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DataDirect Networks Powers 6 of the World&aposs Top 10 Supercomputers

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- DataDirect Networks, Inc., the data infrastructure provider for the most extreme, content-intensive environments in the world, today announced that its S2A(TM) data infrastructure platforms support 48 of the world's top 100 supercomputers, according to the Top500 list that was released at this year's International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany. Based on this list, DataDirect Networks S2A platforms are being used to power data delivery at the very peak of scientific research, from molecular dynamics to nuclear testing and simulation.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — DataDirect Networks, Inc., the data infrastructure provider for the most extreme, content-intensive environments in the world, today announced that its S2A(TM) data infrastructure platforms support 48 of the world's top 100 supercomputers, according to the Top500 list that was released at this year's International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany. Based on this list, DataDirect Networks S2A platforms are being used to power data delivery at the very peak of scientific research, from molecular dynamics to nuclear testing and simulation.

"Supercomputing environments always lead their commercial counterparts, and as such are a fantastic indicator of coming requirements. It happened with clustering, with Linux, and with virtualization — and now it's happening with scale-out storage architectures," said Steve Duplessie, Sr. Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "DataDirect Networks will likely continue to grow market share in environments that require data infrastructure that scales extensively in both dimensions — performance and capacity — in data throughput-intensive environments such as HPC, Media, and Web 2.0. Being able to grow really big, really fast is going to matter everywhere."

"Everything we design starts with the HPC sector and is adapted to other markets," said Alex Bouzari, CEO and Co-Founder, DataDirect Networks. "Our expertise with HPC data patterns translates into industry-leading performance for many other applications such as Web 2.0, broadcast and post production. We've always believed that our technology provides our customers with a distinct performance advantage, as it was built from the ground up to handle the world's most demanding and sophisticated HPC environments. And that's the key reason why top supercomputing organizations partner with us. We are proud to say that DataDirect Networks provides more aggregate throughput — and thus more data, faster — to this prestigious list than any other provider."

Some of DataDirect Networks' supercomputing customers include Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Total Exploration Production, Electricite de France, the NASA Ames Research Center, Sandia National Laboratories, Caltech, Indiana University and the UCSD/San Diego Supercomputer Center.

With more than 160 petabytes installed worldwide, DataDirect Networks' S2A solutions solve today's most challenging high performance storage requirements, including reducing simulation computational times, reducing checkpoint cycle times, providing cost-effective, high-speed "scratch" storage and capturing and serving massive amounts of digital content. DataDirect Networks' flagship eighth generation S2A platform, the industry-leading S2A9900, provides extreme performance and capacity, with the ability to manage 1.2 petabytes in only two floor tiles and deliver sustained throughput of up to 6 gigabytes per second for both writes and reads, per appliance. In a cluster formation, S2A platforms are delivering over 100 gigabytes per second of throughput in leading HPC environments today.

The S2A9900 enables HPC sites to run multiple applications simultaneously in parallel, whereas conventional, general purpose storage systems force them to run applications sequentially, costing more time, more money and more management personnel. Additionally, the S2A9900 is the only storage platform that writes data as fast as it reads it, with guaranteed QoS, which translates into consistently predictable performance for large content files — critical for HPC environments.

Developed over a decade of global deployments, DataDirect Networks' Silicon Storage Architecture(TM), S2A, is a purpose-built architecture utilizing custom FPGAs with extreme levels of intelligence, designed to solve the data infrastructure problems that others simply can't — which is why the company supports the fastest supercomputers, the fastest file systems and storage environments in the world.

The Top500 list is published by researchers at the University of Tennessee, NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Mannheim in Germany, and ranks the most powerful supercomputers around the world, according to their performance on the LINPACK benchmark. The list is released twice a year and can be viewed at http://www.top500.org.

More information about DataDirect Networks' S2A solutions is available at http://www.ddnx.com/

About DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks, Inc. is the data infrastructure provider for the most extreme, content-intensive environments in the world — including the largest online gaming and music sites, social networking applications developers, photo and video sharing services, high performance computing environments, and more than 400 broadcast and post-production facilities around the globe. With more than 160 petabytes installed worldwide, the company's S2A(TM) (Silicon Storage Architecture(TM)) technology delivers massive throughput, scalable capacity, consistency, efficiency and data integrity for today's extremely competitive and evolving markets. Founded in 1998, DataDirect Networks serves customers through its global partnerships with Dell, IBM, Sony and other industry leaders; and through its offices in Europe, India, Asia Pacific, Japan and throughout the U.S. For more information, go to http://www.ddnx.com or call +1-800-TERABYTE (837-2298).

DataDirect Networks, S2A and Silicon Storage Architecture are trademarks of DataDirect Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Media Contacts: DataDirect Networks Bullet Point Partners Kim Nelson Aaron Grunwald +1 (818) 336-2162 +1 (415) 578-4675 knelson@datadirectnet.com aaron@bulletpointpr.com

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