IBM GPFS – Block Storage Solutions

Online Storage Management, Scalable Access and Capable of Managing Petabytes of Data and Billions of Files

The General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a high-performance shared-disk clustered file system. Explosions of data, transactions, and digitally-aware devices are straining IT infrastructure and operations, while storage costs and user expectations are increasing. The IBM General Parallel File System™ (GPFS™), high-performance enterprise file management, can help you move beyond simply adding storage to optimizing data management.

Key Features
  • A highly available cluster architecture
  • Concurrent shared disk access to a global namespace in either block level or file level
  • Capabilities for high performance parallel workloads
  • Massive namespace support
  • Centrally deployed, managed, backed up and grown
  • Seamless capacity and performance scaling

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GPFS Details:  IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a scalable high-performance file management infrastructure for AIX, Linux, and Windows systems.
  • A highly available cluster architecture
  • Concurrent shared disk access to a global namespace in either block level or file level
  • Capabilities for high performance parallel workloads

All software features such as snapshots, replication and multi-site connectivity are included in the GPFS license. With no license keys except for client and server to add on, you get all of the features up front, including:

  • Massive namespace support
  • Centrally deployed, managed, backed up and grown.
  • Seamless capacity and performance scaling
Enhance data availability
  • Concurrent file access and block-level locking
  • Clustered data access
  • Data replication
Improve automation
  • Policy-driven automation//tearing
  • Storage pools
  • Extensible management and monitoring infrastructure
Information lifecycle management

The information lifecycle management (ILM) toolset includes:

  • Disk storage pools
  • External storage pool
  • High performance metadata processing
Policy-based storage management provides:
  • Placement
  • Management
  • Backups and HSM operations integrated with TSM and HPSS
  • Reporting
GPFS is a highly scalable HSM platform
  • ILM provides an optimized long term archiving solution for storing very large amounts of astronomical data
  • Due to information having different value to the business at different times, ILM keeps overall cost and complexity down by providing a tiered storage system, that supports data in all lifecycles
  • An effective ILM strategy enables 80-90% of the archive to be in tape.
  • Data movement to and from tape is managed automatically on demand. The application still has access to the entire namespace.