The IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a high-performance shared-disk file management solution that provides fast, reliable access to a common set of file data from two computers to hundreds of systems. GPFS integrates into your environment by bringing together mixed server and storage components to provide a common view to enterprise file data. GPFS provides online storage management, scalable access and integrated information lifecycle tools capable of managing petabytes of data and billions of files.
The proven GPFS file management infrastructure provides the foundation for optimizing the use of your computing resources.
Scalable, high performance files management with GPFS
The IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a high-performance scalable file management solution that provides fast, reliable access to a common set of file data from a single computer to hundreds of systems. GPFS integrates into your environment by bringing together mixed server and storage components to provide a common view to enterprise file data.
Enterprise file virtualization
GPFS allows multiple systems and applications to share common pools of storage. This allows the virtualization of the file storage space and the ability to transparently administer the infrastructure without disrupting applications. GPFS supports multi-vendor storage and server hardware, enabling striping, replication and snapshots across heterogeneous systems.
A scalable NAS platform
Reduce management overhead by using GPFS to share a common set of files concurrently across multiple systems. Even a subset of GPFS systems can serve the data over NFS while others concurrently run applications that require high performance direct SAN access to the files. GPFS includes tools for highly scalable NFS.
Highly available grid computing infrastructureProduct Highlights
GPFS is an essential component to implementing a high throughput grid environment. High-availability features including data replication and automatic failure handling provide a solid base on which to build an analytics grid or digital media management system. GPFS Network Shared Disk technology allows extreme scalability by enabling network attached nodes to be tightly integrated into the solution.
- Scalable high-performance shared disk file system for AIX and Linux systems
- Capable of supporting multi-petabytes of storage and thousands of disks within a single file system
- High reliability/availability through redundant paths and automatic recovery from node and disk failures
- Information lifecycle management (ILM) tools simplify data management and enhance administrative control
- Powers many of the world's largest supercomputers