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Western Digital expands storage system capabilities

01 Aug 2019
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Western Digital has announced enhancements to its ActiveScale storage system portfolio.

With the introduction of OS 5.5, ActiveScale becomes an even more integral part of an IT infrastructure by expanding its comprehensive set of data management capabilities for streamlining workflows and reducing latency barriers for multi-site data distribution.

More than ever, enterprises are realising that to extract timely insights from a multitude of unstructured data sources requires the right infrastructure that delivers both sustained performance and predictable costs at scale.

Yet research continues to show that most data goes unstored or unanalysed, data silos persist, governance remains inadequate, and a disproportionate amount of time is spent simply discovering and preparing data.

To solve these challenges, IT leaders are increasingly turning to ActiveScale, a cloud-scale object storage solution that provides extreme data durability, scalability and operational simplicity with unmatched storage economics.

Scale-out performance

ActiveScale leverages its scale-out architecture to provide near-linear performance growth for data-intensive applications such as AI, machine learning and HPC workloads.

The ActiveScale X100, coupled with OS 5.5, is projected to deliver data throughput of up to 75GB/second in scale-out configurations, making it a solution that works for large-scale data workflows.

Data pipeline service

The ActiveScale Data Pipeline Service offers a versatile way to stitch together distributed web-scale applications to streamline data processing.

With real-time object notifications from ActiveScale, business applications can optimise task initiation for improved productivity and faster time to value.

This new notification feature simplified workflow processing for a variety of use cases, including real-time analytics, IoT, mobile applications, media and entertainment, and business processes. 

Asynchronous geo-spread

ActiveScale Geo-Spreading is an advanced data protection scheme that delivers outstanding system availability by spreading data across geographically dispersed availability zones.

The new OS 5.5 adds asynchronous mode support, which enables low-latency data ingest for IoT applications without compromising system availability.

Customers can now choose between synchronous or asynchronous geo resiliency with Geo-Spread to meet their unique needs. 

Improved storage density and economics

Well known for its unmatched TCO at exabyte-scale, ActiveScale enables customers to further reduce capital expenditure and overall hardware footprint with improved storage economics. With the integration of new 14TB Ultrastar data centre-class drives, customers can take advantage of the 16 percent increase in storage density and improved cost/capacity, without increasing power and cooling costs. 

"ActiveScale 5.5 aims to extend the value that Western Digital delivers in terms of performance, efficiency, scalability and economics for those putting data at the centre of their business," says Western Digital’s data centre systems business unit senior vice president and general manager Phil Bullinger.