SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DataDirect Networks (DDN®) today announced the results of its annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Trends survey, which showed that end users in the world's most data-intense environments, like those in many general IT environments, are increasing their use of cloud. However, unlike general IT environments, the HPC sector is overwhelmingly opting for private and hybrid clouds instead of public. They are also increasingly choosing to upgrade specific parts of their environments with flash as they modernize their data centers. Managing mixed I/O performance and rapid data growth remain the biggest challenges for HPC organizations driving these infrastructure changes according to the survey.
Conducted by DDN for the fourth consecutive year, the survey polled a cross-section of 143 end-users managing data intensive infrastructures worldwide and representing hundreds of petabytes of storage investment. Respondents included individuals responsible for high performance computing and also networking and storage systems from financial services, government, higher education, life sciences, manufacturing, national labs, and oil and gas organizations. The volume of data under management in each of these organizations is staggering and steadily increasing each year. Of organizations surveyed:
73 percent manage or use more than one petabyte of data storage; and
30 percent manage or use more than 10 PBs of data storage, up 5 percentage points year- over-year.
Data and data storage remain the most strategic part of the HPC data center, according to an overwhelming majority of survey respondents (77 percent), as end users seek to solve data access, workflow and analytics challenges to accelerate time to results.