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November 2022 Hammerspace Newsletter

It’s the November issue of the Hammerspace newsletter, and we’re thankful for you – our readers!

This month is all about high performance for file data architectures. Recently we unveiled the performance our production customers are achieving when creating data on servers at the edge, in clusters in HPC centers and the data center, and in the cloud with the Hammerspace Data Environment. 

Hammerspace will never be a bottleneck in the data path. Our software allows organizations to take full advantage of the performance capabilities of any server, storage system and network anywhere in the world. This enables a unified, fast, and efficient global data environment for the entire workflow, from data creation to processing, collaboration, and archiving across edge devices, data centers, and public and private clouds.

The improvements in our latest software release reflect a maturity of the platform that has been put to the test in demanding customer user cases. Hammerspace has demonstrated that it can deliver fast throughput and high IOPS for primary storage, data orchestration, and decentralized file access that can scale up and out linearly to saturate the performance of any server, storage, and network environment. This enables customers to fine-tune their environments to achieve even extreme performance requirements with complete flexibility on which infrastructure they prefer. With Hammerspace:

  • IT administrators can use a single solution to bridge existing storage silos to enable global data access, administration, and protection across multiple vendor storage types and locations.  
  • Data security is ensured by eliminating unwanted copy proliferation and implementing automated service-level objectives based upon business rules to globally manage and  protect all data across any storage type and location for the entire organization.
  • Data is globally available to any authorized user or application, on any infrastructure and in any location, anywhere in the world.

“Technology typically follows a continuum of incremental advancements over previous generations. But every once in a while, a quantum leap forward is taken with innovation that changes paradigms. This was the case at Fusion-IO when we invented the concept of highly-reliable high-performance SSDs that ultimately became the NVMe technology,” said  David Flynn, founder and CEO of Hammerspace and previous co-founder and CEO of Fusion-IO, in our press release.

Flynn continued,  “Another paradigm shift is upon us to create high-performance global data architectures incorporating instruments and sensors, edge sites, data centers, and diverse cloud regions.”

In this Issue:

  • What’s New? Performance Capabilities for Data-Intensive Organizations
  • Customer Corner: Welcome to The University of North Texas System!
  • Blog Post: Hammerspace Will Never Be The Bottleneck
  • On-Demand Webinar: Establishing a New Paradigm For Extreme Performance, Everywhere
  • Data Unchained Podcast: Data’s Place in Space! 
  • Hammerspace Announcements 
  • In the News
  • New Resources 
  • Upcoming Events 
  • Where Can You Find Hammerspace? 

With our recently-announced performance capabilities for a Global Data Environment, Hammerspace has unveiled a broad range of capabilities that increase storage and data orchestration performance while also simplifying administration for IT teams . As a whole, these improvements expand Hammerspace’s ability to deliver high-performance storage and data movement for high-performance workloads across silos in the data center, between multiple data centers, and between on-premises and multiple cloud providers and regions. 

As a solution that already addresses the needs of decentralized storage and users, this new Hammerspace release goes even further, providing a 20% increase in metadata performance, and introducing official support for RDMA over NFS 4.2 that provides direct I/O between applications and any storage to support very high performance workloads. In addition, the release includes other system improvements that enable Hammerspace to now extend its Parallel Global File System to support up to 16 sites concurrently, doubling the supported site count from the previous release to support globally distributed workloads. 

With this new generation of Hammerspace software, Release 5 brings maturity to the code base built on years of iterative optimization and field testing.

Hammerspace Welcomes The University of North Texas System!

The University of North Texas System has selected Hammerspace running with Pure Storage FlashBlade to modernize their file storage environment.

The UNT System has the vision to become globally known for collaborative and imaginative educational innovation and scholarly activity that transforms their students and benefits the world at large. When the UNT System’s ever-growing general file and overall data storage needs outgrew the capacity of the existing Isilon NAS storage, they chose to migrate to Pure Storage FlashBlade.

UNT System didn’t have the resources for a long migration and couldn’t afford any downtime. They selected Hammerspace to provide the data interface layer which enabled the migration to occur in the background, with no downtime. Hammerspace’s fast data-in-place metadata assimilation enables customers to easily transition to new storage technology, without the interruption and complexity of traditional methods.. In the future, the UNT System also plans to leverage the Hammerspace software to help provide seamless global data access across its data centers and cloud providers.

Hammerspace will never be the data path bottleneck! As a software-defined solution with a scale-out architecture, Hammerspace enables customers to now take full advantage of any storage and network performance, to optimize workflows and ensure high-performance data access at any point in the workflow.  

