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E8 Storage Announces InfiniBand Support Extending High Performance Compute (HPC) Options for New and Existing Customers

Big news from growing storage player, E8.  Bringing InfiniBand to its blazingly fast storage solutions. In a very welcome move E8 have announced added support for InfiniBand to their storage solutions for customers looking to leverage the blazing speed of the centralized NVMe flash only storage, in storage intensive workloads via the speed of InfiniBand.

This will allow local flash storage speeds from networked centralized storage ensuring sufficient IOPS for even the most intensive workloads.

Their press release follows

E8 Storage Announces InfiniBand Support Extending High Performance Compute (HPC) Options for New and Existing Customers

 

Support for the solution highlights the close alignment with Mellanox Technologies and delivers unrivaled performance and ultra-low latency     

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., April 17, 2018 – E8 Storage today announced availability of InfiniBand support to its high performance, NVMe storage solutions. The move comes as a direct response to HPC customers that wish to take advantage of the high speed, low latency throughput of InfiniBand for their data hungry applications. E8 Storage support for InfiniBand will be seamless for customers who now have the flexibility to connect via Ethernet or InfiniBand when paired with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand/VPI adapters.

As our economy becomes more digitally-defined, HPC environments play a critical role in unlocking and harnessing the transformational power of data,” commented Scott Sinclair, senior analyst at ESG. “InfiniBand connectivity combined with the full potential of flash as delivered by E8 Storage is an almost unstoppable partnership in terms of speed, low latency and scalability. Together, this makes E8 Storage and Mellanox a powerful combination for data center implementations and for databases that drive financial trading systems, real-time data analytics, and healthcare applications.”

The announcement also strengthens E8 Storage’s long-standing technology partnership with Mellanox that originally enabled the integration of E8 Storage’s rack scale flash architecture with selected Mellanox adapters. Today, this relationship allows E8 Storage systems to attach directly to existing RDMA high performance networks over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) or InfiniBand connections and makes E8 Storage’s full support of InfiniBand possible especially in HPC environments where the majority of InfiniBand adoption is occurring. Like Ethernet, the InfiniBand products perform at 100Gb/s allowing enhanced scalability as E8 Storage solutions are deployed.

According to the most recent Top 500 supercomputer rankings (Nov 2017), InfiniBand is the second most-used internal system interconnect technology. Further, in a recent evaluation by Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing for HPC products at Mellanox Technologies, Mellanox accounts for 62 percent share of the compute clustering of the true HPC systems.

“We are very pleased that E8 Storage is expanding this partnership to offer full support for our InfiniBand products. Working closely together, our combined products can deliver the lightning-fast and highly scalable network necessary to power data intensive applications, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning that now drive today’s economy,” stated Scot Schultz, Senior Director, HPC/AI and Technical Computing, Mellanox Technologies.

“Today we demonstrate once again that E8 Storage’s architecture can expand, evolve and always extract the full potential of flash performance,” comments Zivan Ori, co-founder and CEO of E8 Storage. “Partnering with market leaders like Mellanox that deliver the very best network connectivity technology ensures we continue to meet and, frequently, exceed the needs of our HPC customers even in their most demanding environments.”

E8 Storage software and appliances with InfiniBand support are available now, contact E8 Storage or your reseller for information on pricing.

E8 Storage is also a sponsor of the IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) User Group which will be held in London from April 18-19, 2018. The event features Spectrum Scale filesystem experts sharing the latest updates. To schedule a meeting with executives, visit https://e8storage.com/events/.

 

About E8 Storage

E8 Storage is a pioneer in shared accelerated storage for data-intensive, high-performance applications that drive business revenue. E8 Storage’s affordable, reliable and scalable solution is ideally suited for the most demanding low-latency workloads, including real-time analytics, financial and trading applications, transactional processing and large-scale file systems. Driven by the company’s patented architecture, E8 Storage’s high-performance shared NVMe storage solution delivers 10 times the performance at half the cost of existing storage products. With E8 Storage, enterprise datacenters can enjoy unprecedented storage performance density and scale, delivering NVMe performance without compromising on reliability and availability. Privately held, E8 Storage is based in Santa Clara with R&D in Tel Aviv, and channel partners throughout the US and Europe. For more information, please visit www.e8storage.com, and follow us on Twitter @E8Storage and LinkedIn.

 

Who wouldn’t be excited by faster access to their data? i know i am!

Thanks for reading

Tchau for now!

