• HIGH PERFORMANCE
      SCALE-OUT PARALLEL
      FILE SYSTEM APPLIANCE
    • FILE STORAGE APPLIANCE FAMILY

GRIDScaler®

MASSIVELY SCALABLE PARALLEL FILE SYSTEM WITH NAS CONNECTIVITY

Leveraging over a decade of leadership in the highest end of Big Data, the GRIDScaler Parallel File system solution is designed to handle the diverse and dynamic demands of organizations looking to solve their Big Data challenges. GRIDScaler can scale diagonally to any performance and capacity limit by leveraging both scale-out and scale-up concepts. GRIDScaler’s inherent flexibility allows organizations to build a solution to fit their budget without getting shoehorned into a rigid configuration.

DDN GRIDScaler’s implementation of IBM® Spectrum Scale™ provides flexible choices for Enterprise-grade data protection, availability features, and the performance of a parallel file system coupled with DDN’s deep expertise and history of supporting highly efficient, large-scale deployments. GRIDScaler offers ease of access through traditional NFS or CIFS as well as the option for high performance client access through the PFS client. DDN is the #1 reseller of Spectrum Scale solutions, delivering performance-demanding users the highest performing hardware. By leveraging a close working relationship with IBM, DDN provides the performance and capacity systems that help deliver Spectrum Scale into the most demanding environments.

Enterprise class features like DirectProtect, DirectMon®, hierarchical storage management and Cloud extensions enable tiering to tier to a public cloud ensure the highest levels of reliability, minimize total cost of ownership and simplify geo-distribution of data for global organizations. Combined with the ability to scale out to dozens or even hundreds of petabytes while sustaining high mixed IO performance, GRIDScaler delivers complete data protection, data security and data management options to supplement a powerful file storage solution. With scalable data and metadata technology, the GRIDScaler solution eliminates all bottlenecks to achieve true parallelism and maximize application performance.

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GRIDSCALER HIGH PERFORMANCE, HYBRID STORAGE PLATFORM FEATURES

Spectrum Scale Express, Standard or Advanced Editions

Scale-Out and Scale-Up

Integrated Tiering: Storage Fusion Xcelerator® (SFX) Cache Acceleration; SSD storage; persistent disk storage; object storage (onsite or off site)

Data Management and Protection: Snapshots, synchronous and asynchronous replication, asynchronous
error diagnosis while affected I/O operations continue

Data Security: Native encryption; secure erase

Integrated Data Analytics: Hadoop connector

Cloud Connectivity (GS Gateway): OpenStack connector; higher performance migration to WOS; integrated single namespace tiering to on premise and off site for collaboration

Flexible Access

The Benefits of Traditional Scale Out NAS, Now With Performance for Data-Intensive Enterprise

Eliminates Traditional NAS Bottlenecks (SMB, NFS) with high-speed parallel client connectivity – up to 6 GB/s per client and optional Burst Buffer.

Open Architecture means faster availability of new technology – EDR InfiniBand, Omni-Connect, NVMe SSDs – and simpler integration with new software tools such as OpenStack SWIFT and Hadoop.

Eliminates sprawl with the industry’s highest capacity per rack. By consolidating multiple data types for ease of access, the GS14KX eliminates storage and data silos while reducing management cost, complexity and data risk.

Simplifies management by presenting a single, unified data view to users, administrators and applications across over any tier of storage including high performance, active archive, tape and cloud.

Decouples performance and capacity for complete cost control, better support and lower TCO through its ability to scale up or out. It ingests data at scale, reliably, with room to grow with inputs.

Hyperconverged Design

DDN’s more flexible architecture also means you take immediate advantage of new technologies, techniques and frameworks – NVM, EDR IB, 100 GbE, Big Data Analytics, Data Lakes – and even repurpose hardware or change file systems as needed.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DDN GRIDScaler Product Family Datasheet

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Industry-Leading Performance & Scale

 

DDN GRIDScaler parallel file system appliances combine the accessibility of network data protocols with the industry’s fastest and densest embedded storage solutions for 10-30x higher performance and 2-6x higher capacity per datacenter rack U.

DATA LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT
MADE SIMPLE

 

Easily migrate data between file systems and storage technologies, from primary storage to secondary storage and archive. Scalable to support hundreds of billions of items to a variety of secondary and archive targets, DDN DataMigrator delivers a robust set of storage and archive management tools to support all major file systems (Windows, Linux, UNIX, Mac) and is equipped to support a variety of storage platforms, including NetApp, HNAS and GPFS.

Lower Storage Costs for Infrequently Accessed Data

Migrate Data Between any File System & Storage Technology

Simplistic Monitoring and Policy-Based Data Movement

DDN DataMigrator Software Box

RICH SOFTWARE FEATURES

Scale-Out and Scale-Up

Add capacity and performance independently with the industry’s densest NAS to reduce sprawl, simplify management and control cost – up to 30x the performance and 3x the density of traditional Enterprise Scale Out NAS

SSD & Flash Acceleration

All SSD, or SSD-Accelerated Metadata, SSD-Acceleration for Specific Application(s)

  • ReACT Caching optimizes performance for small and mixed IO workloads coalescing malformed writes in cache so only well-formed IO goes to spinning media
  • Storage Fusion Xcelerator® (SFX) Cache Acceleration extends ReACT capabilities to tier(s) of SSD, pinning data or metadata, or dynamically warming cache based on file system or application hinting

Integrated Software Stack

Integrated Appliance with single view for installation, configuration and administration. Performance-optimized and extensively tested.

