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HPC User Site Census: Storage Suppliers

by Christopher G. Willard, Ph.D. Addison Snell Laura Segervall
for Intersect360 Research
May 2017
 
This report, part of our HPC User Site Census series, provides an examination of the suppliers of storage systems installed in a sample of High Performance Computing (HPC) user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and supporting software. The resulting data is presented in a series of reports throughout the year, each describing different aspects of the HPC end-user landscape.
 
Key findings of the survey include the following:
 
Storage capacity continues its onward and upward trend. Aggregate site-level storage capacity reported at 391 sites reached 2.4 exabytes, an increase of 24% from our 2015 report.
Installations of petabyte or larger storage systems are increasing and account for 37% of all storage systems reported. The top three most frequently reported capacities were two petabytes, one petabyte, and 100 terabytes.
DataDirect Networks (DDN) had the largest share with 14.8% of survey responses, followed by Dell EMC with 12.7% and IBM with 11%. All other suppliers had less than 10% share of reported storage systems. No vendor dominated every sector, region, or capacity.
About 4.7% of the reported storage systems were identified as cloud-based systems, including both public and private cloud. Amazon continues to be the primary supplier of cloud-based storage services to the HPC community. For commercial sites, Amazon was the fifth most mentioned supplier. 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS 2
COMPANIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT 3
TECHNOLOGIES COVERED IN THIS REPORT 4
INTRODUCTION 5
RESULTS AND ANALYSIS 6
Figure 1: Number of Site-Level Storage Systems Installed at Each Site 6
Figure 2: Distribution of Capacity for Site-Level Storage Systems 7
Figure 3: Distribution of Capacity for Site-Level Storage Systems by Year of Last Modification 8
 Site-Level Storage Systems by Supplier 9
Table 1: Leading Storage Suppliers at HPC Sites 9
Share of Installations by Year Acquired 10
Table 2: Share of Top Supplier Installations by Year Acquired 10
Survey Share versus Revenue Share 10
Cloud Storage Suppliers 10
Site-Level Storage Systems by Supplier and by Sector 11
Table 3: Top Storage Suppliers at HPC Sites by Sector 11
Site-Level Storage Systems by Supplier and by Region 11
Table 4: Top Storage Suppliers at HPC Sites by Region 12
Site-Level Storage Systems by Supplier and by Capacity 12
Table 5: Top Storage Suppliers at HPC Sites by Capacity 12
Figure 4: Top Named Suppliers at HPC Sites by Capacity 13
CONCLUSIONS 14
Figure 5: Share of Storage Systems with a PB or More of Capacity by Report Year 14
APPENDIX A: STORAGE SUPPLIERS AT HPC SITES 16
Table A1. Storage Suppliers at HPC Sites Based on Number of Installed Systems 16
APPENDIX B: METHODOLOGY 18
 
 
 
COMPANIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT
 
Ace Computers
Advanced HPC
Aeon Computing
Amazon Web Services
Apple
Aspen Systems
Atipa
Atos
Auristor
Chenbro
Cohesity 
Colfax
Cray
DataDirect Networks
DataOn
Dell EMC
Drobo
Dropbox
E4 Engineering
Equallogic
EUROSTORE
Fraunhofer
Fujitsu
GenOuest
Google
Hitachi Data Systems
HP Enterprise
Huawei
 
IBM
Infortrend
Intel
International Computer Concepts
Lenovo
NEC
NetApp
Open-E
Oracle
OrangeFS
Panasas
Penguin
Powerleader
Promise Technology
Qsan
Quanta
Quantum
RAID Inc
Samsung
Scherm
Seagate
SGI
Silicon Mechanics
Spectralogic
Supermicro
Synology
Terascala
Transtec
Western Digital
 
TECHNOLOGIES COVERED IN THIS REPORT
Storage elements
Storage systems
Network-attached storage (NAS)
Storage area networks (SAN)
Archives
Cloud storage


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