Repost: Avere Systems is Acquired by Microsoft

Big congratulations to Avere Systems, who recently announced their acquisition by Microsoft. Avere is a company I’ve followed since inception in 2008. Their technology started as an edge NAS filer, extending data centre content to branch offices. Over time, the platform became virtual and moved to the public cloud. Today, vFXT (the cloud instance of the filer), enables customers to present their data to cloud resources and use the benefit of public cloud analytics and processing, without having to commit to the wholesale migration of data to public cloud storage.

Interesting blog post over at architecting.it and shows Microsoft’s commitment to developing the hybrid cloud and its applications, check it out!

Avere Systems is Acquired by Microsoft

 

I hope you all had a the best of holiday seasons, and i should be back again soon.

Tchau for now!

Phil

 

Netapp ‘s Soldifire HCI Overview at VMworld 2017 – Tech Field Day Extra.

Netapp ‘s Soldifire HCI Overview. I had a chance to get a overview of Netapp’s new HCI Product while at Tech Field Day Extra while attending VMworld 2017.

 

I’ve long been a fan of the Solidfire Technology. From the early day’s to after the purchase and the re-branding of the product into Netapp.

 

 

Solidfire has always been built on Guaranteed Performance, flexibility & scale, and automated infrastructure and the Netapp Solidfire HCI product is no different.

 

With Netapp’s HCI Architecture, you see standard services that you would across all Netapp Products.

 

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Here is the appliance and the new Netapp Solidfire look!

 

 

The idea is to indepentily scale the compute or storage nodes.

 

One OS across the entire Solidfire Platform.

 

Built on a open storage model.

 

 

Grow as needed.

 

Node Information

 

 

 

Great Stuff! Looking forward to learning more!

 

Here is the link to the Tech Field Day Video

 

 

 

 

Thanks

 

 

Roger Lund

 

 

 

NetApp Insight 2016 – General Session – Day 1

Today I am joining you live from NetApp Insight 2016.

This is my best attempt to keep up with the keynote as it happens, Pardon any missed content.
Roger Anderson joins us on stage after a nice media presentation, “who said data wasn’t exciting”

He talks about the value to both Customers and partners, and that they have made this event something special.

And welcomes us to #netappinsight 2016.

The conversation turns to the event, and how it is a netapp milestone, and now with feedback, less general sessions, more breakout sessions and labs than every before.

Roger Introduced George Kurian. He Talks about Digital Transformation, and that Data is the currency of the digital economy.

He goes on to talk about Netapp’s Success in Data Management in the last 20 years.

He brings up Simplify, And Modernize IT in Infrastracture , Scale and Accelerating Business Performance. Examples are SSD, Scale out, and Solidfire.

He talks about Data Silos , and how they Hinder the Data Center, and how the competition focuses on technology that hinders transformation. Netapp’s Data Fabric Enables IT’s Digital Transformation.

He goes into Transforming Netapp to serve you in the New Era of IT. by Serving more device customers with expanding technology innovation.

Next George is Addressing how customers want to buy and consume solutions by embracing the partner ecosystems.

He indicates that Netapp is the fastest Growing San vendor.

He talks about More and More Customers and Services Providers use Cloud because of Netapp Cloud Strategies.

He Introduces the 2016 Innovation Award Finalists. Mercy Technology services took the stage and talked about the success they have had with Netapp and SSD.

He leaves us with one thought. Challenge us to to make us better. And Welcome to Netapp Insight.

George introduces Joel Reich. Joel talks about yesterday’s Data Management, and how it has changed in the last 50 years.

He talks about Data, and the Power of it. Data is the new oil. The Netapp Data Fabric, is the new bank.

The solution to catching in on your new data, is data fabric.

Joe introduces the new all flash FAS AFF A700, and AFF A300. New Hybrid Models FAS9000, FAS8200, FAS 2600.

Joe Shows off the Netapp Flash Platform, with EF, AFF, And Solidfire. Next they plan a video on Solidfire.

Joe talks about Oncommand Insight and the power of Analytics.

Next they close with a demo of Snap Center, Snap Mirror, with AltaVault to the cloud. Next they backup to Storage Grid, and then Azure. Then they show how they can use Data Fabric to restore files from Amazon to your Data Center.

Next they talk about Data in Space, and NASA, and the JPL Data Center. They talk about how they use data transformation from file to object and back, with security. They use Cloud Sync, and do a demo. This allows File to Object, and back Object to file.

Cloud Sync is onthe Amazon Market Place.

 

Now Henri Richard takes the stage.

He talks about Partnerships, and Introduces Samsung. Samsung talks about trends and the 2.2 connections for each human on the planet. He is talking about the massive amount of data these devices are making.

Samsung talking about 3d NAN, 16TB SSD, and the newly announced 32TB SSD’s. They talk about Z-NAD Z-SSD.

