Raijin is the supercomputer run by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), and used for a wide range of scientific research projects. Here's an inside look at the computing and cooling gear that drives it.
Hybrid cloud -- a mixture of on-premises gear and commercial cloud services -- is a common approach in scenarios where pure cloud isn't acceptable for whatever business reason. But what happens when you want to throw more than one cloud service into the mix?
It's conventional to talk about numbered tiers when discussing storage technology: Tier 1 is the best-performing but also the most expensive. If you're trying to choose the most suitable storage for a particular platform, however, it may be helpful to stop using the numbers.
Management invariably wants IT to be faster and cheaper and more reliable. Delivering that trifecta is almost impossible, but it's worth bearing in mind that improving raw performance doesn't always have to be the goal. You may need speed, but you probably don't need speed everywhere.