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DriveScale Takes Composable Infrastructure for Data Intensive Computing to the Next Level with Availability for NVMe over TCP

DriveScale announced the next evolution of its flagship DriveScale Composable Platform, which now includes support for NVMe over TCP. With DriveScale's new release, enterprise organizations now have access to the latest NVMe standard, which directly addresses the needs of big data and machine learning applications that require higher performance from their storage solutions. By offering a software-only solution that supports NVMe over TCP, DriveScale is helping customers stay ahead of the curve as legacy infrastructure solutions struggle to adapt to modern workloads.

Companies today have the ability to use advanced analytics to inform business strategy, streamline operations, identify fraud and engage in real time with customers to impact company growth, across any industry. McKinsey reports that machine learning, deep learning and other advanced analytics will unlock up to $15 trillion in value annually across all industries. To unlock this value, IT teams are storing more data and need to find solutions that scale compute and storage seamlessly and at the same time are still cost-effective.

"The demand for data analytics workloads is increasing at a rate far outpacing IT budget growth driving IT organizations to find new ways to better utilize their compute and storage resources. With DriveScale composable software, IT gains the advantages of cloud infrastructure in their own data center giving them a highly flexible solution that costs 50 percent less than what they deploy today," said Denise Shiffman, Chief Product Officer at DriveScale. "DriveScale composes compute resources with NVMe SSD storage which is then delivered over a standard Ethernet network fabric. The addition of standard TCP will enable broad deployment of composable NVMe in any data center."

The Benefits of NVMe Flash

NVMe provides a dramatic performance and latency advantage over SAS and SATA SSDs due to its highly parallel interface, deep queues and high endurance. There are many performance- hungry applications that demand NVMe flash storage, including IoT streaming and machine learning-based applications. To enable the greatest utilization of the NVMe drives, DriveScale enables users to carve these drives into variable-sized slices and attach them over a network to any compute node. With DriveScale, users create flexible, adaptable logical servers of any ratio of compute to storage, whether HDDs or SSDs are deployed. This enables any data center to become an elastic cloud.

"What's really exciting about NVMe over TCP is that it enables efficient end-to-end NVMe operations over any standard IP network with excellent performance and low latency," said Brian Pawlowski, DriveScale Chief Technology Officer. "This allows large-scale data centers, such as those adopting DriveScale's Composable Platform, to utilize their existing ubiquitous Ethernet infrastructure. With NVMe over TCP's inherent simplicity and ease-of-use, both human and capital costs are reduced."

Published Wednesday, April 03, 2019 9:04 AM by David Marshall
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