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October 06, 2015 6:46 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

British Antarctic Survey Deploys DataDirect Networks Hybrid Flash Storage Appliance

DataDirect Networks announced that British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has deployed DDN's SFA7700X hybrid flash storage appliance to meet an exponential surge in research data and complex climate models that are helping to shed light on major environmental issues such as the impact of global warming on the Antarctic ice shelf. With DDN's SFA7700X, BAS extracts maximum performance and value from both spinning disk and flash media.

Purdue University Deploys DataDirect Networks's SFA High-Performance Storage

DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced that Purdue University has deployed DDN's SFA® high-performance storage to accelerate the delivery of research results for up to 1,000 researchers working on several hundred concurrent projects. To drive highly innovative, multidisciplinary research, Purdue has developed one of the nation's large campus cyberinfrastructures for research. Three of the university's high-performance computing (HPC) systems are currently listed on the Top500 list, including the nation's large academic distributed computing grid and large collection of science and medical online hubs. The university also has implemented a robust data repository, called the Data Depot, which takes advantage of DDN-driven, enterprise-class storage equipped with the company's Storage Fusion Xcelerator™ (SFX) to deliver consistent high performance, regardless of project size or access demands. To meet its multidisciplinary research demands, Purdue sought a powerful yet flexible storage solution that could keep pace with traditional big data volumes generated by top research areas, including computational nanotechnologies, aeronautical and astronomical engineering, mechanical engineering, genomics and structural biology. Additionally, the university needed to keep pace with emerging requirements that were causing an exponential surge in data volume, velocity and variety. For example, Purdue's College of Agriculture recently teamed with the School of Mechanical Engineering to use sensor-equipped unmanned aircraft to collect critical data from acres of fields. New research outside the typical HPC realm also needed to be accommodated in the data repository, such as new projects from the College of Liberal Arts and Department of Sociology. To best address its diverse set of stakeholders, Purdue deployed a pair of DDN SFA12KX storage systems with SFX and 6.4 PBs of raw capacity for the University's GPFS parallel file system. To ensure predictable, fast access to the Data Depot, Purdue also deployed DDN SFX Software to extend the storage cache with solid-state memory. As a result, the system loads the right data into flash storage at the right time to maximize cache hit rates and deliver a fast response. By pre-loading data into solid-state storage, Purdue has been able to realize the performance benefits of flash storage for handling big data sets at a price point that's closer to lower-cost, high-density hard disk drives. "DDN's SFX delivered a 900% improvement in read capability at a low cost while enabling to access millions of small files on dedicated solid-state modules while continuing to stream very large data files simultaneously," Shuey continued. Simple data queries that used to take two minutes now take two seconds.

DataDirect Networks Unveils its New Entry-Level, Turnkey Lustre Storage Appliance at the International Supercomputing Conference

DataDirect Networks unveiled its new entry-level, turnkey Lustre storage appliance at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). Expanding on this experience, the DDN EXAScaler™ 7000 (ES7K) leverages Lustre 2.5 pre-installed and fully optimized for DDN's high-density storage appliances. ES7K delivers enterprise-level features including simple management and monitoring interfaces, and HPC-level performance that optimizes both mixed and parallel I/O performance. DDN's ES7K delivers reliability and support combined with open source innovations to deliver the fast and high density Lustre appliance on the market. Built specifically for organizations with data-intensive, high-performance storage requirements, the ES7K provides a simple, cost-effective way to leverage the benefits of DDN's high-performance storage architecture with open-source Lustre file systems. As with all the DDN EXAScaler appliances, the ES7K offers unique DDN-developed Lustre features that are fully backed by Intel support. Simple to install, configure and manage, the ES7K scales out to deliver massive storage performance density with a broad feature set and the flexibility of open source. DDN ES7K advantages over competitive alternatives include: 3x faster performance: Maximizes ROI by delivering the high performance per rack unit for HPC applications. than 2x greater storage density: Starts at tens of terabytes and scales to nearly a petabyte of capacity by leveraging the high density per rack unit for optimal efficiency. The Lowest TCO: Starts with the smallest configuration and scales non-disruptively with additional ES7K building blocks. Simplest Deployment and Management: Configuration and deployment optimization features, integration with drive-to-file system monitoring, and metadata convergence options make the ES7K the ideal platform for migrating an application or an entire workflow to Lustre. The ES7K is scheduled for general availability in the third quarter of 2015.

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