Yahoo Japan deploys active archive system by DDN and IBM

Yahoo JapanYahoo Japan has deployed an active archive system jointly developed by DataDirect Networks (DDN) and IBM Japan.

The new system allows Yahoo Japan to cache dozens of petabytes of data from its OpenStack Swift storage solution in a Japan-based data center.

Yahoo Japan can now transfer data to a U.S.-based data center at a rate of 50 TB of data per day and make energy cost savings of 74 percent due to lower energy rates in the United States versus Japan, while ensuring fast data access.

The active archive system allows data to be cached in a data center in Japan and then transferred and stored in a U.S.-based data center owned by YJ America, its subsidiary in the United States.

Yahoo Japan has decided to move to an active archive system configured across dual continents due to increasing data volumes, multi-petabyte data backup needs, and the implementation of disaster recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The joint DDN / IBM Japan system can handle dozens of petabytes of data within a single file system configuration. It allows the data center to cache data from an operating object storage (OpenStack Swift) private cloud at a fast rate of 11TB/ hour and back up the data in a data center archive in the United States at a breakthrough transfer rate of 50TB per day.

The active archive built on DDN’s SFA7700X storage solution and IBM Spectrum Scale, provides the high-speed input/output (I/O) performance to Yahoo Japan. The data is cached on a solid state drive (SSD) that enables higher-speed I/O and ensures expedited metadata handling.

The solution enables data sharing by using the caching function via the IBM Spectrum Scale Active File Management (AFM). In addition, the high density DDN SFA7700X ensures ample capacity and scalability to meet Yahoo! JAPAN’s fast-growing, high-volume needs.

“The technical solution in which data center in Japan caches data from the existing object storage (OpenStack Swift) saves the data to a data center archive in the United States and can be operated with 26 percent of the electricity cost of a data center in Japan and at about one-third of the cost of competitive solutions,” said Daisuke Masaki, Cloud Innovations, Site Operations Division, Systems Management Group, Yahoo Japan.

Yahoo Japan plans to expand and save data from multiple websites in Japan to the active archive system in the United States.

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