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Mike McNamara
Mike McNamara

High-performance computing (HPC) is helping redefine what’s possible across industries. From propelling personalized healthcare and clinical research to revolutionizing the manufacturing industry and detecting fraud, HPC is pushing boundaries and creating endless new opportunities. HPC has quickly become a necessity for enterprises that want to gain and sustain a competitive advantage.

What you need for HPC speed

HPC requires a data storage solution that can keep pace. You’ve probably heard the phrase “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” Well, that’s especially true for HPC, where a legacy data infrastructure could very well be the weak link. To process, store, and analyze massive amounts of data, you need a lightning-fast, highly reliable data infrastructure that NetApp® HPC solutions deliver.

So, how exactly can NetApp turn your aging infrastructure into an HPC powerhouse?

Speed. As HPC transitions to exascale computing, our low-latency, high-performance NetApp E-Series data storage provides fast, consistent access to real-time data. Capable of up to 1 million random read IOPS and 13GBps sustained write bandwidth per scalable building block, NetApp HPC solutions help you meet the demands of your most extreme workloads. And NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD with NetApp turbocharges your AI and HPC workloads with high-performance NVMe storage and the BeeGFS parallel file system.

Reliability. HPC hinges on reliability. Any unplanned downtime could have catastrophic consequences. NetApp HPC E-Series solutions are proven by over 1 million system deployments and deliver greater than 99.9999% availability, the around-the-clock reliability you need to keep your business flowing.

Simplicity. In today’s world, time is at a premium and simplicity is highly valued. That’s why—with the help of a single system and modular design—NetApp HPC solutions are easy to deploy and manage. On-the-fly replication lets you dynamically configure new systems for faster deployment. As for automation, scripts handle common tasks, and proactive monitoring takes on issue resolution. It all adds up to fast, flexible, fluid data management.

Scalability. As datasets continue to grow, you need to be able to scale from terabytes to petabytes without skipping a beat. That’s exactly what the modular design of the NetApp HPC solutions enable you to do. With our granular, building-block approach to growth, you can add capacity in any increment, so you get greater flexibility and more cost-effective expansion. And integration with the BeeGFS parallel file system enables your most demanding workloads at scale.

Savings. Our price/performance–optimized building blocks support multiple connectivity options, so E-Series configurations of any size are cost efficient. Ultra-high-density architecture delivers the power, cooling, and support savings needed to lower TCO.

Learn more

Don’t let your data infrastructure fall behind. Watch our video to discover how NetApp puts the “P” in your HPC.

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior product and solution marketing leader at NetApp with over 25 years of data management and cloud storage marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over ten years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, Dell EMC, and HPE. Mike was a key team leader driving the launch of a first-party cloud storage offering and the industry’s first cloud-connected AI/ML solution (NetApp), unified scale-out and hybrid cloud storage system and software (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system and software (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON).

In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent event speaker. Mike also published a book through FriesenPress titled "Scale-Out Storage - The Next Frontier in Enterprise Data Management" and was listed as a top 50 B2B product marketer to watch by Kapos.

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