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OCP Global Summit 2022 Q&A: Pliops Will Showcase Their Key-Value Storage Engine for NoSQL Databases


Are you getting ready for the upcoming Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit? Its the largest gathering of technologists looking to apply the benefits of open source and open collaboration to hardware and software, and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.  The event is quickly approaching, taking place October 18-20, 2022, in San Jose, California.  The theme for this year's event is "Empowering Open."

Ahead of the show, VMblog received an exclusive interview with Tony Afshary, Global VP of Products & Marketing at Pliops.  Pliops is a technology innovator focused on making data centers run faster and more efficiently. The company’s Extreme Data Processor (XDP) radically simplifies the way data is processed and flash is managed. Pliops overcomes storage inefficiencies to massively accelerate performance and dramatically reduce overall infrastructure costs for data-hungry applications.



VMblog: To kick things off, give VMblog readers a quick overview of the company.

Tony Afshary:  As a provider of data processors for cloud and enterprise data centers, Pliops is focused on making data centers run faster and more efficiently. Pliops overcomes data storage inefficiencies to massively accelerate performance and dramatically reduce overall infrastructure costs for data-hungry applications such as relational databases, NoSQL, in-memory databases, analytics, AI/ML, 5G, IoT, and other data-intensive applications.

We offer multiple data services on top of our Extreme Data Processor (XDP), including XDP-Drive Failure Protection, which allows customers to solve the problem of making cluster denser and more reliable; XDP-Accelerate, the best way to deploy databases to maximize data storage capacity and reliability; and XDP-Key Value Store, to accelerate decision making and scaling for customers that are running Key-Value NoSQL databases.

VMblog:  What will you be showing off at the show this year?  And how can attendees find you at the show?

Tony Afshary:  Come visit our booth #B33, where we'll be conducting demonstrations to show business applications running significantly faster and more efficiently with our Key-Value Storage Engine for NoSQL databases. Takeaways include:

  • Superior performance and latency measurements
  • Impact on OSS distributed NoSQL Database
  • Improving analytics in Redis

VMblog: What is your message to OCP Global Summit attendees?  What message should they walk away with after visiting your booth?

Tony Afshary:  It's time to rethink data center architectures. With Pliops, companies can scale for adoption of the modern applications needed to compete in today's world - leveraging the infrastructure they already have. And our newest solution takes key-value performance to breakthrough levels, helping companies simplify and accelerate their KV-based databases.

VMblog:  What market needs or problems is your company addressing?  And how?

Tony Afshary:  In general, Pliops technology delivers a fundamental building block for the data-centric era. The Pliops Extreme Data Processor (XDP) and our new APIs enable application workload scalability with accelerated performance, higher reliability and data protection in existing and new data centers. XDP extends the potential to crunch, store and move data, helping companies get more from their growing data volumes and data center footprint - leading to reduced costs and energy consumption.

Our newest solution is specifically designed to overcome architecture limitations of traditional RocksDB deployment, streamlining architecture and eliminating complexities to deliver breakthrough levels of workload performance, scalability and efficiency.

VMblog:  Is your company launching anything new at the show?  Can you give us a sneak peek?

Tony Afshary:  Yes, we'll be unveiling a new Key-Value Storage Engine, which will help simplify and accelerate KV-based applications including MySQL, MyRocks, Redis, KV-Rocks, TiDB, Kafka, Spark and others.

VMblog:  What are some of the key takeaways of your solution that OCP Global Summit conference goers should be aware of?  And what sets you apart from the competition?

Tony Afshary:  Our new KV solution is designed to overcome the unstructured data challenges facing modern enterprises. It will increase throughput by 20x while reducing tail latency by 100x and normalized CPU by 10x in RocksDB-based databases.

VMblog:  What are some of the security best practices attendees should be aware of and be implementing in their organizations?

Tony Afshary:  We are helping our customers get more from their infrastructure investments. When business applications and databases are deployed with Pliops XDP, they will get more transactions from the node, have better system utilization, and have a lot more reliability. All those help with overall data security aspects.

VMblog:  I'm sure the keynotes will discuss big pictures, but what trends are you seeing that we should be aware of in 2022?

Tony Afshary:  We continue to see a deluge of data hitting our customers - yet current SW architectures for business applications, combined with CPU limitations, are limiting their ability to handle this deluge. They have to overprovision everything, which leads to additional costs - and this is amplified by inflated prices, shortage of labor and supply issues.

VMblog:  Does your company have any speaking slots at OCP Global Summit?  If so, can you tell us more about those sessions so people can get them on their schedules?

Tony Afshary:  Yes, we will present a technical session titled, "Innovating Storage Performance with Key-Value Accelerators" on October 19 at 9:10 a.m. PT. Delivered by Edward Bortnikov, vice president of technology for Pliops, the session looks at a new class of data processors that enable in-memory type performance using SSD-like cost economics without compromising on performance and data sets. 

VMblog:  Finally, I have to ask.  Is your company giving away any interesting tchotchke?

Tony Afshary:  We have very interesting giveaways at our booth, but we think visitors will walk away with a lot more when they visit us - that is, an answer to their data flow issues related to business applications.


Published Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:53 PM by David Marshall
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