IBM on Friday is releasing a new version of its General Parallel File System (GPFS) for serious data crunchers.
The update, now version 3.2, features improvements to GPFS's policy-based file management system and offers speedier searches.
GPFS caters to hardcore users trying to run a file system across numerous systems. It provides shared access to the files regardless of what box in particular they are sitting on. IBM says GPFS can support access speeds of 130+GB/sec to a single file on a 2PB file system.
The update includes a revamped version of the existing, built-in policy manager that should make tweaking rules for storing and shifting data easier on customers. This type of technology comes in handy when tiering data across systems that have billions of files to manage, said Todd Neville, IBM development offering manager.