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The Need for a New Storage Architecture: Hyperscale NAS

Part 2 of 2: Advantages of Hyperscale NAS

by Eric Bassier, Senior Director Solution Marketing

In the first part of this two-part blog series, I introduced the need for Hyperscale NAS and described the architecture. This blog focuses on the advantage of Hyperscale NAS over traditional scale-out NAS architectures. 

Hyperscale NAS is Faster and More Efficient than Scale-Out NAS

Scale-out NAS architectures – even those that use NVMe-oF for internal networking – are great for scaling capacity, but hit performance limits as more storage nodes are added to the cluster. In contrast, a Hyperscale NAS draws on well proven file system capabilities in the high-performance computing (HPC) space to deliver an architecture which provides linear scale to thousands of nodes, while maintaining consistent throughput and IOPs performance to saturate the underlying infrastructure and keep the compute environment fully utilized.

In addition, Hyperscale NAS delivers incredible infrastructure efficiency and cost savings. Scale-out NAS systems require two networks – the client network and the storage network – which adds both more “hops” between the client servers and the storage (which increases latency), and requires 2x to 3x more network ports depending on use case and scale. In contrast, a Hyperscale NAS architecture requires only one network to connect clients to storage, all powered by the Hammerspace Global File System.

Net: The Hyperscale NAS architecture is much more efficient, and is the only NAS architecture suitable for GPU computing at scale.

Hyperscale NAS Architecture is Now Proven as The Fastest for AI Model Training 

And the Hyperscale NAS architecture has been proven as the fastest in the world for AI model training, with a storage cluster composed of approximately 1,000 storage nodes feeding over 30,000 GPUs at 12.5 TB/sec. The entire cluster is standards-based, runs on commodity off-the-shelf storage servers, and does not require any special software – any Linux server can be a client. 

For more information, download the white paper “The Need for and Emergence of Hyperscale NAS” from Marc Staimer, President of Dragon Slayer Consulting, Contributor for the Cube Research.

Or contact us here to set up a meeting with the Hammerspace team. 

About the Author

Eric is the Senior Director, Solution Marketing and Sales Enablement, at Hammerspace. He is an innovative product leader with extensive experience launching and evangelizing products, driving go-to-market strategies, and creating compelling content to drive customer engagement and growth.