Complex scientific projects such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), various oil and gas simulations, and genomics applications generate large workloads that drive storage demand. Managing massive amounts of data effectively and efficiently has become crucial in high-performance computing and data-intensive applications. The OrangeFS solution, which integrates Dell™ PowerEdge R710 servers and PowerVault MD storage arrays (the Dell R710/MD Storage Stack), can be leveraged in a wide variety of high-performance, data-intensive computing environments.

Learn how to set up, configure and deploy three scenarios for leveraging the Dell R710/MD Storage Stack:

  • Single stack in local, or standalone, mode — Adding Dell PowerVault MD1200 storage arrays to the local R710/MD Storage Stack can increase file system space and throughput for vertical scaling.
  • Single stack attached as a networked file system — Adding Dell PowerVault MD1200 storage arrays to the networked R710/MD Storage Stack can increase file system space and throughput for vertical scaling.
  • Dual stack attached as a networked file system — Adding more R710/MD Storage Stacks that leverage a parallel file system such as OrangeFS can increase file system space and throughput for horizontal scaling.

The Dell R710/MD Storage Stack can also be scaled horizontally with the capabilities of OrangeFS. OrangeFS simplifies the challenges of horizontal scalability and enables you to use a free and open-source software stack to take advantage of multiple R710/MD Storage Stacks. You can start small to meet current needs, then scale vertically and/or horizontally as space or I/O (input/output) requirements demand. OrangeFS can exceed streaming throughput results as compared to a network file system (NFS) on a single R710/MD Storage Stack, enabling you to leverage it as an alternative to NFS-based starter storage solutions.