaboration and high levels of scalability, performance and client connections. NEXIS|E5 provides 40GbE connectivity and 80- to 480TBs of storage capacity per engine, with the ability to scale up to 1.4PBs of capacity and 9.6GBps of bandwidth. INTERSECT360 SURVEY RANKS DDN NUMBER ONE AS HPC STORAGE MARKET LEADER & TOP SUPPLIER SANTA CLARA, CA — DataDirect Networks (www.ddn. com) was again ranked as the top storage provider among HPC sites surveyed by Intersect360. For the third consecutive year, DDN posted the largest share of installed systems at HPC sites and held its solid lead over other storage providers at HPC sites surveyed in Intersect360 Research's "Top of All Things in HPC" sur- vey. This report caps off a year of strong recognition of DDN as the performance storage leader that included awards ranging from best HPC storage product/tech- nology company, best big data innovator, best storage company and best enterprise NAS to leadership recog- nition in IDC's MarketScape report. DDN results showed that it had the largest share of installed systems at HPC sites (14.8 percent), gaining almost a full percentage point over the previous year. DDN's closest competitors follow at 12.7 and 11.0 per- cent, and all other suppliers had less than 10 percent share of reported storage systems. According to DDN, it feels that its continued strong showing is a testament to the success of the company's focus on solving the toughest data access and management challenges to deliver consistent, cost-effective performance at scale. "High-performance sites are incredibly challeng- ing IT environments with massive data requirements across very diverse application and user types," says Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing, DDN. "Because we are a leader in this space, we have the expertise to provide the optimal solutions for tradi- tional and commercial high-performance customers to ensure they are maximizing their compute investment with the right storage infrastructure." Intersect360 Research forecasts storage to be the fastest growing hardware sector in HPC, and accord- ing to a recent DDN survey, end users in the world's most data-intense environments, like those in many general IT environments, are increasing their use of cloud. However, unlike general IT environments, the HPC sector is overwhelmingly opting for private and hybrid clouds instead of the public cloud. More than 90 percent of HPC sites surveyed are modernizing their data centers with flash, with the largest cited use cases being flash acceleration of parallel file sys- tem metadata, specific application data and specific end-user data. Survey responses show that I/O performance and rapid data growth remain the biggest issues for HPC organizations — a circumstance that favors continuing strong demand for DDN technologies that are leading the market in solving these challenges.

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