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EXTEN Introduces the First Storage Software Platform Supporting the NVMe over Fabrics, Redfish, and Swordfish Open Industry Standards

EXTEN Technologies, Inc. announced today the introduction of its HyperDynamic NVMe over Fabrics high-performance storage software. EXTEN pioneered NVMe-oF (NVM Express over Fabrics) with some of the industry's earliest implementations in 2015. Now, EXTEN continues its innovation with its HyperDynamic storage software platform, the first high-performance storage solution incorporating the NVMe-oF, Redfish, and Swordfish open industry standards to support unlimited scaling of cloud and other demanding data centers for data and performance intensive workloads.

EXTEN is demonstrating and showcasing its HyperDynamic storage software at the annual Flash Memory Summit (FMS) being held next week in Santa Clara, California. FMS attendees can learn more at EXTEN partner booths that include AIC, Broadcom, Celestica, Mellanox, and Solarflare.

"The scalability requirements of modern cloud data centers surpass the capabilities of customary storage architectures and solutions," says Michael Enz, Chief Architect for EXTEN. "Data center architects know that even the most advanced all flash solid-state drive (SSD) solutions cannot overcome the inherent limitations of traditional storage area network (SAN) architectures. EXTEN's NVMe over Fabrics storage architecture provides the required extensibility and flexibility required with performance that saturates current platforms."

Next-Generation Storage Technology

The EXTEN HyperDynamic storage software disaggregates storage by moving non-volatile memory, including flash and 3D XPoint SSDs, from traditional storage and server systems to fabric-attached enclosures like JBOFs (just a bunch of flash) connected using low-latency and high-bandwidth NVMe over Fabrics technology. The HyperDynamic software runs on a flexible hardware ecosystem, including industry-standard Intel and AMD x64 servers and custom SoC-based enclosures, providing the freedom to design highly-optimized solutions using components from diverse manufacturers that balance cost and performance. Solutions based on HyperDynamic software are extensible using a RESTful API and custom microservices to facilitate the development of advanced data management and other capabilities.

"We listened carefully to real customers with a variety of cloud and other demanding workloads who wanted to overcome the challenges of scalable capacity and performance with legacy storage systems," says Craig Gilmore, CEO of EXTEN. "I want to thank our engineering team for designing a game changing storage solution that exceeds the expectations of our partners, addresses the most demanding customer requirements and surpasses anything currently available in the marketplace."

Open Industry Standards for Management

Support for Redfish and Swordfish open management standards are incorporated within the EXTEN HyperDynamic RESTful API to simplify data center operations. Storage Network Industry Association's (SNIA) Swordfish is an open industry standard that defines the management of data storage and services. It is an extension to the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF) Redfish application programming interface (API) specification designed for use by cloud and web-based IT professionals. Together, Redfish and Swordfish facilitate integration by EXTEN partners and simplify management by customers of solutions incorporating the HyperDynamic storage software.

Published Friday, August 03, 2018 1:35 PM by David Marshall
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