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IBM takes to the cloud for storage scalability

Posted: 15 Jul 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Also many technical and scientific programmes today only occasionally need the supercomputer-calibre performance offered by cloud computing centres, making it a chore to upload petabytes of data just for a few runs of the same software they are mostly running locally on their own servers. IBM claims its cloud-based solution makes it easier for users to run in "hybrid" modes where some datasets are processed locally while others are run on the cloud.

"One of our goals is to make this experience as easy as possible from the user's standpoint," Westoby told us:

Making it easier by having a hybrid-based cloud environment, by having the software infrastructure available locally as well as available in the cloud-based environment, and minimising the administrative burden and the cost burden, yields a complete solution with a ready-to-run software, storage, and service environment in the cloud.

Users can choose between IBM's Platform Symphony or Platform Load Sharing Facility (LSF) workload management software operating over InfiniBand networks on dedicated bare-metal servers located at the user's choice of 40 datacentres IBM promises by the end of 2014.

IBM Elastic Storage overview. Source: IBM

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