Cray Announces Urika-XA Advanced Analytics Platform

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Today Cray announced the launch of the Company’s new big data analytics product — the Cray Urika-XA system. Pre-integrated with the Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark frameworks, the Cray Urika-XA system provides customers with the benefits of a turnkey analytics appliance combined with a flexible, open platform that can be modified for future analytics workloads.

We are past the point in time where big data is only for the few willing and able to experiment, and quickly evolving to a period where organizations are trying to leverage technology and analysis of this big data across their many mission critical processes,” said Dan Vesset, program vice president, business analytics and big data, IDC. “The Cray solution not only combines supercomputing technologies and performance with the Hadoop and Spark ecosystems, it also allows companies to consolidate various analytics pipelines into one platform. It’s a compelling product that should draw the interest of companies in various vertical markets with advanced analytics needs.”

The Cray Urika-XA system features up to 48 compute nodes with integrated SSDs in a single 42U rack, including Intel Xeon processors, an InfiniBand interconnect, and a Cray Sonexion storage system. The software stack for the Urika-XA system includes Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, Cray Adaptive Runtime for Hadoop and the Urika-XA management system.

With the launch of the Cray Urika-XA system, Cray now has two big data analytics solutions in its product portfolio designed to work together or separately, depending on the workload. The YarcData Urika appliance for graph discovery has been renamed the Cray Urika-GDTM system. Cray now offers customers a big data solution for real-time discovery using graph analytics, and an advanced analytics solution supporting Hadoop, Spark and a wide range of analytic applications.

The Cray Urika-XA system will be generally available in December 2014.

For more information, check out the RichReport Podcast interview with Cray VP Ramesh Menon.

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