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LSI Introduces High-Performance, High-Density HPC Storage System
Posted by Ken Farmer, Tuesday November 16 2010 @ 06:26AM EST

New Engenio 2600-HD storage system enables up to 40GB/s of throughput and 1.8 petabytes of capacity in a single standard rack

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 15, 2010 -- SC10 -- LSI Corporation today introduced the Engenio(R) 2600-HD high-density storage system, purpose-built to meet the demanding data requirements of high-performance computing (HPC) file systems. The system offers exceptional performance and a highly scalable, dense architecture that is designed to help HPC organizations maximize productivity and achieve a quicker time to results, while minimizing data center floor space and overall energy expenditures.

The Engenio 2600-HD system consists of two LSI(TM) 6Gb/s SAS-based controllers integrated into the new Engenio DE6600 high-density SAS drive enclosure. The system is capable of sustaining up to 4GB/s of throughput and housing up to 60 SAS drives in a 4U space.

The company also introduced a new family of StorageStak solutions, which provide LSI storage system customers with reference configurations designed to address specific HPC requirements and challenges. One of the first solution configurations in the StorageStak family is the DenseStak(TM) solution. The DenseStak solution consists of up to ten 2600-HD systems configured in a standard 40U Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) rack to provide users with industry-leading performance of up to 40GB/s sustained throughput and scalability to 600 drives. Using three terabyte SAS drives, the DenseStak solution can scale to 1.8 petabytes of raw storage capacity. The DenseStak solution delivers the industry's highest throughput per rack and can reduce power consumption by as much as 23 percent and data center floor space by up to 60 percent compared to the previous-generation product.

"The Lustre and General Parallel File System implementations found in today's HPC market demand scalability in throughput and capacity without sacrificing data access," said Addison Snell, CEO, Intersect360 Research. "At the same time, HPC organizations need systems that can maximize the available data center floor space. The Engenio 2600-HD is designed for high performance and scalability in a dense architecture and is well positioned to meet the needs of a wide range of HPC customers."

Continuous data access and protection

The 2600-HD system provides high-availability features and extensive online administration and maintenance capabilities that are designed to ensure continuous access to data. Stored data is protected with enhanced features such as proactive drive health monitoring, hardware-assisted RAID 6 and persistent cache backup.

The high-density storage enclosure also features front-loading drive drawers that enhance serviceability and data availability, keeping drives online while the drawer is open. Controlled drawer movement allows each 12-drive drawer to be extended and individual drives to be replaced without affecting the operation of other drives, overall system performance or access to data.

"In HPC environments, storage solutions are judged by the rate at which data can be accessed, processed and distributed," said Steve Hochberg, senior director, HPC segment, LSI. "Performance is no longer the only criteria for meeting these demands as new challenges are emerging that make system scalability, reliability and density per footprint key elements of the selection process. The Engenio 2600-HD system delivers a high-performance, cost-effective storage solution that raises the bar on meeting these new requirements."

The Engenio 2600-HD benefits from more than thirty years of LSI design knowledge and storage expertise. With well over 200 petabytes deployed in HPC environments and more than 500,000 systems shipped across a wide range of workloads and market segments, LSI Engenio storage systems are trusted by the world's leading OEMs to deliver superior performance and reliability that meets customers' escalating data management requirements.

A demonstration of the Engenio 2600-HD storage system will be available at the SC10 conference (Booth #2946) taking place November 15-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

More information about the LSI HPC business is available at: http://www.lsi.com/hpc

Partner Quotes

"RAID Inc. is very excited about the storage performance and scalability that the new Engenio 2600-HD system offers our GPFS customers," said Bob Picardi, CEO, RAID Inc. "Delivering 4GB/s throughput in a system of this compact size and price, with the ability to scale to 40GB/s in one rack, makes the Engenio 2600-HD highly competitive with the large, dense monolithic systems that are twice the cost." http://www.raidinc.com

"The long-term strategic relationship between LSI and SGI has yielded world-class storage solutions and benchmark results for the highly competitive midrange high-performance market," said Jose Reinoso, vice president of Storage, SGI. "With the introduction of the new Engenio 2600-HD, which will be integrated into the SGI InfiniteStorage 5000 product line, we look forward to continuing this tradition and offering HPC customers a system featuring aggressive price performance coupled with enterprise-class reliability." http://www.sgi.com

"Terascala's large-scale Lustre appliance is all about price/performance, capacity and reliability in an easy to deploy and maintain solution. The new Engenio 2600-HD system fits right into that equation," said Steve Butler, CEO, Terascala, Inc. "When you combine the capacity-per-footprint and reliability of the Engenio 2600-HD with the superior throughput that it has demonstrated in our labs, the system becomes a critical component of the complete Terascala solution that addresses the complexity and processing demands of today's high performance computing applications." http://www.terascala.com

About LSI

LSI Corporation is a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies that enable products, which seamlessly bring people, information and digital content together. The company offers a broad portfolio of capabilities and services including custom and standard product ICs, adapters, systems and software that are trusted by the world's best known brands to power leading solutions in the Storage and Networking markets. More information is available at http://www.lsi.com

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