Published on 19 Apr 2012
“ IBM PowerLinux is the best option for running OpenAFS as it can handle the high I/O requirements of the system and delivers the throughput needed to quickly access files. ”
Bodo Krause-Kyora, Head of Systems and Deputy Director at PHYSnet
Education, Life Sciences
pro-com DATENSYSTEME GmbH
PHYSnet is responsible for providing IT services to the University of Hamburg Physics Department. It runs a large datacenter, whose systems deliver basic IT services and also the high levels of computing power needed by physics researchers at the university.
PHYSnet’s existing servers were not delivering the required levels of performance. The university wanted to improve file serving throughput without investing in large numbers of physical servers.
PHYSnet implemented a virtual distributed configuration for its OpenAFS file system using two IBM® PowerLinux 7R2 servers running 10 virtual Linux servers using IBM PowerVM® virtualization.
The IBM PowerLinux Open Source Infrastructure Services solution has improved file performance by 50 percent. The PowerLinux servers deliver improved economics with 30 percent less cost and five times less cooling than the competing option.
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
Power Systems, Power Systems running Linux - Red Hat
Virtualization - Server
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