• Dell and Terascala collaborate to deliver high-capacity, open storage for higher education and other mid-sized high-performance computing (HPC) environments
  • High performance and a scalable architecture provide organizations with a ready-to-use storage solution that can decrease storage management and increase job productivity.

ROUND ROCK, Texas, June 8, 2010 – Dell and Terascala today announced the Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution, a storage solution for Linux clusters designed to enable efficiencies in high-performance computing environments by scaling to support massive amounts of data.

Arming customers with the essential tools to face unprecedented storage challenges allows them to focus on achieving their missions and running their businesses effectively rather than directing valuable resources to IT. The Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution helps protect this critical information, allowing customers to manage the influx of data facing them in high performance computing environments.

The Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution provides HPC researchers with a comprehensive solution-in-one product, service and support bundle that provides:

  • Flexibility: Available in six versions offering redundant, fixed, scalable base configurations of 30, 60, or 90 Terabytes, providing up to 180 Terabytes of fast-scratch storage.
  • Simple deployment: Delivered configured with highly available storage, Lustre® file system, and a management suite to simplify the deployment and ongoing management of the storage solution.
  • Reliability: Utilizes Dell PowerVault MD3000 and PowerVault MD1000 storage technology, Dell PowerConnect™ networking technology and storage appliance technology from Terascala.

The Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution is an easy to deploy and maintain solution that will provide an inexpensive option for HPC storage. The need for increased storage capacity is evident by the growth predictions for high performance storage in the HPC market. Driven by data explosion and growing storage demands in areas like higher education, the HPC storage market is expected to outpace the recovery of the HPC server market.

In 2010, IDC predicts the HPC storage market will expand about 8 percent to $3.1B. By 2013, IDC expects storage to grow to $4.1B or 39 percent of HPC server revenue, compared to 35.5 percent in 20101.

The Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution is available in the U.S.

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“High performance computing is now being used by more and more organizations to tackle a range of problems. Many of these new users are looking for a complete, easy to manage high performance solution, including servers, storage and networking,” said Steve Butler, CEO of Terascala. “Terascala is excited to be partnering with Dell, who is known as a leader in delivering high performance computing solutions.”

“We understand the amount of time and effort our customers in academia put into the valuable research they conduct,” said John Mullen, vice president and general manager, Dell Education, State and Local Government. “It’s critical for us to provide the best technology to help ensure our customer’s critical data is safe and secure, the Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution is designed to do just that so researchers can spend their time finding new discoveries, instead of worrying about IT.”

“IT segments are recovering at different rates from the global recession, and we predict that academia and government will be bright spots in the HPC market recovery,” said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for High Performance Computing. “The supercomputer segment for HPC systems sold for more than $500,000, which is dominated by government and academic purchases, actually grew 25% even in the difficult recession year of 2009."

About Terascala
Terascala develops high throughput, high capacity and cost-effective storage solutions. Its unique storage appliance approach is changing the dynamics of the performance driven computing market, enabling existing users to do more for less while enabling new users to maximize the capabilities of their processing infrastructure. Founded in 2005, Terascala is based in Avon, MA.

1“IDC Predictions 2010: Worldwide High-Performance Computing, Doc # IDC_P20647, February 2010

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