HPC Data Lake Platform from Lenovo and Weka

HPC Data Lake Platform from Lenovo and Weka

WekaFS and Cloudian HyperStore for AI, ML, and Advanced Analytics

The Challenge

Organizations are consuming and creating more data than ever before and many are
applying AI/ML on ever larger data sets, to make better decisions in near/real-time
and unlock new revenue streams. Traditional storage systems simply can’t handle
the processing needs or the scalability required for iterative analytic workloads and
introduce bottlenecks to productivity and data-driven decision making. The ability
to unify data silos to accommodate diverse workloads along with high performance
compute speed is crucial for today’s modern organizations.

The Solution

The Lenovo ThinkSystem series running Cloudian HyperStore and WekaFS offers a stateof-the-art optimized storage solution for high-performance and scale-out workloads.

Deployed on Lenovo ThinkSystem, Weka file system (WekaFS) and Cloudian
HyperStore™ provide an integrated storage solution allowing you to overcome the
challenges associated with accelerating and scaling your data pipeline, while lowering
overall storage costs associated with data analytics. WekaFS is a distributed, scaleout and POSIX-compliant file system, built on a modern architecture using NVMe Flash
and supports Ethernet or Infiniband transport, with low latency, multi-protocol (POSIX,
NFS, SMB, S3, GPUDirect Storage, CSI) high performance access. WekaFS distributes
metadata throughout the cluster via patented mechanisms that prevent hot spots to
maximize performance levels. Performance is predictable, consistent and scales linearly
as more nodes are added to the storage cluster.

Weka is industry-leading storage systems for performance workloads on the Lenovo
SR630 running the Weka file system (WekaFS). An entry-level cluster size for Weka
requires eight server nodes, which are then presented as a single storage cluster.

Cloudian HyperStore compliments WekaFS and is integrated through Weka’s cloud
tiering function, adding a cost-effective, exabyte-scale, software-defined object storage
to the solution. Cloudian offers modular growth, letting you expand from terabytes to an
exabyte without disruption. Embedded data redundancy features provide up to 14 nines
of data durability, removing the need for a separate data backup process.

Cloudian HyperStore supports capacity storage workloads using multiple Lenovo
server and storage configurations. These include SR650, SR530 with D3280 HDD
populated servers for infinite scale-out capacity storage.

Together WekaFS and Cloudian Hyperstore on Lenovo ThinkSystem unify and simplify
the data pipeline for performance-intensive workloads and accelerated DataOps, all at
1/3rd lower TCO than traditional storage systems

Solution Advantages

High Performance

WekaFS is an ultra-low-latency, high-throughput solution that is purpose built for
environments running concurrent workloads. It is architected to eliminate compute
cluster bottlenecks and reduce valuable processing times, making it ideal for iterative
workloads like AI/machine learning. As the world’s fastest shared parallel file system,
WekaFS is 3x faster than local file systems and 10x faster than traditional NAS.
Running on the industry’s best, Lenovo SR 630, WekaFS provides storage for the
highest performance workloads.


Cloudian HyperStore brings the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud within your data
center. With multiple Lenovo ThinkSystem deployment possibilities, customers can
start small – as small as a 3-node configuration — and scale out to thousands of nodes
as needed. These nodes can be physical or virtual, running on industry-best Lenovo
ThinkSystem SR650 amongst other options. In addition, unlike some systems that
require all nodes to be identical, HyperStore lets you add heterogeneous nodes of
any size, providing scalability across multiple data centers or facilities anywhere in the


The combined solution on Lenovo ThinkSystem provides extensive security features to
deploy and operate a protected storage solution that is FIPS, CFTC 4511, SEC 17 a-4,
Common Criteria compliant and certified at the capacity tier. Security features include:

  • Data encryption and transparent key management
  • AES-256 server-side encryption for data stored at rest
  • SSL encryption for data in transit (HTTPS)
  • Role-based access controls with specified levels of access
  • Fine-grained storage policies and Audit trail logging
  • WORM (Write Once Read Multiple) for storage of immutable data
  • Extremely short RTO providing near-instant recovery of files due to Ransomware
  • Flexible RPO scheduling to meet any file protection requirement


The solution provides high data durability with the option to protect and distribute
data using replication or erasure coding. Administrators can configure the number of
replicas or type of erasure code scheme required to meet SLA and cost objectives.
Storage policies also provide fine grain control of data placement across data centers,
taking into consideration factors such as cost efficiency, security levels, and proximity.


The solution allows multiple users on shared infrastructure without compromising
security. Granular access control and audit logging capabilities control and logically
separate data access. Users can securely access data from the same nodes without
impacting operations. Administrators can also control quality of service (QOS) by
limiting usage rates and setting quotas on a per-group, per-user basis.


Running on cutting edge Lenovo ThinkSystem with local NVMe SSD’s, the solution
drives down the cost of storage for analytics workloads by one-third as compared to
traditional storage.

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Solution Benefits

  • POSIX / SMB / NFS / S3 / GPU Direct Storage / CSI protocols access
  • Enterprise-grade on-prem object storage platform that scales limitlessly
  • Industry leading storage infrastructure with Lenovo ThinkSystem Native S3-APIs with industry-leading compatibility
  • Scale-out modular design with centralized data management and Single global namespace
  • Start small and expand without downtime
  • Military-grade security and regulatory compliance certifications
  • Hybrid and multi-cloud ready
  • Single platform for all applications with 1/3 savings

Use Cases

  • High performance file and object storage
  • Machine Learning, AI, Advanced Analytics and Big Data
  • Life Sciences Research, Genomics
  • Financial Services, High Frequency Trading, Compliance

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