Articles about Avere


Avere's SwiftStack S3 hack tack

Avere can fix object storage's slow access problem, and is using Amazon's S3 to have its FXT box speed up SwiftStack. Object storage is not renowned for high performance access, not being on a par with filers and SANs. Avere's traditional schtick is to speed up filer data access. IO is supercharged with multiple levels of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

Avere climbs higher up the Google cloud mountain

Filer speed turbocharger Avere has a faster virtual filer in the cloud and front-ends Google Nearline and DRA cloud storage. It's adding the three-second data retrieval Nearline and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) support to its existing FXT front-end caching box' support of Google cloud storage. This means that data in …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015
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Like a wedding cake: Avere unveils three-tier AWS cloud NAS

Avere is punting a three tier filer in the AWS cloud using its virtual FXT filer accelerator software. The general idea is that you have compute instances running in the AWS cloud and they use file data, so you need a NAS in the cloud. You have choices about where to put the file data: EC2 RAM for the fastest access; EBS …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2015

Avere cuddles Google, continues with Amazon. Label that under ‘It's complicated’

It's double your dates time: Avere has evolved its FXT front-end filer accelerator into a cloud storage gateway, first with Amazon and now with Google. On-premises workloads and data sets can be pumped out from an on-premises NAS array through the FXT Edge Filer to Google's Cloud Platform. The Chocolate Factory has been adding …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2015
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Comparing Avere and Violin – one's overlooked, the other's overcooked

Comment Sitting at my desk early today I thought a couple of thoughts: Avere was getting overlooked while Violin Memory is in danger of getting overcooked – one company almost ignored and the other facing intense scrutiny. Why? Avere’s relative invisibility It's been a glorious spring and summer for storage news and that means that …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015
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SFX studio uses Avere turbocharger to accelerate Isilon rocket

Comment Who would think a rocket needs a turbocharger? Yet data access from Isilon filers is being accelerated by front-end Avere FXT devices in a movie special effects rendering environment. Avere has previous in the SFX industry, having been used to render effects for the film Gravity, accelerating hardware-accelerated BlueArc …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2015

Avere: Cloud storage needs caching too. Why? Because latency...

Comment Avere has a software-only cloud storage gateway that runs in Amazon's compute cloud (ECC) and feeds its compute instances faster with data from storage clouds or on-premises storage arrays. At first glance, this seems decidedly odd. Why would you need a cloud storage gateway, a thing that relies on data caching locally to avoid …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2014
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Avere gets edgy, speeds up flash flier filer

Avere produces clusterable FXT filer accelerators using tiering across RAM, Flash/SSD, fast SAS disk, and nearline SATA/SAS disks to accelerate access to file data from a filer behind it. Edge filers take this model further – making traditional filers look like slow, high-capacity data stores. Edge filers can store files up in …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2014
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Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

Bezos' boys will be pleased while data centre storage admins become fearful; Avere has run a file access benchmark showing file access to Amazon S3 in the cloud is the same as WAN file access to a ZFS data store - and Cleversafe object storage. It claims that it is the first and only vendor to provide low-latency, scalable NAS …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014

Backers stump up 'Amazon' $20m to fund Avere's cloud ascension

Go-faster filer front-end box startup Avere wants to be a cloud storage gateway as well and has landed $20m in fourth rounding funding to grow its sales, marketing and international ops. The public cloud back-ending of storage arrays is becoming more prominent, with NetApp extending its ONTAP software to control data access for …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014

Avere shrugs at bespoke clouds, bolts Glacier onto its NAS range

Avere, the filer accelerator supplier, has integrated cloud storage into its NAS universe, including Amazon's Glacier, with a single file namespace including on-premise and cloud storage. Instead of providing a separate cloud storage gateway product, Avere has added the cloud gateway as a feature to its existing FXT filer …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013
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Avere releases FXT3800 speed filer

Avere has upped its accelerated edge filer game with the FXT 3800, which is 40 per cent faster on the SPECsfs2008 benchmark than the existing FXT 3500. FXT products started out as filer accelerators and evolved into small (or edge) filers as well, relegating existing filers to be bulk file stores with hot files served from the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013

