VMWorld 2019 News Bits
This week VMworld 2019 took place in San Francisco, California. While we covered the major announcements from the VMware and Dell Technologies, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Apstra, Lightbits Labs, Cohesity, Rackspace, Supermicro, and Check Point.
Enterprise storage suppliers bring their toys to VMWorld
Suppliers of ancillary products are integrating themselves deeper into the VMware environment as it becomes a dominant platform for enterprise server computing. Let’s look at some of the products on show at VMworld in San Francisco this week.
Phison Brings Everspin’s 1Gb STT-MRAM To Next-Gen SSD Controllers
The technology that never goes mainstream even after 30 years of advancement is advancing even farther into the enterprise market, thanks to a partnership that pairs Everspin's latest 1Gb ICs with Phison’s next-gen SSD controller.
10 Coolest Flash Storage and SSD Technologies of 2019 So Far
Lightbits Labs in April introduced SuperSSD, calling it the industry’s first scalable, Ethernet-attached SSD offering targeting the storage performance, capacity and reliability requirements for artificial intelligence and machine-learning training systems. SuperSSD was purpose-built for fast and massive parallel access to data. The technology virtualizes and manages a large pool of NVMe SSDs with a global flash translation layer (GFTL) for efficient storage utilization and wire-speed access to very large data sets across existing network and compute infrastructures.
Network Growth And Enterprise Storage
This blog presents survey results indicating telco perceptions of the growth and use of 5G networks and particularly the growth of edge computing. We also talk about some recently announced solutions for enterprise storage, including the Seagate Exos platform and its integration with Cloudian Software. We also talk about Lightbits and NVMe over TCP and new SSDs from Toshiba that have been certified with Excelero’s NVMesh software defined block storage.
Everspin Begins Production of 1 Gb STT-MRAM
Everspin recently announced they have begun pilot production of their 1Gb STT-MRAM (Spin-transfer Torque Magnetoresistive RAM) nonvolatile memory, after shipping the first pre-production samples in December. The new MRAM parts are fabbed on a GlobalFoundries 28nm process and are a significant advance in density and capacity compared to their current 40nm 256Mb parts. Production will be ramping up through the second half of this year.
Lightbits Labs raises $50 million for software-defined 'disaggregated' server technology
Datacenters with servers directly attached to solid-state drives (SSDs) often suffer from an imbalance of storage and compute: Either there’s not enough processing power to go around, or physical storage limits get in the way of daily data transfer operations. Four-year-old startup Lightbits Labs claims it has the solution to the perennial underutilization problem, and it’s raising money to prove out its approach. The company today announced that it has raised $50 million in funding led by strategic partners Dell EMC, Cisco, Micron, SquarePeg Capital.
NVM-Express Storage Goes Mainstream Over Ethernet Fabrics
Among the emerging themes for 2019 in the datacenter, one of them is that NVM-Express is finding its place in the storage hierarchy. NVM-Express started out as an important interconnect inside of storage systems, but its extension across network fabrics is very likely going to have a more transformative effect on datacenters as it allows for storage to be disaggregated from compute, enabling the kind of disaggregation and composability that, thus far, only the biggest cloud builders and hyperscalers could afford to create for yourself.
Let there be Lightbits: Hardware-software tag team touts block-level storage at SSD latencies
Israeli startup Lightbits Labs has launched storage software to run NVMe over TCP with optional hardware acceleration. The system is said to support scale-out shared external block access storage at latencies similar to direct-attached SSDs.
Lightbits Labs launches TCP-based NVMe-over-fabrics storage
Lightbits Labs capped more than three years of product development with introductory offerings that turn the mature Transmission Control Protocol into a switched fabric for shared NVMe flash storage. The startup launched three products for NVMe over fabrics: LightOS disaggregated storage software, the LightBox NVMe all-flash array and an optional LightField accelerator card to offload data services.
Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain
NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.
E8 is now selling and shipping a 2U by 24 NVMe SSD and NVMe over Fabrics-accessed array, with dual controllers and some logic agents in the accessing servers. It provides a claimed 10 million IOPS with 100 microsecond latency. The array is actually just a bunch of flash drives and uses dual-port 6.4TB NVMe SSDs, the first such array in the storage business.
Dual Ports Drive NVMe SSD Uptick
Solid state drives (SSDs) that use the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) interface haven't been adopted as quickly as expected, but one storage startup sees the advent of dual port functionality as an opportunity to make inroads the enterprise storage market.
Zivan Ori, CEO and co-founder of E8 Storage, told EE Times in a telephone interview that he sees the industry shifting toward NVMe on both the client and enterprise side. "There's no longer a premium associated with NVMe," Ori said.
The 10 Coolest Storage Startups of 2016
CEO and Co-Founder: Zivan Ori
Tel Aviv-based E8 Storage came out of stealth in May when it said it received $12 million in B-round funding. E8 Storage is developing software-defined NVMe-based storage solutions that will leverage NVMe flash storage for high-performance applications.
Hot data storage technology trends for 2017
As in past years, there's nothing bleeding-edge or impractical here, only newer storage tech that's been proven practical. Hence, while our list of storage technology trends represents the best and brightest the storage industry has to offer, it only includes technologies you can buy and deploy today.
Climb aboard, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to discover our take on what technologies will have the most profound effect on storage shops in 2017.
Storage newbie: You need COTS to really rock that NVMe baby
NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics to give shared arrays the data access latency killing benefits of NVMe. Unlike Nimble architect Dimitris Krekoukias, storage startup E8 believes putting NVMe SSDs in today's all-flash arrays will be futile; it claims we need NVMe fabrics to get the NVMe performance boost.
15 Data Storage Startups
The data storage market has become a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship. Here are 15 data storage startups that are generating excitement, including E8 Storage.
Software defined networking, the cloud, solid state storage: there are many reasons why the days of buying an expensive storage system from an established vendor may well be numbered. Here are 15 innovative startups that may provide a better way to meet your storage needs.
E8 Storage Unveils NVM Express Array
At the Flash Memory Summit 2016 conference today, E8 Storage unveiled a storage array built using solid-state drives (SSDs) based on a Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Express interface that when attached to a high-speed network provides access to shared storage at speeds that are comparable to a locally attached SSD.
E8 Storage brings out 'software-defined DSSD' NVMe array
E8 Storage is entering the all-flash storage market with an appliance that will cram 24 NVMe SSDs into a 2U box. The vendor promises its SSDs will perform with the same latency and throughput as those attached directly to a host.