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November 30, 2015 7:28 PM ET

Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals

Company Overview of DataDirect Networks, Inc.

Company Overview

DataDirect Networks, Inc. provides scalable storage infrastructure for big data and cloud applications. It offers Storage Fusion Architecture, a block storage array that delivers IOPS and massive throughput; Scaler Appliances for data protection and budgetary requirements; and Web Object Scaler for massive scalability requirements of big data and to provide secure cloud collaboration, file sharing, and content distribution to users. The company also provides DirectMon, a configuration and monitoring solution; and storage enclosures. In addition, it offers planning and consulting, implementation, health check, infrastructure assessment, performance tuning, and customized professional services...

2929 Patrick Henry Drive

Santa Clara, CA 95054

United States

Founded in 1988



Key Executives for DataDirect Networks, Inc.

Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, President and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering
Vice President and General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

DataDirect Networks, Inc. Key Developments

DataDirect Networks Unveils IME14K and File System Accelerator Software with NVMe and All-Flash Appliance

DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced a major advancement enabling high performance computing (HPC) and large scale data environments to break free from I/O bottlenecks that are slowing entire data-intensive infrastructures. Today, the performance demanded by applications and computing has outpaced the performance delivered by traditional storage technologies, creating storage and file system I/O bottlenecks. The DDN IME14K® breaks through these bottlenecks and optimizes mixed application workloads to deliver game-changing I/O acceleration for data-intensive environments. Leveraging the new DDN 14K hardware platform and IME software technology, the new IME14K appliance optimizes and accelerates the read and write I/O path from compute to persistent storage. IME14K Acceleration of the Compute Cluster. The IME14K acts as a burst buffer and optimizes the compute cluster performance as it allows more simultaneous application jobs to run, shortening the job queue and enabling significantly faster application run time for the user. IME14K Acceleration Writing to the Persistent File Storage. As data is moved from the IME14K NVMe cache to persistent storage, the IME software dynamically reorganizes data into sequential writes, eliminating the latency, thrashing and slow write times created by the fragmented I/O patterns of demanding mixed workload applications leveraging a shared file system. This approach enables the NVMe cache to be offloaded significantly more quickly and helps to avoid the requirement of overprovisioning the file system to achieve the performance needed. IME14K Acceleration Reading from the Persistent File Storage. An out-of-band API is provided for configuration of the IME appliance with job schedulers and to warm the cache and accelerate first read. The DDN IME14K all-flash array takes advantage of DDN's high-performance, hyper-converged 14K hardware platform, which delivers the NVMe cache on a local PCI-3 embedded fabric, driving low latency, full device performance to each of the NVMe-enabled SSD devices. Each IME14K can be configured to start with a small number of NVMe devices and scales up to 48 NVMe SSD in each 4u appliance. IME14K delivers an expected throughput starting at 10GB/sec for entry performance and scales up to 50GB/sec in each 4U appliance. The IME14K is designed to accommodate additional appliances being clustered to deliver thousands of GB/sec performance for the most data-intensive workloads on the globe. The IME14K is powered by the intelligence of DDN's patented IME application and file system acceleration software that runs within the storage memory of the appliance on the embedded PCI-e fabric. With IME14K, large scale data-intensive environments now have the tools to leverage untapped compute cycles and are able to run more jobs, achieving application efficiency and performance by minimizing I/O bottlenecks and accelerating applications and file systems, while reducing the erratic performance often found in large scale, mixed application environments. Users benefit from the IME14K acceleration capabilities as it: Speeds time to results by accelerating workflows, applications and bottlenecked I/O; Eases data growth by optimizing usage of storage systems; and Increases compute ROI by eliminating I/O wait times and increasing the amount of time that can be utilized for computation.

DataDirect Networks Selected by Texas Advanced Computing Center to Deliver A 40X Speed Up in Scientific Research and Innovation

DataDirect Networks announced that the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas in Austin has selected DDN's new SFA14KTM to deliver the performance, capacity and density needed for TACC's latest Lonestar supercomputer. With 50% more cores and four times the performance of its predecessor, Lonestar 5 required the most advanced storage solution to support an exponential surge in big data resulting from hundreds of diverse research projects in astronomy, computational science, physics, bioinformatics, biomedicine, climate change, life sciences and more. With the game-changing SFA14K, TACC can power major scientific advances like helping biologists save reef-building corals, finding links between DNA mutations and cancer, as well as identifying new treatments for brain tumors and Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, TACC can take advantage of heightened performance and capacity to handle a huge mix of application workloads from thousands of researchers across The University of Texas system and its research institutions along with partners at Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

DataDirect Networks Introduces Hybrid SSD and Disk, High Density Embedded Storage Platform

DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced the availability of the revolutionary new DDN SFA14K and SFA14KE; the high performance hybrid storage and hyper-converged platforms in the industry today. The new SFA14K and SFA14KE deliver the fast, dense storage with more than 6 million IOPS and 60GB/sec in 4U with scalability to nearly 7PB of capacity in a single rack. The SFA14K delivers hybrid block storage array performance. The SFA14KE hyper-converged solution allows users to leverage the power of the SFA14K performance while also leveraging the embedded processor power to run virtual machines, embedded applications and file systems within the storage array to significantly reduce complexity, latency and data center footprint. Data intensive Enterprise and HPC organizations are requiring a groundbreaking new approach to data compute, storage and management that allows them to keep pace with the rapid acceleration of processor power and both machine and sensor generated data. Data is being created at a staggering rate and needs to be stored efficiently while being quickly available to analyze and leverage for strategic decision making. Today's organizations need new architectural designs that can support the full power of advanced individual component technologies with efficiency and integration at scale. While DDN delivers software-only options for both the IME application acceleration and WOS object storage offerings, and embraces the need for commodity hardware to fill a necessary space in the datacenter, proprietary hardware platforms are in increasingly urgent demand for environments requiring high density performance and capacity coupled with low latency for analytics and file storage.

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