SGI Launches New RAID Storage Platform for Big Data and HPC Workloads

SGI Launches New RAID Storage Platform for Big Data and HPC Workloads

 SGI® InfiniteStorage™ 5600 Breaks New Ground in Performance, Efficiency and

FREMONT, Calif., March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SGI (Nasdaq:SGI), the
trusted leader in technical computing, today announced the introduction of
SGI® InfiniteStorage™ 5600, a next-generation high-performance storage
platform perfectly suited for high performance computing (HPC) and Big Data
workloads. Leveraging field-proven modular architecture, the SGI
InfiniteStorage 5600 (IS5600) delivers industry-leading performance per
spindle^1, meaning customers can achieve extreme performance requirements
while reducing their total investment in hardware.

Building on the SGI InfiniteStorage 5000-series modular architecture, the new
IS5600 controller adds significantly increased performance. The architecture
is also flexible, such that customers can tune the systems to their specific
performance and capacity requirements. In data-intensive industries such as
manufacturing, media, life sciences and earth sciences, such performance and
efficiency are key requirements that the IS5600 is designed to satisfy.

"SGI customers are constantly pushing the edge of performance requirements for
storage arrays," said Bill Mannel, vice president of product marketing at SGI.
"The flexibility of the IS5600 platform and the choices it offers enable these
users to push the limit without breaking their budget."

Storage platforms in today's IT environments need to reliably house data and
have the modular flexibility and performance choices to tightly match
application and solutions needs. To enable the maximum flexibility for a wide
range of applications, the IS5600 can intermix multiple drive types and
enclosure densities, ranging from 4TB high capacity drives to extreme
performance SSDs, in a single, scalable system. The result is a storage
infrastructure that provides significantly increased density, more bandwidth
and best-in-class performance efficiency.

The SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 has produced a new SPC-2 Result^2 with the
highest throughput per spindle -- 2.5 times over the nearest competitive
published result^3. This result confirms the performance and cost-efficiency
of the new platform, and showcases the performance possibilities that the
IS5600 unlocks for HPC and Big Data organizations.

IS5600 is available in three enclosure densities including 12, 24 and a
maximum 4U 60-drive high-density enclosure. Each enclosure can house dual
controllers, or can be configured as an expansion unit to mix and match 2.5"
and 3.5" drives in a variety of performance and capacity choices for SSD, 15K
SAS, 10K SAS and near-line SAS. With support for Self Encrypting Drives and
the T10-PI data integrity standard, the IS5600 is ready for any storage


The SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 will be available in April 2013. Pricing is
available upon request. For more information please visit

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For more information on the SPC-2 benchmark result, please visit the results
pages on:

^1 "throughput per spindle" is defined by SGI as SPC-2 MBPS divided by the
number of storage devices in the SPC-2 configuration.

^2 SPC-2 benchmark results:

^3 SGI nearest competitive published result and comparisons:

Results with SPC "Accepted" status as of January 2011 and priced under

Date current as of March 1, 2013.

Tested Storage Product       SPC-2 MBPS /       SPC-2 MBPS™  Number of
                             Spindle *                       Spindles
B00065 - SGI InfiniteStorage 73.80              8,855.70     120
B00058 - Sun ZFS Storage     27.87              10,703.69    384
B00052 - IBM Storwize V7000  26.11              3,132.87     120
B00055 - Fujitsu ETERNUS     22.57              2,685.50     119
DX80 S2
B00057 - Fujitsu ETERNUS     19.96              5,768.04     289
DX440 S2

*SPC-2 MBPS/Spindle as computed by NetApp = (SPC-2 MBPS / # of spindles in

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