New Flagship RAID System From SGI Puts Users in Control of Escalating Data Management Requirements

ORLANDO, Fla., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Storage Networking World, Booth No. 700 -- A powerful new RAID storage system from SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) will help organizations meet the escalating bandwidth and I/O demands of today's performance-driven applications. Unveiled today, the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage 4600 augments the InfiniteStorage product line, extending its ability to provide leading-edge data management solutions to scientific, engineering and high-performance business environments.

ORLANDO, Fla., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Storage Networking World, Booth No. 700 — A powerful new RAID storage system from SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) will help organizations meet the escalating bandwidth and I/O demands of today's performance-driven applications. Unveiled today, the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage 4600 augments the InfiniteStorage product line, extending its ability to provide leading-edge data management solutions to scientific, engineering and high-performance business environments.

The SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 is targeted at data-intensive applications, high I/O workloads, and large-scale consolidation. The new system answers the escalating data management needs of today's workflows with the flexibility to combine an array of network interfaces and disk drives in a single system.

SGI this week is demonstrating the new system — along with the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage line of data management solutions — in Booth 700 at Storage Networking World.

The company's flagship RAID system, the SGI InfiniteStorage 4600, deploys seventh-generation technology within a proven solution architecture built on more than 25 years of industry-leading high-performance storage expertise. SGI combines that expertise with the company's unique ability to seamlessly integrate the InfiniteStorage 4600 solution into any high-performance computing (HPC) or high-performance business (HPB) environment, while providing the agility to support hybrid computing workflows.

"Constantly growing data sets, the increasing demands placed on storage systems by complex applications, consolidation, virtualization, and the simple need to add capacity — all these factors have made storage requirements a constantly moving target," said Raj Das, vice president of storage, SGI. "Today's performance organizations require a flexible storage solution, one that cost-effectively delivers leading performance and scales to fit workflow demands. As the flagship RAID system in the SGI storage portfolio, the InfiniteStorage 4600 meets those criteria today, while providing plenty of headroom for growth in the future."

Industry-Leading Performance, Capacity and Flexibility

The new InfiniteStorage 4600 system's industry-leading throughput and I/O performance make it an ideal solution for earth and life sciences, engineering and manufacturing, defense and intelligence applications, and digital asset management environments.

The InfiniteStorage 4600 initially will feature 16 redundant 4Gb/second Fibre Channel drive channels, double the data transfer rate of the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage 4500, to deliver up to 6,000 sustained MB/second(1) of host- side bandwidth. A range of applications also can exploit the system's blistering I/O performance, designed to reach 175,000 sustained IOPS (Input/Output Operations per Second)(2). Subsequent releases will also feature support for 8Gb/second Fibre Channel and both DDR and QDR InfiniBand connectivity.

The SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 matches this performance advantage with superior configuration flexibility. The new system can scale to support 256 Fibre Channel or SATA drives at initial release. With high-density SATA drives, one system can support 256TB of raw storage capacity. However, by mixing drives, customers can achieve a tiered storage environment to accommodate RAID block storage, high-capacity environments, consolidation and virtualization initiatives, and a range of data management needs.

The InfiniteStorage 4600 also offers a wide choice of RAID levels (1, 3, 5, 6, and 10) to allow administrators to choose the protection/performance combination that best fits their environment. Fully redundant I/O paths, automated failover and online administration create "always-on" availability to ensure that data remains accessible in the event of possible failures.

"For those users operating at the leading edge of demand for IOPS and bandwidth, this new offering from SGI has the potential to let them sleep a little easier, knowing that they'll have sufficient 'balanced brute force' to deal with the intense and complex demands of their applications — and that it's from a supplier that truly understands those demands," said Mark Peters, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "The packaging of multi-dimensional scalability means that performance, capacity, and throughput can be thoroughly well provisioned. What is likely to make the product more attractive are other attributes less traditionally associated with HPC, such as storage tiering, investment protection, and the 'always on' data availability. Just because users operate at the edge of computing possibilities does not mean that they do not need, or value, basic business attributes just as much as any enterprise user."

At the North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN), SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 arrays will constitute the vast majority of a 2.3 Petabyte storage solution to support HLRN's new supercomputer, a 25,000-core SGI(R) Altix(R) ICE and SGI(R) Altix(R) XE system. Shared by two German HPC sites — the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum fur Informationstechnik in Berlin (ZIB) and the Regionales Rechenzentrum fur Niedersachsen in Hannover (RRZN) — the combined supercomputer and storage will be connected via a rapid data line called HLRN Link.

"The SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 system is an essential component of this HLRN supercomputing installation," said Prof. Alexander Reinefeld at ZIB. "This powerful new platform will support scientific research aimed at solving some of history's most difficult and taxing computational and data problems, and will provide our administrators with the flexibility to match our capacity to our workflows."

"When working with complex supercomputing applications and data sets, our users need to rely on a data management infrastructure that provides not just performance, but genuine reliability and availability," said Prof. Gabriele von Voigt at RRZN. "SGI provides that, both through the InfiniteStorage 4600 platform and through the deployment and support expertise of its Professional Services organization."

Advanced Storage Administration Environment

The new system also comes with the latest release of SGI(R) InfiniteStorage System Manager software, which customers can use to configure and administer the InfiniteStorage 4600 system. InfiniteStorage System Manager allows IT administrators to cost-effectively get the most from their storage investment via a common intuitive user interface through which they can manage all SGI storage systems.

With InfiniteStorage System Manager software, users have continuous access to data even during system configuration, reconfiguration, expansion and maintenance. Organizations can better protect their data by proactively monitoring drive health, and enhanced replication capabilities — from more mirrors to a larger number of snapshots per volume — ensure valuable data remains intact.

The new environment also supports up to 512 partitions and 2,048 Fibre Channel log-ins, making the InfiniteStorage 4600 ideal for large-scale consolidations and data virtualization. Other features, including increased queue depth and support for volumes greater than 2TB, ensure that the system keeps pace with the most demanding HPC and enterprise applications.

Integrated Solutions from SGI

The SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 is a standards-based system that can easily be integrated with SGI(R) Altix(R), SGI(R) Altix(R) XE and SGI(R) Altix(R) ICE servers. In fact, the SGI Global Professional Services organization is known in the industry for its rapid deployments of large-scale storage solutions in an array of environments, from stand-alone storage installations to tightly integrated storage-and-server deployments designed for specific high- performance workflows.

Pricing and Availability

The SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 is available today from SGI or one of its value-added resellers, and is priced from $175,000 USLP.

For more information on the SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 system, visit www.sgi.com/products/storage/raid/4600.html

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Editor's Notes (1) Based on sequential 512K disk reads from Fibre Channel media (2) Based on random 4K disk reads from Fibre Channel media

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