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Colfax Announces Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre* Software-based Appliance to Simplify Big Data Management and Storage

Complete turnkey solution to make big data processing and storage easier to deploy, easier to manage, and less expensive to operate

DENVER, CO. — SC13 - November 19, 2013 - Colfax International, a leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Enterprise IT solutions, today announced the Colfax ClusterEdge L2200x - a Lustre-powered enterprise solution optimized to address key storage and data throughput challenges of HPC-class computing for a broad spectrum of commercial organizations, both large and small.

Enterprises of all kinds now generate huge volumes of data. There is an ever-increasing need for a storage infrastructure that can scale endlessly and deliver large volume I/O for high-throughput data processing. Lustre is an open source parallel distributed file system and key storage technology that ties together data and enables extremely fast access. Lustre has become the popular choice for storage in HPC environments for its ability to support tens of thousands of client systems and tens of petabytes of storage with access speeds well over 1 terabyte per second.

Colfax ClusterEdge L2200x unleashes the Lustre parallel file system as an enterprise platform to efficiently manage and quickly access large volumes of data to turn valuable information into actionable insight. Colfax chose Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre* software (Intel® EE for Lustre* software), a commercial-grade version of Lustre as an integral component of the ClusterEdge L2200x. Intel EE for Lustre allows enterprises with large scale, high-bandwidth storage to tap into the power and scalability of Lustre, but with the simplified installation, configuration and monitoring features of Intel Manager for Lustre, a management solution purpose-built for the Lustre file system. Intel Manager for Lustre helps bring the performance benefits of Lustre to data-intensive businesses and organizations without the need for highly specialized technical administrators.

A stable, commercial-ready version of Lustre, bundled with smart management tools, helps bring the benefits of high performance computing to a broad range of businesses, including smaller and mid-sized companies with more limited technology resources. HPC capacity can deliver a higher level of computing power and throughput, and make available information and insights derived from big data and compute-intensive applications—such as advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis—to a new tier of enterprise users.

"Enterprise users are looking for cost-effective and scalable tools to efficiently manage and quickly access large volumes of data to analyze and derive value from their data flows," said Gautam Shah, president and CEO of Colfax International. "The addition of the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre to ClusterEdge L2200x will help make it easier and more affordable for businesses to move, store and process data quickly and efficiently."

Using Lustre In Conjunction With Apache Hadoop*
When organizations operate both Lustre and Hadoop within a shared infrastructure, there is a strong case for using Lustre as the file system for Hadoop analytics as well as HPC storage. Hadoop users can access any Lustre files directly from Hadoop, without the need to copy them over to the Hadoop environment. Colfax ClusterEdge L2200x pairs Intel EE for Lustre software with the Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop, allowing Hadoop to be run on top of Lustre, significantly improving speed in which data can be accessed and analyzed. This allows users to access data files directly from the global file system at faster rates and speeds up analytics time, providing more productive use of storage assets as well as simpler storage management.

Key Features of the Colfax ClusterEdge L2200x Includes:

  • Wide range of servers based on Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 V2 Product Family
  • 24 DIMMs for up to 768GB and 4x 3.5" HDDs or 8x 2.5" HDDs / SSDs per Management Node
  • 24 DIMMs for up to 768GB and 12x 3.5" HDDs or 24x 2.5" HDDs / SSDs per Storage Node
  • InfiniBand or 10 Gigabit Ethernet Interconnect
  • Intel EE for Lustre - a stable, commercial-ready version of Lustre
  • Centralized, GUI-based administration for management simplicity
  • Real-time system monitoring for maximum availability
  • I/O throughput in excess of 1 terabyte per second
  • Operate both Lustre and Apache Hadoop* within a shared infrastructure

Availability
The Colfax ClusterEdge L2200x introduced today is immediately available.

About Colfax International
Colfax International is a global provider of customized workstations, servers, clusters, storage and personal supercomputing solutions. Founded in 1987, Colfax International is based in Sunnyvale, California and is privately held. For more information, please visit www.colfax-intl.com.

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