July 29, 2011–If you guessed our radar screen is blipped to death with new analytic offerings and established companies alike grabbing for a piece of attention, you’d be right. But one that captured our interest lately has been Parallel NFS (pNFS) after reading the Enterprise Storage Forum’s “6 Big Data Implementations to Watch.”
Of the six, pNFS seemed to be the most intriguing, claiming: “Some big data requirements may be served well with parallel NFS (pNFS), which enables high-speed data movement between machines. It represents the standardization of parallel I/O and allows clients to access storage devices directly and in parallel. This eliminates the scalability and performance issues associated with NFS servers.”
Now, we’re not saying we’re perfect. And it’s completely possible that something important passed by our radar, but we’ve never reported on pNFS before. Our research turned up equally little, aside from a few blogs in 2010 hyping the software’s upcoming launch. This lack of background is troubling to say the least, but it could just be that pNFS’ publicity department is slightly ahead of production. We’d approach them with caution.