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Data Storage for Neural Network Training

A global leader in automotive design and production required a solution to store sensor data that is used to train safety-critical neural network algorithms. The company required a low total cost of ownership (TCO), so they could manage the solution without adding support resources. With limited space in their data center, they also needed a solution with a small footprint and no additional HVAC requirements.

Although they already had a Hadoop cluster in place, the company chose to invest in a Quantum storage solution via AutonomoStuff, underscoring the value they saw in Quantum.

Challenge:

  • Quick access to recently collected data from vehicles
  • Large datasets stored for long time periods at a low cost per TB
  • Limited space available in the data center
  • Minimal heat generation to allow management with existing data center HVAC
  • Support for a variety of communication protocols, including Ethernet, iSCSI, and fiber channel
  • High-performance support for engineering testing and analytics computing
  • Constrained resources requiring a low TCO solution—both operational and environmental

Solution:

  • Quantum XcellisTM Workflow Director, powered by StorNext
  • 900 TB: StorNext QXSTM-5600 performance storage
  • 2.4 PB: StorNext AELI6 archive storage, 200 slots
  • Total Storage: 3.3PB

Customer benefits:

  • Simplified workflow with shared storage, eliminating storage silos
  • Faster performance support for high-performance computing (HPC) analytics and accelerated development
  • 29u rack space for the entire storage solution
  • No additional heat generated in the data center, thanks to tape storage
  • Support for multiple communication protocols for varied users and devices
  • Scalable performance and capacity to address future needs and control budget
  • Options to non-disruptively expand to the cloud and other storage technologies in the future
  • No additional on-site resourcing required for deployment and management
  • Total cost: 1/10 the cost of the alternative solution