Avere to tart up FXT with cloud storage gateway, mutterings foretell

Avere is working on a strategy to front-end cloud object storage products with FXT, its filer-accelerating NVRAM, flash and disk tiered system technology, say storage insiders. Conversations with people close to the situation suggest that customers using Avere's clustered filer acceleration products - and there are about 100 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012

Avere attacks filer VDI boot slowdown

NAS accelerator supplier Avere can make NetApp VDI boot storm delays go away, and it has the numbers to prove it. By placing a multi-tiered, solid state and hard drive caching Avere FXT filer accelerator in front of a NetApp filer, VDI boot storm files are transferred to the FXT and served up to booting devices faster and at a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012

Avere moves from accelerating filers to building them

Avere is moving from accelerating filers to building them, introducing its own Edge Filer plus filer migration and replication software too. It's starting to compete directly with EMC and NetApp NAS boxes. At a press briefing in Sunnyvale CEO Ron Bianchini said; "AOS 3.0 is what we really wanted to build." He says it builds on …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2012
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Avere destroys NetApp benchmark after just 13 DAYS

Well, that didn't last long: just 13 days. Filer accelerator Avere has shown it has real teeth by sinking them into NetApp's ankles and pulling it off the top of the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark hill by achieving a new record SPECsfs2008 score. Avere's appliances use multiple solid state and spinning disk tiers as caches for …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2011

Avere gets more funding

Avere, the maker of the multi-tiered filer accelerator FTX products, has picked up another $17m in funding. It aims to "rapidly expand production and distribution of its FXT Series appliances that accelerate the performance and reduce the costs of NAS environments." The tiers include NV-RAM, NAND flash and SAS disk, and Avere …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2010

Avere punches up file access with 2 more accelerators

Suffering from slow file access speeds? Avere has introduced two faster and more scalable filer accelerators. Its FXT accelerators are multi-tiered and clusterable nodes placed in-line in front of filers, and storing data I/Os in the most appropriate media, from DRAM, NVRAM, through flash, SAS and SATA disk, to accelerate random …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2011

Avere tries again in the UK

Avere tried selling its FXT filer accelerator boxes in the UK through Shoden, only to see that effort crash and burn. Now the storage vendor is trying again with value-added distributor VADition. Why should VADition succeed where Shoden failed? The answer, according to sales director Jason Dance, is targeting. He says there are …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2011

Avere extends FXT box for virtual stuffing

Avere has extended is its FXT multi-tiered filer accelerator box to aggregate filers together inside a single global name space. The FXT has many tiers of storage, from DRAM, though NV-RAM, SSD to SAS disk drives on which it caches file reads and writes to/from back-end filers, and provides substantial I/O acceleration. An FXT …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2011

HGST's Active Archive System and the 'currency of the new economy'

What better thing for a disk drive company to do than announce a drive array to archive data and increase demand for its spinning disks? HGST has gone and done just that with its Active Archive System array, built using acquired Amplidata object storage tech. Object storage technology views files as objects, with the content …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2015
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Shoden draws a blank with Avere

UK systems integrator Shoden lucked out trying to sell Avere filer accelerator appliances. There was no interest, none. What does this mean for Avere's prospects? Avere's FXT appliance is a multitiered accelerator that caches direct kinds of filer I/O on different tiers of storage, ranging from RAM, through NVRAM, NAND and SAS …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2011

Avere menaces NetApp with accelerators

Avere says it is capturing business that would have gone to NetApp because its clustered accelerators cost less than NetApp storage upgrades, and run faster. The FXT products from Avere are called optimisers by the company, and they sit in front of filers. They use tiers of storage, including DRAM, NV-RAM, flash and 10K SAS disk …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2011

Storage firms drop 'A bombs' on the backup biz

The backup battleship product news blitz continues with broadsides from Actifio, Arcserve, Asigra and Avere, all involving the cloud. How the hell does anybody keep up with this barrage of backup news? Actifio Actifio is a file copy reduction startup which has been getting involved in disaster recovery. The technology involves …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2015

Avere screeches straight through VDI storms

Avere, which makes clustered filer accelerator nodes, is striping data across caches and even caching multiple copies to handle burst read requests. When servers deluge a filer with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) boot requests, the filers can struggle. A thousand or more boot requests can occur in a VDI storm and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2010
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Yep, we'll judge WHOLE DARN storage config. Problem with that?

