Seagate Extends IBM HPC Deal Amidst Revenue Woes

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Seagate and IBM work on ClusterStor and Spectrum Scale inter-operability

Seagate is cementing its relationship with IBM to jostle for a better position in the high performance computing (HPC) market.

Seagate will be integrating IBM’s Spectrum Scale software with its ClusterStor HPC storage platform to deliver a new software defined storage appliance.


“The newly engineered system will bring the capabilities of IBM Spectrum Scale together with the unique performance efficiency and scalability of Seagate’s ClusterStor systems, helping clients to manage demanding, data-hungry high performance computing applications more efficiently than before,” said Ken Claffey, vice president of  Seagate’s HPC systems business.

Seagate said that the new appliance will help customers manage the demands of data-intensive workloads, such as genomic research, computer aided design, digital media, data analytics, financial model analysis and electronic design simulations.

IBM Spectrum Scale is part of IBM’s Spectrum Storage software defined storage family helping clients manage massive amounts of data globally.

The move comes as Seagate cuts its sales guidance for the last quarter, a knock-on effect from waning demand for its products.

SeagateFor the quarter ending July 3, Seagate is now forecasting revenue of $2.9bn, less than its previous estimates of $3.2 to $3.3bn. Seagate’s revamped HPC push will aim to give diversity to its products.

“Organisations in all industries are looking for faster and more cost efficient ways to store, manage and access data for critical business processes and insight-generating analytics,” said Bernie Spang, vice president, IBM software defined infrastructure. “With the IBM Spectrum Storage portfolio, IBM has created building blocks for partners to deliver new and creative technology solutions that help clients meet their diverse needs.”

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