New Seagate Solutions Equip Businesses for the New Data Economy

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a global leader in storage and data management solutions, introduced groundbreaking open-source object storage software, a reference architecture powered by it, and a community of corresponding developers. All three were designed to handle the massive increase and sprawl of unstructured enterprise data. Today’s announcement was part of the company’s first annual Datasphere event.

“We live in a data economy,” said Dave Mosley, CEO of Seagate. “The value of enterprise data is too often untapped. Companies struggle to access the full potential of their data. Seagate has adapted its offerings to match the information-hungry new reality. The cost-effective, seamless, and reliable data management innovations Seagate unveiled today will help businesses get more value from their data.

The solutions announced today include 100% open source CORTX™ software: the CORTX™ open source collaborative community; and the open and flexible reference architecture deployed as a converged Lyve Drive™ Rack infrastructure, powered by CORTX.

CORTX software

CORTX is an open-source, hardware-independent object storage software that provides developers and partners with access to mass capacity-optimized data storage architectures. Use cases for CORTX include artificial intelligence, machine learning, hybrid cloud, edge, high performance computing, and more. Given the customer preference for freedom from vendors, CORTX is based on open source and developed with the community. Several early adopters began testing the software and participating in the CORTX community before launch.

Scientific communities with large-scale data storage needs have applauded the arrival of CORTX.

One of the first users, the CEA, has been testing a development version of CORTX for several years. The agency concluded that it “now turns out to be very powerful and flexible object storage, which can be used very effectively to implement very large-scale data storage”, in the words of Jacques-Charles Lafoucrière. , program manager at the CEA. “CORTX can work very well with storage tools and many types of storage interfaces. We have effectively used CORTX to implement a parallel file system (pNFS) interface and hierarchical storage management tools. The CORTX architecture is also compatible with artificial intelligence and deep learning (AI/DL) tools such as TensorFlow. »

Another early adopter, the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), a leader in fusion energy research and development, sees CORTX as a welcome and necessary solution. “CORTX is new in its very concept,” said UKAEA exascale algorithm specialist Dr Debasmita Samadder. “It is very exciting to try out our application and explore its performance using this unique object data storage system.”

“As HPC Division Manager at Los Alamos National Lab, I am alert to opportunities to reduce the cost and complexity of our distributed data platforms,” said Gary Grider. “I’m very excited to see what Seagate is doing with CORTX and I’m optimistic about its ability to reduce data storage costs at exabyte scale. We will closely follow the open source CORTX and participate in the community built around it, as we share Seagate’s goal of cost-efficient storage optimized for massive scalability and durability.

Early adopters of CORTX also include Toyota Motor Corporation and Fujitsu Limited, among other companies.

The CORTX community

CORTX Community is a group of open source researchers and developers working together to enable mass capacity object storage for the world’s proliferating datasets.

CORTX is now available for download and collaboration on GitHub. “Seagate offers an open platform, with all community-driven feature sets and roadmaps, for the community,” said Jeff McAffer, senior product manager at GitHub. “That’s the kind of setting in which innovation happens.”

Although CORTX and CORTX Community are Seagate’s latest contributions to object storage, the company has long played a key role in its collaborative development. In the late 1990s, Seagate was a pioneering member of the industry consortium that created the very first object storage specification: the SNIA OSD standard. Seagate’s commitment to innovation and collaboration in object storage continues in CORTX and its many architectural enhancements.

Both offerings drew praise from Intel and WekaIO.

“Open source innovation in high-performance storage is essential to propel cloud, HPC, AI, and communications networks to higher levels of performance in the coming data age,” said Bryan Jorgensen, vice president from Intel’s Data Platforms Group. “Intel plans to work within the CORTX community to enable and optimize this exciting open source technology with our relevant platform features, including Intel® Optane™ persistent memory, Intel® QuickAssist accelerators, and DAOS file system. We will also work with Seagate to integrate these same technological innovations into the mass-optimized Lyve Drive Rack reference design.

Shailesh Manjrekar, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Strategic Alliances at WekaIO, also added, “As the provider of the fastest file system in the world, we are delighted to partner with Seagate to meet the demands of our customers. when it comes to high performance and exascale cost-effective storage for use cases. such as AI/ML, life sciences and financial services. We value Seagate’s proven expertise in data storage and look forward to participating in the open source development of CORTX to build end-to-end solutions leveraging our Weka Transformative AI Solutions Framework, where WekaFS provides extreme performance and CORTX delivers capacity and durability.

Lyve player support

Lyve player support is an open and flexible converged storage infrastructure that provides users with an out-of-the-box reference architecture with which to deploy CORTX and build their own mass-optimized private storage cloud. The solution democratizes hyperscale storage architectures. It offers cost-effective and rapid deployment of object storage, enabling the discovery of valuable insights through rich data labeling of massive amounts of data. Case capacities start at 1.34 PB.

The Datasphere event featured a demo for Lyve Drive Rack. It was bundled with Seagate’s next-generation hardware innovation, 20TB HAMR hard drives, showing that CORTX and Lyve Drive Rack enable rapid adoption of mass-capacity drives for hyperscale applications. Shipments of Lyve Drive Rack and 20TB HAMR drives are expected to begin in December.

Another early adopter of CORTX and Lyve Drive Rack, DC BLOX, provides resilient, edge-connected colocation, networking, and storage infrastructure. “DC BLOX appreciates Seagate’s leadership in addressing the growing challenge of large-scale data storage and management with its CORTX object storage system,” said Peyton McNully, chief cloud architect, DC BLOX.

Large-scale storage infrastructures in the public cloud rely on the cost-effectiveness of large-capacity devices to reduce the cost of storage. With today’s announcements, Seagate brings the same capability and economic benefit to the enterprise in an open architecture mode: open source data management software combined with a multi-vendor reference architecture ecosystem.

The Datasphere event

The Datasphere virtual event also included two panel discussions focused on leveraging more enterprise data and open source solutions. Panels included industry leaders from Seagate, ServiceNow, RISC-V International, Equinix, GitHub, AT&T and IDC. Other Seagate and industry experts also delved into new technologies and use cases.

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