Behold. The benchmarkers have brainstormed a fresh filer performance measure – SPEC SFS 2014. It looks at end-to-end filer performance instead of looking at component levels, as did the previous SPECsfs 2008 measure. SPEC SFS 2014 stands for the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation and its Solution File Server 2014 test. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2015

Struggling tape bods Quantum a few quids in after good quarter

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but two certainly does indicate warmer weather is on the way. So too for Quantum, which has just made a profit – the first one after four quarters of losses. Quantum, that perennially struggling tape, disk and file management vendor, has just reported a positive second fiscal 2015 quarter ending …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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Avere adds flash to filer accelerator

Avere announced its FXT filer accelerator appliance last year with a missing flash storage tier. It's filled that gap with the FXT 2700 adding the flash for extra filer dash. Avere burst onto the network-attached storage (NAS) with a 4-tier architecture FTX NAS accelerator appliance containing DRAM, NVRAM and 15K SAS disk to …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2010

ClearSky: Keeping your premises free of unwanted clouds

Interview Dump your on-premises SAN and fly to the cloud via an all-flash on-ramp: that's the message from startup ClearSky Data. Enterprises should access all their data, throughout its lifecycle, via a fully-managed service and, implicitly, hit the eject button on their on-premises data-storage equipment. ClearSky was founded by CEO …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015
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Spinnaker vets win funds for Avere start-up

Avere, a new storage venture formed by Ron Bianchini and other Spinnaker veterans from NetApp, has gained $15m in Series A funding. We expect a product announcement next month, one that will feature tiered solid state disk (SSD) and disk drive storage in a single product with a demand-driven aspect, presumably meaning it scales …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2009
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Shoden resells Avere

UK system integrator Shoden Data Systems is reselling Avere's FTX filer accelerator. This hot box is a four-tiered caching and virtualising appliance sitting in front of network-attached storage (NAS) arrays which stores data in DRAM, NV-RAM, flash or SAS disk to speed both file reads and writes according to I/O and data types …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2010
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Avere boosts NAS filer performance

Newcomer Avere is one of four NAS storage suppliers to have exceeded 100,000 IOPS on the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark, with one quarter to one twelfth of the disks needed by the others - and with a faster overall response time as well. Avere front-ends a bulk data NAS filer with its tiered FXT filer acceleration appliance announced …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2009

It's a boxless, super-flash, hyper-converged world: But what'll we do for BULK STORAGE?

Blocks & Files Bulk secondary and tertiary data is going to the cloud. Not right now and not for everybody but the local ownership, operation and management of secondary data storage is costly and complicated and – slowly but surely – the cloud storage services are getting cheap enough and reliable enough to take over. CIOs will likely …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014
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Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud

Organisations continue to buy storage. In fact, I was talking to a storage salesman not so long ago who was telling me that one of his customers regularly calls asking for a quote for “a couple more petabytes." However, on-premises storage is not the end of the story. Yes, you need to have storage electronically close (with …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Jul 2015

Aggressive HGST hurls flashy humdingers at online archiving

Comment Holy Moly, HGST is getting ambitious. It's building an active archive platform product in competition with some of its OEMs and its aiming to rewrite server clustering with a flash fabric - oh and develop helium-filled disk drives - and shingled drives with its own slant - and thinking of Phase Change Memory chips with DIMM …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2014
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Big Blue drops a billion dollars to refresh its pig herd's lipstick

Comment Confirming earlier leaks, IBM has decided storage needs to be sold under the software-defined rubric and has given various existing products a Spectrum wash and brush-up; like green-wash but think software-defined. It also plans to invest more than $1bn in its storage software portfolio over the next five years. IBM Systems SVP …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Who's that at the door, storage box flingers? It's the hard drive makers. No, they are not smiling

Analysis Hard drive makers are, metaphorically speaking, shifting from being gunsmiths to arms dealers. In other words, their customers, who take the drives and put them in boxes, better watch out. Let's take a look at where the industry is heading: Seagate acquires Xyratex and sells its ClusterStor HPC and enterprise big data arrays. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014

Who's the fat kid on the storage see-saw? We think it's All-Flash

Analysis We're in a kind of phoney war right now as all-flash arrays, hybrid arrays and hyper-conveged arrays fight for mind-and wallet-share. The storage world is in stasis whilst customers work out what to do with the onslaught of SAN/filer alternatives coming their way. What are the suppliers doing to cover the various ways customers …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2015
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If you absolutely must do a ‘private cloud’ thing, here's how

I dislike the term “private cloud". As far as I'm concerned, there's really no difference between what I'd call a “traditional” homespun virtualised infrastructure and what they call “private cloud” these days. As Gartner puts it, private cloud is: “A form of cloud computing that is used by only one organisation, or that …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Sep 2015

How do you really know if a storage array will perform for you?

