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Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS)

Cray has introduced a complete and open storage archiving solution for big data and supercomputing with the launch of its Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS). Through a strategic partnership with Versity Software, Cray has developed a deployment-ready, flexible tiered archiving solution designed to be easy to use, reduce costs and preserve data indefinitely.

The TAS includes all software and hardware, eliminating complexities associated with planning, designing, and building large-scale archives. The system ensures data protection and accessibility at scale, and during upgrades – an essential attribute as the lifespan of data typically exceeds the useful life of storage infrastructure.

It can be provisioned as a primary file storage system with tiers, as well as a persistent storage archive. It provides transparent data migration across storage tiers – from fast scratch to primary and archive storage. There are up to four flexible storage tiers mixing media, solid-state drive, disk or tape, and simplifies storage management with familiar, easy-to-use archive commands for storage operators.

According to Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of storage and data management: ‘Cray is at the forefront of scalable, parallel file system storage. With the launch of TAS, we now have a complete tiered storage and archiving solution that combines our scaling expertise with proven block storage and tape technologies, while also providing integration with HSM features in future versions of the Lustre file system. We have integrated Versity’s open-format virtualisation technologies that manage and optimise customer data across multiple storage tiers to provide hierarchical storage management.’

Cray recently introduced Cluster Connect, a Lustre storage solution for x86 Linux clusters, that offers compute-agnostic storage and data management and it also offers a storage appliance solution using Sonexion – a scale out storage system that reduces deployment time and simplifies storage management for high-performance solutions.


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