PHYSnet doubles its file serving performance

With a powerful, highly virtualized IBM solution

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

Customer
University of Hamburg Physics Department (PHYSnet)

Industry
Education, Life Sciences

Deployment country
Germany

Partner
pro-com DATENSYSTEME GmbH

Overview

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.

Business need
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.

Solution
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.

Benefits
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.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software
Linux, PowerVM

Hardware
Power Systems, Power Systems running Linux - Red Hat

Solution
Virtualization - Server

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