WekaIO Updates File System with Advanced Security Features for Multi-User Enterprise HPC

New release delivers a high performance, secure platform for mixed
enterprise workloads

the leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive
applications, today announced updates to its software platform with
advanced security functionality for multi-use enterprise high
performance computing (HPC). WekaIO has built the industry’s first
flash-native parallel file system that delivers unmatched performance to
the most demanding applications, scaling to exabytes of data in a single

Multitenancy allows enterprises to drive business profits by leveraging
data across many different applications and groups and accelerating time
to market. With this latest release of software, WekaIO enables IT
administrators to provide high speed, secure data access to a broad
spectrum of users and applications. Until now, customers had to
compromise on performance if they wanted to deliver secure multi-tenant
environments for applications running NFS or SMB, as legacy parallel
files systems lack enterprise features. The latest software offers
robust enterprise grade capabilities that deliver the best performance
to a broad range of enterprise applications including HPC applications
and general-purpose file sharing.

Highlighted enterprise features include:

  • An extension of WekaIO’s simple, intuitive management design that will
    enable customers to operate in the secure multi-tenant environments
    they need: Directory services integration with Lightweight Directory
    Access Protocol (LDAP) and Active Directory; support for Access
    Control Lists (ACLs) with multi-protocol interoperability between SMB,
    NFS and POSIX; the ability to set User Quotas for multi-user
    environments; and the ability to create multiple file systems for
    multi-tenant isolation
  • Security enhancements that help ensure critical data is kept safe:
    Encryption at rest and in-flight across the network; authenticated
    mounts to prevent a rogue application from accessing the storage
    system; and PKEY multi-tenancy on InfiniBand networks for improved
  • Hybrid cloud data management: Snapshot to S3 cloud object storage for
    seamless workload migration, cloud bursting, archive, backup and
    disaster recovery

This latest release of software continues to deliver more performance
while expanding enterprise capabilities. Earlier this month, WekaIO
announced record-breaking performance on STAC-M3 “Tick Analytics”
Benchmark for financial analytics and multiple enterprise
applications—breaking 8 STAC-M3 world records for mean query-response
times and 4 world records for throughput. In addition, the WekaIO File
System currently holds one of the top positions on the independent SPEC
SFS 2014
benchmark and the #1 position on VI4IO’s 10
Node Challenge list

“Enterprises are desperate for a file system that allows them to
continue serving the diverse access management and technology needs of
their stakeholders without having to compromise on workload
performance,” said Barbara Murphy, vice president of marketing, WekaIO.
“WekaIO now offers the most performant solution that is also secure,
robust and operating system-agnostic.”

“We are seeing an increase in demand for a high-performance file system
in environments with high velocity analytics workloads that want an
alternative to legacy scale-out NAS where application performance at
scale is a requirement,” said Michael Queenan, co-founder and director,
Nephos Technologies. “With WekaIO, we can offer our enterprise customers
that have hundreds of different user types a storage solution that
delivers single, shared access to their data with no compromise on
application performance.”

“WekaIO’s scalable, high performance file system has applications in
machine learning, genomics research, and high velocity analytics like
finance, where I/O throughput at scale can exceed a traditional NAS
system’s capabilities,” said Randy Kerns, senior strategist and analyst,
The Evaluator Group. “WekaIO’s participation on industry standard
benchmarks allows enterprise IT managers to make the right storage
decisions to support their HPC multi-user environments.”

WekaIO’s software is available through the WekaIO Innovation Network
(WIN). Go to www.weka.io/partners
to find a reseller.

About WekaIO

WekaIO helps companies manage, scale and futureproof their data center
so they can solve big problems. WekaIO built the world’s fastest shared
and parallel file system on new architecture optimized for flash that
leapfrogs legacy storage infrastructures by delivering the best
performance density at any scale, for a fraction of the cost. With the
most flexible deployment models, the storage software is a modern file
system designed for modern I/O intensive and extreme technical computing


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