Netapp AFF8020, and Multi-Stream , Custom Firmware for Improved NAND, Endurance.

He closes talking about the History of Samsung and Netapp Innovation.

 

Next up is Cisco. They play a video featuring Flexpod. Cisco Takes the stage, and they talk about the partnership, and flexpod. How they have 7300 flexpod customers, 1100 partners, and more.

Next they discuss the Digital Transformation, and the driving changes in IT. They detail how Application Architectures , Operational Models, and Consumption models need to change , and we are living those shifts today.

Next Cisco talks about the Data Center Strategy, and how they have making strides with a Programable infrastructure , policy driven platform. They talk about Solidfire and Flexpod, and overall customer simplicity.

Next up is Fujitsu. They talk about the Human centric innovation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Lund

See the data, not just the storage with DataGravity

DataGravity @DataGravityInc has revealed what the announced secret gravity sauce is all about. Be sure to check out the press release ” DataGravity Unveils Industry’s First Data-Aware Storage Platform”

“NASHUA, N.H., August 19, 2014 – DataGravity today announced the launch of the DataGravity Discovery Series, the first ever data-aware storage platform that tracks data access and analyzes data as it is stored to provide greater visibility, insight and value from a company’s information assets. The DataGravity Discovery Series delivers storage, protection, data governance, search and discovery powered by an enterprise-grade hardware platform and patent-pending software architecture, enabling midmarket companies to glean new insights and make better business decisions.”

We often see new storage Array’s, with a impressive list of new features. Lets see how this stacks up.

From http://datagravity.com/sites/default/files/resource-files/DataGravity-DiscoverySeries-Datasheet-081714.pdf copyright Datagravity

Looks fairly standard, a nice sharp looking box. But what makes this unique?

Why the fuss? why do we care what is on our storage? With the increasing costs of data, many are looking to what what is taking the space, and using the disk.

“The unstructured data dilemma is growing, and IDC has been predicting technology would catch up to provide an answer to the market demand,” said Laura Dubois, program vice president of storage at IDC. “The DataGravity approach is transformational in an industry where innovation has been mostly incremental. DataGravity data-aware storage can tell you about the data it’s holding, making the embedded value of stored information accessible to customers who cannot otherwise support the cost and complexity of solutions available today.”

Source http://datagravity.com/datagravity-unveils-first-data-aware-storage

“The Digital Universe in 2020″ report, IDC estimates that the overall volume of digital bits created, replicated, and consumed across the United States will hit 6.6 zettabytes by 2020. That represents a doubling of volume about every three years. For those not up on their Greek numerical prefixes, a zettabyte is 1,000 exabytes, or just over 25 billion 4-TB drives.” Source http://www.networkcomputing.com/storage/2014-state-of-storage-cost-worries-grow/a/d-id/1113476

Today companies often lavage things like Hadoop, EMC ESA or new offerings like CloudPhysics to learn what people are using storage for in their environment, or to get data out of the system.

This becomes more complex with Big Data

That’s all great, but how does DataGravity change things?

From http://datagravity.com/sites/default/files/resource-files/DataGravity-DiscoverySeries-Datasheet-081714.pdf copyright DataGravity

DataGravity Discovery Series Demo: End user role-based access

DataGravity Discovery Series Demo: Analyze your file shares

DataGravity Discovery Series Demo: Find Experts and Collaborators

Great, I See some neat features. But what about standard storage features, like data protection? And Data Protection?

DataGravity Discovery Series Demo: Preview, download and restore files

DataGravity Discovery Series Demo: Provision and protect your storage

I’m excited to see this at VMworld. VMworld attendees can see it in action at the DataGravity booth, #1647, August 24 through 28 in San Francisco.

I will be attending VMworld, and Tech Field Day. Make sure to check back to the DataGravity page. http://techfieldday.com/appearance/datagravity-presents-at-tech-field-day-extra-at-vmworld-us-2014/

Lets check out what others are saying about DataGravity

DataGravity – First Look

“Perhaps you’ve heard of DataGravity (@DataGravityInc), or perhaps you haven’t. They’ve been staying pretty quiet about what they’ve been working on. Today, however, they’re dropping the veil. Read on for a look into what you can expect from this exciting announcement!”

by James Green

Why is DataGravity Such a Big Deal?

“DataGravity just released their embargo and my little techie corner of the Internet is on fire. There’s a very good reason for that, but it might not be obvious at a glance. Read on to learn why DataGravity is a Big Deal even though it might not work out.”

by Stephen Foskett

Make sure to check the full articles out.

I hope you enjoyed the write up.

Roger Lund