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July 16, 2020

Google Updates Filestore with High Performance Computing

Google Acquires Elastifile and uses its technology for Google Filestore to enable high performance computing during the global pandemic.

Hello dear readers! Welcome back. Today we will talk about a Google service that is now performing at another level. The service is Google Filestore. Google acquired technology in 2019 and they integrated the technology into Filestore.

As we already know, the entire science field in the world is working to find a solution for Covid-19. The brightest minds are working together for a shared goal. The challenge is immense, but the technology, fortunately, is up to date.

Google Cloud is helping by providing High performance computing (HPC) tools. There are certain jobs like molecular screening that require high performance and a lot of computational power.

Filestore and Covid-19

Google Cloud is currently providing HPC for Covid-19 therapeutics research. The more powerful the technology is, the faster the researchers can work. One central key point of high performance computing is file storage.

For this problem, Google has announced a solution. The beta version of Filestore has been released. This product enables high performing file storage, including the technology from Elastifile, the acquired service.

It´s not the first time Google acquires to include its technology to an offered service. It´s a way to save the development cost and go for time efficiency at the moment of needing certain already built technology. It´s a win-win situation for both, The company or developers of the technology and Google.

With the new service, it is easier for you to move workloads to the cloud. You can easily deploy shared file systems that have the potential to scale to hundreds of TBs and tens of GB/S of throughput.

Filestore can be used to solve many challenges, for example migrating applications, integrating Kubernetes into your system. The Filestore setup is automated, allowing scalability and the workflows can be monitored in a simple interface.

Christoph Gorgulla, a research candidate within the Harvard Medical School is using Google Cloud file storage. What is it using it for? Well, he says it enables the virtual screening for Covid-19.

What is virtual screening? It is a process that allows to screen molecules against proteins to discover new treatments. This is a much faster method than any traditional method. Based on efficiency, it allows the researchers to focus on their job instead of in setting up systems and operational architecture.

Filestore has multiple uses, it works mainly as storage, but it supports electronic design automation, video processing, genomics, manufacturing, financial modeling, among others.

The most used case 

Electronic design automation is based on data management. You have to batch workloads throughout multiple cores with large memory requirements. Filestore provides this capacity and makes files accessible.

All HPC applications need File storage. Filestore works to solve those needs. The performance is predictable. You can scale up and down the file system on demand. The service is fully managed, helping developers and users focus on their priorities.

You can automate management by using cloud and API calls. Cloud Monitoring can be used to have your file systems on check. Integration to scheduling systems and alerting systems within the monitoring service is available.

To provide improved support with the necessary security needs, the beta support for IP-based access controls for Filestore has been launched. This gives control to clients on the VPC. IP range configuration is added. You can check out the IP-based documentation for more information.

Filestore allows storage to be scaled up to tens of thousands of clients by the use of NFS. There is no need to maintain client-side plugins. This allows users to save 80% of costs.

Filestore comes with low latency for file operations. It supports latency sensitive workloads, such as electronic design automation, data analytics and metadata applications. It currently supports up to 320 TB of data and throughput of 16 GB per second. 

Filestore supports NFSV3 clients and has compatibility with existing enterprise applications. These applications have the benefit of features like scaleout performance, hundreds of TBs of capacity, file locking, and others. 

Your migration will be simplified when choosing this service, as you don’t have to rewrite your business applications. Enterprise applications rely on file semantics.

As Filestore is a NoOps service, you can mount file shares on Compute Engine VMs easily. You can also integrate GKE (Google Kubernetes Engine) so containers reference specific data.

In conclusion, Google has acquired Elastifile to use its technology without having to develop it. This move is considered a strategic move, as by evaluating the costs and the benefits, they preferred to buy the technology instead of building it from scratch.

It was a win-win situation, both for the people of Elastifile and for Google. Filestore, a Google Cloud File Storage service has multiple uses, it works mainly as storage, but it supports electronic design automation, video processing, genomics, manufacturing, financial modeling, among others.

