Double-Take Software Offers HPC Compute Node Volumes Manager with Double-Take Flex

New product simplifies mass provisioning and storage management for Windows HPC Server 2008 compute nodes

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Double-TakeSoftware has announced the availability of Double-Take Flex for High Performance Computing (HPC), an all-in-one solution for diskless iSCSI boot for Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 storage, bootstrap, and boot volume management.

Double-Take Flex for HPC allows companies to virtualize, consolidate, share, and centrally manage HPC compute node boot volumes. It also provides an underlying iSCSI Stoarge Server for sharing HPC nodes' boot images and can automate the deployment of hundreds of diskless HPC compute nodes, centrally manage back-end storage, and boot image management.

Double-Take Flex for HPC can also work with third-party iSCSI providers, and both Double-Take Flex and Double-Take Flex for HPC can simultaneously run on the same computer nodes.

Product highlights include:

  • Manageability: Customers can create and provision all boot volumes at the same time by sharing a single master boot volume to all compute nodes while allowing individual nodes to utilize individual differences

  • Flexibility: Double-Take Flex for HPC allows for re-purposing of compute nodes or additional non-HPC clients for other boot-from-SAN usage, allowing a customer to provision desktops for ordinary office tasks during the day and for high performance computing at night

  • Reliability: Allows users to replace hard disks with reliable and centrally managed software-based diskless iSCSI boot capabilities

  • Learning Curve: Double-Take Flex for HPC puts all the pieces required for diskless HPC boot in one place with one vendor, utilizing familiar PXE boot technology

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