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Tiered Adaptive Storage for Big Data and Supercomputing

Research and IT teams generating large data sets need simplified and open data management solutions to sustain long-term data preservation, archiving, and data access strategies. For many data-driven companies, there’s no easy way to preserve data indefinitely – without relying on an archaic, proprietary solution or a public cloud.

Cray has developed an open archive system for big data called Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage. Cray TAS enables transparent, policy-based data movement from high-performance tiers such as Lustre to any other tier, from nearline disk to deep tape archive. The solution utilizes Linux and Versity’s open format HSM, the Versity Storage Manager. Like Oracle’s Storage Archive Manager, or SAM-QFS, Cray TAS builds on a long heritage of successful archiving techniques. Yet, Cray TAS is purpose-built for big data and HPC scenarios requiring high-performance and massive capacity archives using Linux and various best-in-class storage technologies.

With Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) you can:

  • Reduce TCO by 30% over proprietary HSM storage solutions in the first 3 years
  • Feel confident preserving and protecting data into the future, indefinitely
  • Simplify managing data using familiar tools and best practices from years of SAM-QFS expertise
  • Migrate data across hardware platforms using portable open formats to sustain long-term archives and compliance or data retention initiatives.


Jason Goodman
Jason Goodman works for Cray’s storage and data management division. He has over 16 years’ experience in data storage, data management, networking, and virtualization. He’s owned his own business and worked for companies such as Microsoft, PolyServe (acquired by HP), Isilon Systems (acquired by EMC), and GlassHouse, among others. At Isilon, Jason led software product management and commercialization strategies for scale-out NAS. He helped move the company into position to compete with EMC and Network Appliance in the enterprise, through capabilities such as archiving, identity management, iSCSI, SRM, virtualization, and wide area file services, among others.

On a personal note, Jason enjoys training dogs, riding dirt bikes, and playing lacrosse, traveling to tournaments when possible.