When you have an existing storage array infrastructure with a variety of server apps about to hit the array, how do you know if array technology upgrades or even a new array will work as well or better than the existing kit? Do you trust your vendor and generalised performance data: It does 450,000 IOPS? This version is 1.3 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015

Object storage adoption: Why, when, where… and, importantly, but

Comment In one of my recent posts, I wrote about private object storage not being for everyone, especially if you don’t have the size to make it viable. On the other hand, we are all piling up boatloads of data and users need to access it from many different locations, applications and devices at anytime. Object storage …

Storage upstart Huawei snatches NFS filer crown

Chinese storage interloper Huawei has shattered standards body SPEC's sfs2008 Network File System (NFS) benchmark by scoring 3,064,602 IOPS. That's roughly twice as fast as rival Avere and NetApp 6240 clusters. Read about the Avere and NetApp results here. The Huawei result came from a 24-node cluster of OceanStore N8500 nodes, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2012
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Avere bets filers are crying out for more tiers

Start-up Avere has designed a 4-tier filer appliance to deliver much faster I/O and dramatically lower the number of spindles needed in a high-performance filer. With the Avere FTX Series, the company has undertaken a complete overhaul of filer architecture and moved on from the embedded server-plus-drive-trays approach …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2009

2014 AD: A year in storage. STILL not enough nails for the disk coffin lid

Beard Stroke Spending some of the festive season in San Francisco has given me a chance to look back at the wonderful world of storage and to ponder which may have been the biggest overall storage stories over the past twelve months or so. Here's what I think are the strongest contenders: Splintering of SAN/NAS Cloud storage in public and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2014

What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

Cloud storage upstart Nasuni has been granted a patent for its UniFS file system, which layers a filesystem onto a public cloud storage provider’s object storage systems. Nasuni (NAS-unified) offers primary storage in the public cloud through its filers, NF-series cloud storage gateway systems. One aspect of this is that the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013
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Moneymen dash to hand cash to storage upstarts

Comment There has been a sudden rush of venture capital cash to storage startups as mainstream vendors respond to the upstarts' products and squeeze their growth window. The backing VCs want fast growth to IPO level run rate revenues so they can get their exit before the startup's growth fizzles out. Only last year, storage startups …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2014
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Spy romp Zero Dark Thirty: The tech behind the special effects

High capacity and fast data access is vital in the world of digital film processing, and its IT bods are always on the look out for their next speed and capacity fix. Networked storage biz Avere worked with post-production house Image Engine to feed its need for speed in rendering spy thriller Zero Dark Thirty - directed by The …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013

In the cloud storage gateway game? Prepare to be AMAZONED

Jeff Bezos’s big biffing business is building its own cloud storage gateway hardware to get data into Amazon's S3, striking fear and loathing into the hearts of existing storage gateway suppliers. Amazon’s existing Storage Gateway is software-only, and runs in a VM in a customer’s own data centre server and moves data back and …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2013
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Honey, I BLEW UP the International SPACE STATION - in full 3D

A few years ago the idea of accelerating a BlueArc filer would have seemed bizarre; it's got its own hardware acceleration. But now media special effects processing can be so mind-blowingly intensive that the hardware accelerated filer itself needs accelerating. The case that's illustrating this point is the new George Clooney …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2013

Zerowait feeds hungry NetApp punters tasty NASAGNA

NetApp support outfit Zerowait says its customers should not bother to buy new NetApp filers, when it can accelerate the old ones with its caching appliance. The firm's NASAGNA – NAS Acceleration and Global Namespace Appliance (our acronym) – is a tasty dish that sticks a box containing a mix of DRAM, solid state drives and SAS …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2012