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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DevelopersJuly 16, 2020
Google Updates Filestore with High Performance Computing
Google Acquires Elastifile and uses its technology for Google Filestore to enable high performance computing during the global pandemic.

Hello dear readers! Welcome back. Today we will talk about a Google service that is now performing at another level. The service is Google Filestore. Google acquired technology in 2019 and they integrated the technology into Filestore.

As we already know, the entire science field in the world is working to find a solution for Covid-19. The brightest minds are working together for a shared goal. The challenge is immense, but the technology, fortunately, is up to date.

Google Cloud is helping by providing High performance computing (HPC) tools. There are certain jobs like molecular screening that require high performance and a lot of computational power.

Filestore and Covid-19

Google Cloud is currently providing HPC for Covid-19 therapeutics research. The more powerful the technology is, the faster the researchers can work. One central key point of high performance computing is file storage.

For this problem, Google has announced a solution. The beta version of Filestore has been released. This product enables high performing file storage, including the technology from Elastifile, the acquired service.

It´s not the first time Google acquires to include its technology to an offered service. It´s a way to save the development cost and go for time efficiency at the moment of needing certain already built technology. It´s a win-win situation for both, The company or developers of the technology and Google.

With the new service, it is easier for you to move workloads to the cloud. You can easily deploy shared file systems that have the potential to scale to hundreds of TBs and tens of GB/S of throughput.

Filestore can be used to solve many challenges, for example migrating applications, integrating Kubernetes into your system. The Filestore setup is automated, allowing scalability and the workflows can be monitored in a simple interface.

Christoph Gorgulla, a research candidate within the Harvard Medical School is using Google Cloud file storage. What is it using it for? Well, he says it enables the virtual screening for Covid-19.

What is virtual screening? It is a process that allows to screen molecules against proteins to discover new treatments. This is a much faster method than any traditional method. Based on efficiency, it allows the researchers to focus on their job instead of in setting up systems and operational architecture.

Filestore has multiple uses, it works mainly as storage, but it supports electronic design automation, video processing, genomics, manufacturing, financial modeling, among others.

The most used case 

Electronic design automation is based on data management. You have to batch workloads throughout multiple cores with large memory requirements. Filestore provides this capacity and makes files accessible.

All HPC applications need File storage. Filestore works to solve those needs. The performance is predictable. You can scale up and down the file system on demand. The service is fully managed, helping developers and users focus on their priorities.

You can automate management by using cloud and API calls. Cloud Monitoring can be used to have your file systems on check. Integration to scheduling systems and alerting systems within the monitoring service is available.

To provide improved support with the necessary security needs, the beta support for IP-based access controls for Filestore has been launched. This gives control to clients on the VPC. IP range configuration is added. You can check out the IP-based documentation for more information.

Filestore allows storage to be scaled up to tens of thousands of clients by the use of NFS. There is no need to maintain client-side plugins. This allows users to save 80% of costs.

Filestore comes with low latency for file operations. It supports latency sensitive workloads, such as electronic design automation, data analytics and metadata applications. It currently supports up to 320 TB of data and throughput of 16 GB per second. 

Filestore supports NFSV3 clients and has compatibility with existing enterprise applications. These applications have the benefit of features like scaleout performance, hundreds of TBs of capacity, file locking, and others. 

Your migration will be simplified when choosing this service, as you don’t have to rewrite your business applications. Enterprise applications rely on file semantics.

As Filestore is a NoOps service, you can mount file shares on Compute Engine VMs easily. You can also integrate GKE (Google Kubernetes Engine) so containers reference specific data.

In conclusion, Google has acquired Elastifile to use its technology without having to develop it. This move is considered a strategic move, as by evaluating the costs and the benefits, they preferred to buy the technology instead of building it from scratch.

It was a win-win situation, both for the people of Elastifile and for Google. Filestore, a Google Cloud File Storage service has multiple uses, it works mainly as storage, but it supports electronic design automation, video processing, genomics, manufacturing, financial modeling, among others.

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Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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