Welcome to the second part of this five-part series on choosing storage for your high-performance computing (HPC) solution. In the first blog post, I talked about speed. Now, I will cover a characteristic that all your HPC operations depend on: reliability.
If your storage system is unavailable, data cannot be accessed, and work comes to a complete halt. Experts estimate that the average hourly cost of an infrastructure failure is $100,000 per hour. The cost of downtime for automobile manufacturers is much higher, ranging anywhere from $22,000 to $50,000 per minute—adding up to a staggering $1.3 million per hour. In an HPC environment, downtime can be even more costly:
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