October 22, 2016 10:08 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 2016.

DataDirect Networks, Inc. Key Developments

DataDirect Networks Announces Promotion of Robert Triendl to Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Field Services

DataDirect Networks announced the promotion of Robert Triendl to senior vice president of global sales, marketing and field services. Leveraging his more than eight years of experience successfully leading the company's Asia Pacific, European and Japanese markets, Triendl will now focus on accelerating the worldwide adoption of the company's end-to-end storage solutions, which enable organizations to speed time to discovery from their data, on premises and in the cloud.

Datadirect Networks Announces WOS8460, New Object Storage Appliance

DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced the WOS8460 – a new object storage appliance that delivers cost-optimized capacity with enough performance to support the growing number of object use cases. Leveraging DDN unique capabilities, the WOS8460 delivers hard cost advantages, faster performance, higher availability and greater density, in configurations that can start smaller and scale in more granular increments than competing offerings. DDN WOS is making it radically easier for IT organizations to realize object storage efficiencies across expanded use cases, such as active archive and collaborative communities. With almost 7PB of capacity per industry standard rack, the new WOS8460 provides a 20% density advantage over its closest competitor. WOS' superior density and ability to scale a single node at a time make it extremely efficient on space, power and cooling. DDN's complete suite of WOS object storage solutions includes two performance appliances: the WOS7000 and the new WOS8460 appliance, and the WOS9660 capacity appliance, plus WOS as software-only. Key DDN object storage advantages with WOS include: Highest object storage cost savings and efficiency: DDN's WOS solution suite takes the management and scalability TCO gains of object storage a step further with its unique NoFS® (no file system) architecture that offers hard cost savings versus competitive solutions. As the only object storage solution that doesn't require an underlying file system, WOS cuts hardware acquisition costs and is up to 99% efficient, which puts it well ahead of other object implementations that lose six to 20% efficiency due to file system overhead and block waste. It also provides significant operational cost savings for things like space saving, heating, cooling and administration. Highest object storage performance: DDN WOS delivers 1.25x the speed per node of competing commercial and open-source offerings, as verified by WOS customers in real-world applications. WOS' NoFS and built-in latency-mapping technology ensures the fastest route to requested data. WOS gives customers the critical performance levels needed to scale object storage implementations locally or across multiple sites. Industry-leading availability advantages: DDN WOS can rebuild failed drives within a single node, which reduces rebuild time and risk of data loss. This capability is important as drive sizes grow larger thus boosting rebuild times and challenging organizations' abilities to meet line of business data availability SLAs. By comparison, other object storage offerings rely on LAN or WAN-based rebuilds which significantly increases rebuild time and risk of data loss. Flexible and massive scalability: The simplicity of the WOS architecture allows organizations to start as small as a two-node WOS cluster in four standard rack units and scale in single node increments. Competitive offerings often require 5 to 20 servers to start and are extremely restrictive in how they scale. WOS can deliver up to a quarter-million drives in a single, shared namespace and provide a single view of files and objects, thus allowing it to provide high-performance storage for active archive and collaboration environments seamlessly. DDN's appliance and software-only options give customers expanded architectural flexibility and choice. Appliance delivery models allow organizations to deploy complete, preconfigured solutions with end-to-end 24x7 support, while software-defined architectures give customers complete configuration flexibility and control. DDN started marketing software-only WOS a year ago, and in that time, the share of software-only customers has grown to more than 10%. The WOS software-only solution has given customers like Weill Cornell, Guosen Securities and Compute Canada the ability to specify industry-standard hardware from suppliers like HPE, Supermicro and Dell that fits specific requirements for their use cases.

University of Queensland Deploys DataDirect Networks's High-Performance Storage Solutions

DataDirect Networks announced that the University of Queensland has deployed DDN high-performance storage solutions to improve data access between its main campus and its off-site data center. Leveraging DDN GRIDScaler® parallel file system appliances integrated with IBM Spectrum Scale™ (built upon GPFS), the Australian research university has rolled out an innovative new data storage fabric that spans both the main campus and its off-site data center, known as MeDiCI (the metropolitan data caching infrastructure), and allows users to access data regardless of where it resides quickly and easily – no additional user involvement is required. To support its research, the University uses QRIScloud, a high-capacity cloud storage node of the NCRIS national research infrastructure operated by QCIF. QRIScloud is located at the Polaris Data Center in Springfield, Australia about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of the University's St Lucia Campus. QRIScloud and the University's data storage fabric are interconnected and designed to exchange stored data automatically. Before implementing the high-performance data storage fabric, exchanging data between QRIScloud and on-campus data centers was handled manually – a suboptimal use of busy researchers' time.

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