This is important because it means customers no longer need to overbuild high-performance tiers, or suffer delays from shuffling copies between incompatible silos when they try to offload to lower cost storage. Data can be created or used leveraging the full speed of the infrastructure provided at the server, in the data center, across a hybrid cloud, and across cloud services and regions. Read the full blog post here!

In this 45-minute on-demand webinar, hosted by Hammerspace VP of Product Marketing Floyd Christofferson, we take a close look at our new performance capabilities and the advantages they offer customers. Topics covered include how Hammerspace delivers:

  • High-performance, server-local IO
  • High performance across interconnect within the data center
  • High performance across data centers and to the cloud

We are talking about data at new heights, quite literally, in this episode of Data Unchained, as NASA Principal Investigator of the Solar Sail for The Near-Earth Asteroid Scout Mission, Dr. Les Johnson and NASA Program Manager and Satellite Operations manager Darren Wallace join Molly Presley to talk about how data is exchanged between ground stations on earth and orbiting spacecraft, including  the kind of equipment satellites use to transmit data, and what kind of technology would help interstellar missions in the future to store, power, and move data better. Listen to the episode here!

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November was a busy month for product innovation and partner developments! Check out the press releases below. 

Hammerspace unveils the performance production customers are achieving, reaching over 90 percent maximum theoretical performance of any infrastructure when creating, processing, and moving data in the Hammerspace Global Data Environment.

David Flynn, founder and CEO of Hammerspace and previous co-founder and CEO of Fusion-IO, said, “Technology typically follows a continuum of incremental advancements over previous generations. But every once in a while, a quantum leap forward is taken with innovation that changes paradigms. This was the case at Fusion-IO when we invented the concept of highly-reliable high-performance SSDs that ultimately became the NVMe technology. Another paradigm shift is upon us to create high-performance global data architectures incorporating instruments and sensors, edge sites, data centers, and diverse cloud regions.”

Hammerspace is collaborating with  Seagate® Technology Holdings plc (NASDAQ: STX) to provide bundles that simplify the deployment of global data solutions for data-centric businesses that constantly collect, generate and manage obscure and large data sets from sources such as company networks, employee or customer personal devices, and the connected Internet of Things (IoT). The bundles are provided through Climb Channel Solutions with special pricing for deals booked by March 31, 2022.  The bundles include the software, edge hardware or cloud capacity needed to present data at the edge, in the data center and in the cloud in a single global file system. 

“Our collaboration with Seagate is synergistic because we both provide the Enterprise with on-premises and public cloud solutions. These aren’t just check-off items for us but our core competencies,” said Tony Asaro, senior vice president of strategy and business development for Hammerspace. “Our customers are amazed by the value of Seagate’s CORVAULT storage system and the fact that Seagate Lyve Cloud doesn’t charge ingress or egress fees. And, Hammerspace provides the data services, orchestration and management to seamlessly leverage the Seagate systems and services. It’s a powerful combination.”

Hammerspace’s momentum continues with some great editorial coverage in many of the leading storage and technology publications:

As part of our November 10 performance announcement, we have developed a Tech Brief paper to accompany the press release and provide additional technical detail. Read more to discover the Hammerspace architecture advantage and key areas of enhancement in Release 5.

Excerpt: “The improvements in Release 5 reflect a maturity of the platform that has been put to the test in demanding customer user cases. These enhancements include improved metadata performance combined with the results of continual system-wide optimization all aimed at improving performance across multiple levels. The result is expanded scale-out performance, which has enabled Hammerspace to increase the number of concurrent sites from eight to 16.

“In addition, enhancements include optimized performance within a single cluster and a significantly improved Management GUI, bringing better automation tools and ability for administrators to customize their view of performance metrics across the entire global data environment to meet their needs.”

We have also updated the Hammerspace Technology White Paper, which provides a deeper dive into our technology and the Hammerspace Data Sheet, which provides a shorter overview. 

Stop by Hammerspace table #11 at Computing Insight UK to learn how our Global Data Environment can help you collaborate across geographies and across organizations, efficiently move decentralized data to any available compute anywhere and create a single, unified view of your data wherever it resides.

CIUK is aimed at the people using HPC facilities. If you use HPC in your daily work then CIUK will provide you with updates on what is new and what will be released in the near future, as well as providing you with case studies from researchers sharing details of how they were able to solve problems they encountered.

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