Electronics & Computers

SGI Unveils New Big Data Systems

October 24, 2013

The company is offering a new platform optimized for Hadoop to perform big data analytics and will introduce systems that provide extreme storage capacity for big data, with the aim of significantly reducing storage costs.

FREMONT, CA /Marketwired/ -- SGI, a trusted leader in high-performance computing (HPC) and big data, unveiled additional big data solutions to address the challenges enterprises and government agencies increasingly face today.

Drawing on extensive expertise and experience in HPC and managing high-volume storage, SGI is introducing new solutions that enable organizations to perform big data analytics with faster and greater insight, achieve extreme capacity and scale needed for big data storage, and manage storage investments more cost effectively.

Today's global enterprises are awash with data. This data is generated by a variety of sources: Internet traffic, sensors, credit card activity, social media, video monitors, and more. In fact, data is arriving in volume, with velocity, and of variety far greater than ever experienced. Using analytics to unlock value lying within big data has far reaching benefits, from competitive advantage and topline growth to saving lives. But it also presents new challenges: how to derive value at greater speed, scale, and efficiency.

"SGI has been enabling customers to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs using high-performance computing, as well as efficiently manage some of the largest data environments in the world, for nearly two decades," said Jorge Titinger, President and CEO of SGI. "Today's announcement reflects our rich heritage in HPC and high-volume storage, and our ability to significantly help enterprises accelerate time to value, achieve petabyte scale, and lower the rising cost of big data."

High Performance Computing for Big Data Analytics
SGI's expertise in building the world's fastest supercomputers is proving to be invaluable in addressing these challenges. Supercomputing has historically been applied to complex, computationally intensive problems, ranging from scientific discovery to physical simulations to government security. Now enterprises are applying HPC to the rapidly emerging field of big data analytics, and when relationships within data sets are generally understood, turning to the open source computing framework Apache Hadoop. Continuing its market-leading innovation, SGI was at the forefront of Hadoop and has cluster installations now reaching tens of thousands of nodes. Building on this rich heritage, SGI is announcing a new factory-integrated platform optimized for Hadoop to perform big data analytics with faster and greater insight and reduce time to value from months to days.

"Big data workloads require large amounts of compute power, usually deployed as large groups of scale-out Linux servers, in order to run analytics software such as Hadoop. However, the capabilities and IT skill-sets required to optimize these Hadoop analytics clusters are not present in many IT organizations," said Jean S. Bozman, Research Vice President, IDC Enterprise Platforms group. "By pre-configuring big data analytics systems, SGI is addressing this important market need—and it is providing a readily deployed big data solution that will speed time-to-results from business analytics."

Extreme, Cost Efficient Storage for Big Data
SGI is also building on expertise and innovation in HPC petascale environments to address a fundamental and, increasingly difficult, big data challenge—storing data volumes at massive scale, within tight budgets, while meeting demanding user access requirements. SGI ranks among the world's top 10 storage vendors, shipping over 600 PBs annually. SGI's announcements also encompass innovative solutions that deliver extreme storage capacity and scale needed for big data, and enable enterprises to significantly lower high-volume storage costs.

"Gaining insight from data represents both an enormous opportunity and challenge for enterprises, academia, industry, and government," said Rajeeb Hazra, Vice President and General Manager of Technical Computing Group at Intel. "SGI's big data solutions are an example of how the latest technology enables users to both manage their data and quickly scale their applications to achieve insights that ultimately result in a significant competitive advantage."

As data grows in size and complexity, and the quest for greater and precise business insight expands, leveraging technology developed for extreme environments is a natural step for the enterprise market. SGI continues to make this possible.

For more information on SGI's big data Solutions, including SGI InfiniteData Cluster, SGI ObjectStore, and SGI LiveArc AE for SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway, please visit the company's Web site.

About SGI
SGI, the trusted leader in HPC, is focused on helping customers solve their most demanding business and technology challenges by delivering technical computing, big data analytics, cloud computing, and petascale storage solutions that accelerate time to discovery, innovation, and profitability.

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