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VMblog Expert Interview: Pavilion Data Talks NVMe-Over-Fabrics and Hyperparallel Flash Array at VMworld Europe 2019

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During VMworld Europe 2019, VMblog speaks with Walter Hinton, Head of Marketing for Pavilion Data Systems, to learn more about the company's NVMe-Over-Fabrics solution and the newly released version 2.3 of its Hyperparallel Flash Array and how it all operates with VMware.

VMblog:  Is this the first VMworld sponsorship for Pavilion Data?

Walter Hinton:  Yes, we have attended Dell Technology World, Supercomputing, and a few STAC Summits, but this will be our first time exhibiting at VMworld.  We are a gold sponsor at stand #209.

VMblog:  So why is Pavilion at VMworld in Barcelona this year?   

Hinton:  We have three very newsworthy items for VMworld. 

Our customer Statistics Netherlands (CBS) will be sharing the transformation of their analytics infrastructure based on Pavilion's Hyperparallel Flash Array in a breakout session on Wednesday, November 6, at 15:30 in Hall 8.0, Room 21. This environment features Kubernetes with Greenplum, and the speaker will talk about the benefits gained from K8s and their plans for NVMe-oF as a protocol for VMware Kubernetes environments. 

We will also be announcing next week that our HFA is ready for VMware Storage with NFS and is listed on the HCL. 

And, last, but not least, we will be performing live demonstrations of VMware's yet-to-be-released NVMe-Over-RDMA in our booth.  While this functionality is not planned for delivery until vSphere 7.0, our early performance benchmarks show 2.5 times better read IOPS and 3.5X better write IOPS than what we deliver with NFS today. 

VMblog:  Tell us more about your Hyperparallel Flash Array.  What will potential customers and show attendees find interesting here?

Hinton:  Pavilion's HFA is designed from the ground up for NVMe and NVMe-oF.  It packs 1+ PB of standard NVMe SSDs into 4RU and can deliver 90GB/sec of bandwidth and 20M IOPS.  There is nothing like this out there. 

Over the past few months, we have been working hard to prove our claims.  Just last month, we announced new world records in STAC-M3 benchmarks against file systems like Weka.io, and direct-attached storage with Intel Optane SSDs, and we beat all other tested all-flash arrays in 8 of 17 mean-response time benchmarks. 

Now that we are on the VMware HCL, we are bringing our NVMe-oF technology and expertise to the broader enterprise market.

VMblog:  What should VMworld attendees expect to see at the Pavilion booth and at the show in general?

Hinton:  Keep an eye out for any storage company showing VMware NVMe-Over-RDMA.  There will be just a few, but this technology is going to democratize low latency for the masses.

In our booth, you will be able to see demonstrations of Kubernetes and K8s running on NVMe-oF with persistent containers.  We will also be showing the newly certified NFS solution, as well as the aforementioned demo of native VMware NVMe-Over-RDMA. 

VMblog:  What other verticals do you target these days?

Hinton:  I mentioned the STAC world records, so, obviously, we do business with financial services firms, including banks, hedge funds and high-frequency traders.  We also have a large footprint in HPC and government where big data meets fast data.  We are also very active in media and entertainment.

VMblog:  What else is coming up for Pavilion through the end of the year?

Hinton:  Supercomputing 2019 will be held in my back yard of Denver, Colorado, from November 17-22.  Western Digital and Pavilion Data Systems will be working diligently behind the scenes to support the network and storage backbone of leading high performance computing organizations with thousands of scientists collaborating in real-time. This network is called SCinet'19.  SCinet'19 features the latest advances in networking, compute, GPU and storage to meet the challenges faced by leading edge data intensive experimental programs in high-energy physics, astrophysics, climate and other fields of data-intensive science.  It's heady stuff and we are honored to be selected by Caltech as the storage provider. 

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About Walter Hinton

Walter Hinton is responsible for marketing at Pavilion Data Systems, developer of the world's first Hyperparallel Flash Array.  He has both a deep technical background and extensive experience in building marketing teams and programs. Hinton played a key role in the development of the managed storage industry, having managed all design, implementation, and operations of 21 global data centers for Managed Storage International. He also served as chief strategist at StorageTek where he was one of the creators of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Most recently, Hinton was senior global director of product marketing at Western Digital.  He has written numerous articles, presented at many industry events, and holds a patent for an intelligent SAN.  In his spare time, you will find him playing golf (poorly) at the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield, Colorado.  He earned an MBA from the University of Denver and a BA from William Jewell College (MO) where he was an Oxford Honors Scholar.   

Published Monday, November 04, 2019 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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