  • DDN SFAOS
  • Spectrum Scale Express, Standard or Advanced Editions
  • SFAOS/Spectrum Scale Integrated, installation, configuration and management tools

Integrated Tiering

Automatically tier data across SSD, HDD and Tape; across Performance, Active Archive, Deep Archive, Collaboration Cloud, Content Distribution Network

Data Management and Protection

Snapshots, synchronous and asynchronous replication, asynchronous, error diagnosis while affected I/O operations continue and compression, protect file system performance with QoS

Cloud Connectivity

OpenStack Swift, S3; higher performance migration to WOS; integrated single namespace tiering to on premise and off site for collaboration

Integrated Data Analytics

Hadoop connector support

Multi-Protocol Support

NFS, SMB, OpenStack Swift, S3

Data Security

Native encryption; secure erase, WORM

USE CASES

GRIDScaler® Configurations & Specifications

GRIDScaler is factory built-to-order parallel file system & NAS system that arrives to your data center, tuned, optimized and ready to deploy. Below you will find more information on the components that make-up the solution and allow for flexibility in configuration. Our team of Sales Engineers and Solution Architects will work with you to create the exact configuration that meets your environment’s unique performance, capacity and business requirements.

EXPLORE MODELS: MEET THE UNDERLYING STORAGE SYSTEMS

GS7KX®

  • Turnkey simplicity featuring DDN SFA7700X Appliance and Spectrum Scale Parallel File System
  • NAS connectivity and Cloud extensions
  • Enterprise features including Snapshots and Rollback, Quotas, Replication, Cloud Connectivity, CIFS/NFS and Data Tiering
  • Multi-level data protection capabilities like flexible RAID, integrated backup and DirectProtect
  • Base configurations starting at 6 GB/s and 240 TB
  • Scales to hundreds of GB/sec and hundreds of PBs of capacity

 

GS7KX Data Sheet

GS12KX®

  • Easy to deploy server-less, embedded Spectrum Scale Parallel File System and DDN SFA12KXE Appliance
  • Performance for mixed workloads: IOPS: 850K; Bandwidth: 20GB/s
  • Up to 1,680 drives in 45U with ten SS8460 Enclosures
  • Multiple systems support over 1TB/s & dozens of Petabytes

 

GS12K® Appliance
GS12K Product

GS14KX®

  • Easy to deploy server-less, embedded Spectrum Scale Parallel File System Appliance
  • Performance for mixed workloads: Up to 50GB/s per Appliance
  • Starts under 100TB, scales to 9PB per Rack
  • Multiple systems support over 1TB/s & dozens of Petabytes

 

DDN GRIDScaler Product Family Datasheet

EXTERNAL SERVER

  • Power of the Spectrum Scale Parallel File System in a flexible configuration of 1U servers
  • SFA7700X Appliance base configurations starting at 6 GB/s and 240 TB
  • SFA12KX® Appliance based configurations support over 1TB/s and dozens of Petabytes
  • Performance for mixed workloads up to 1.7M IOPS and 48GB/s bandwidth
  • Up to 228 drives in 12U with two SS8460 Enclosures
  • Up to 180 drives in 12U with two SS8000 Enclosures

CUSTOM

DDN’s architecture allows you to scale-up for performance or scale-out for capacity. Whether your environment needs to be performance or capacity-intensive, our Sales Engineers will architect a customized configuration to create the ideal blend of compute and capacity to meet your application and workflow requirements.

SPECIFICATIONS

GS7KX® GS12KX® GS14KX®

PROTOCOLS

NFS v3, CIFS SMB 1.0, 2.0 and 2.1, Linux and Windows Parallel FS Clients

PERFORMANCE

Up to 12GB/s per Base Enclosure Up to 20GB/s per Base Enclosure Up to 50GB/s per Base Enclosure

METADATA

All GRIDScaler appliances feature distributed metadata

STORAGE HOST PORTS

4 x 56Gb/s FDR InfiniBand™ Ports or 4 x40GbE 16 x 10/40GbE Host Port or 16 x 56Gb Infiniband™ Host Port; Support for InfiniBand RDMA I/O 8x InfiniBand™ EDR/FDR or Ethernet; 4x Intel® Omni-Path

DRIVE SUPPORT

SSD, Performance SAS and Capacity SAS/SATA drives, 3.5” 60 in base unit, 396 with expansion enclosures Supported Drive Types: NL SAS or SSD Supported Drive Sizes: LFF 3.5” and SFF 2.5”: 0 in base unit, 1,680 with expansion Supported Drive Types: NL SAS or SSD Supported Drive Sizes: LFF 3.5” and SFF 2.5”: 72 in base unit, 1,752 with expansion enclosures

FILE SERVERS PER BASE ENCLOSURE

All GRIDScaler appliances feature 4 NSDs

SUPPORTED RAID LEVELS

RAID 1/5/6

DATA PROTECTION

Up to 256 Snapshots per Volume – policy driven, Snapshot Rollback, DirectProtect & DirectProtect+, Online & Automatic Storage Rebalancing, High Speed Defragmentation

REPLICATION

Synchronous Data and Metadata, Asynchronous using WOS

CAPACITY OPTIMIZATION

Software-defined inline data deduplication

DATA AND SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Quotas (users, groups, file sets) DirectMon Centralized configuration and monitoring solution Optional GRIDScaler Bridge Migrates data across GRIDScaler and WOS Object storage for active archive & cloud collaboration Optional DDN® DataMigrator for automatic data migration form any file system to any storage device Optional DDN ArchiveDirector™ for Policy-based tiered storage and data migration with mirroring, replication, encryption Optimized Backup

CUSTOM CONFIGURATIONS

Custom configurations of GRIDScaler, including configurations with external NSDs are available

The Technology Behind The World’s
Leading Data-Driven Organizations

The modern data center requires next generation NAS solutions to keep pace and efficiently deliver high speed data ingest and processing, as well as long-term data retention and global collaboration. Let us assess your business objectives & technical requirements and prescribe a solution that fits your needs and budget.