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

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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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

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

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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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
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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
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Bring us your baffled Backup Exec biz bods, beg Axcient, Zetta

Axcient and Zetta have seized the moment and are offering migration services to Backup Exec Cloud users facing being left out in the unprotected cold by Symantec's withdrawal from the Backup Exec Cloud offering. Symantec has announced it is shuttering its Backup Exec Cloud service, leaving users to make alternative arrangements …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2013
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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

On Tuesday, 12 August, 2014, the internet hit an arbitrary limit of more than 512,000 routes. This 512K route limit is something we have known about for some time. The fix for Cisco devices – and possibly others – is fairly straightforward. Internet service providers and businesses around the world chose not to address this …
Trevor Pott, 13 Aug 2014

NetApp to build MARS waystation from flash dev's kit

El Reg hears that NetApp has a CacheIQ SSD product coming out in February next year, which will act as an ONTAP accelerator, like the Avere products. This info comes to us indirectly from a person directly associated with NetApp's plans. Such a product could be a stopgap before the MARS flash array - background here - or a …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012
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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
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OK company, they've cleared. Storage firms: Reload and fire at will

This week has been a barrage of storage news: everything from biz results boasts, big firms swallowing upstarts and new deals to product releases and annexation of new territories by a newbie... Now that the dust has settled, let's have a look around and re-assess the landscape. Quantum announced a new DXi4701 deduplicating …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014
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Cloud storage rains on '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade

Brocade results show its business flatlining with steady-ish revenues and profits, and growth dependent on a recovering market but no technology rabbits to pull out of its hat and drive growth higher. Fourth quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a chunky $559m, 3 per cent down on the same quarter last year, with profits of $64m, 19 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
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Violin's data-slurp flash SAN frontend to cram box at furious speeds

Violin Memory is now accelerating disk-drive array-based SANs by using a flash front-end caching box, which also sucks data off the SAN and stuffs it in Violin's own 6000-series flash arrays. The Force 2510 is called a “memory appliance” in Violin's cant and is the company's implementation of the GridIron Turbocharger appliance …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2013
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Scality proudly unveils its RING to the world

Is it possible? Could a digital media company have a single storage system for rich media libraries that covers linear archiving, non-linear play-out and scales indefinitely? Storage biz Scality says, using its object storage-based RING for Digital Media, it is. Digital media storage can be a heterogeneous nightmare. Take …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2013

Morning stampede of workers lulled by 'new' virty shiny box

GreenBytes has turned its Solidarity flash array into what it's called an IO Offload Engine: a bit of gear purpose-built for weathering storms on storage networks caused by thousands of virtual desktops booting up and such like. Sitting in front of a storage array, taking care of the heavy IO lifting, it is sold to service …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012
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Cache IQ adds another NAS accelerator

Start-up Cache IQ is adding its caching product to the existing roster of plug-in filer accelerators. Asserting that it's the industry's "first smart NAS acceleration device", which will amuse Avere and Alacritech, Cache IQ's RapidCache appliance sits in the Ethernet data path between NAS NFS-using arrays and accessing servers. …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2011
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Nimble, Cisco gang up to hammer out VDI ref template

Hybrid flash/disk array startup Nimble Storage has effectively joined Cisco's server partner channel with a VDI reference architecture promising low-cost VDI serving off its arrays. The architecture supports 1,000 VDI users, takes up a trivial 3U of rack space, and costs $43,000 – $43 per desktop. That contrasts with a Tintri …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2012
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GridIron fires up its turbocharged bandwagon

GridIron says its way of turbo-charging SAN access means more database instances can be virtualised and run faster - like, say, 16 virtualised Oracle RAC nodes in a physical server juggling one million queries a second. The big idea is to accelerate big data access by using a TurboCharger data acceleration appliance sitting in- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Backers: What's this, another cloud storage upstart? Here, have $20m

Another day, another cloud storage startup. This one's Axcient, which is in the cloud backup game and has just scored itself $20m in Series D funding. That seems surprising. It's already Axcient's fourth funding round and it's a lot of greenbacks. What's taking the company so long and why does it need so much money to get off …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2013
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Box o' Flashy virtual machines offered

Startup Astute Networks stores VMware virtual machines on its dedicated ViSX G3 flash SAN – leaving bulk data to be stored on standard drive arrays. Astute claims that "virtualised storage is too slow to support SAP, Oracle, and SQL databases; virtual machine performance is inadequate to meet Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2011
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Violin uses Gear6 tech to make super-fast arrays

Violin Memory is using acquired Gear6 NFS caching technology to turn its flash arrays into super-fast access NAS heads. Violin makes flash arrays, such as the 3200 product, which hold 500GB to 10TB of data in solid state flash memory. A rack full of these 3U boxes scales can hold more than 140TB and does two million IOPS. This …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2010

Arrays assaulted by acceleration appliances

Pesky acceleration appliances are proliferating and saying they can get better I/O out of storage arrays than the arrays themselves. We can imagine the array vendors sighing and saying: "Here we go again. When will these cachers ever learn?" The pitch is that store arrays are being overwhelmed by virtualised servers and there is …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2011
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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic. We're not bothering with private clouds here; they're enterprise IT re-branded, re-tooled and re-priced but they are still private enterprise IT resources. No, it's the public cloud, accessed …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
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All hard drive arrays will mutate into flashy faster hybrids

All hard drive storage arrays will become flash hybrids, with non-volatile memory fitted internally or bolted on externally. These mutants will fight all-flash arrays with better data management and server flash cache integration. The aim of the game is to get more revs out of the engines: applications should run faster, more …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2012
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Alacritech wakes up from coma with speedy network file access

Boucher is back. Alacritech, a TCP/IP acceleration technology licence fee stream company, has returned to building products with an appliance-accelerating access to network-attached storage (NAS) filers and 'aving a go at Avere. Alacritech was started up in 1997 by Larry Boucher, who is still its CEO. Boucher also founded …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2011
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Filer maker BlueArc refiles for IPO

Filer maker BlueArc has refiled for an IPO and wants to raise a hundred million bucks. It first filed for an IPO in 2007, looking for just over $100m, but the recession struck and market conditions stopped it. BlueArc was founded in 1998, and is on the cusp of becoming somewhat long in the tooth for a start-up. It sells …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2011
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Converged stacks will retard storage innovation

It's open season in storage right now, but the door is starting to close. If you have something that works with filer or block access protocols then develop away. Servers can use it. The product can work with storage area networks (SANs) or filers and you are free to sell it to customers with servers that use SANS or filers. So …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2011
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TwinStrata wrestles Nasuni in the cloud-gateway Jell-O pool

Cloud storage gateway start-up TwinStrata is back with an updated version of its CloudArray product - 4.0. And while it claims the new kit is the first cloud-integrated storage product to natively support both network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) protocols, we think Nasuni might beg to differ... …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2012

EMC embraces benchmarks

EMC has started getting enthusiastic about benchmarks, the latest being SPECsfs2008-nfs v3. It submitted a Celerra VG8 Gateway system - that's a NAS head sitting atop either Symmetrix VMAX or CLARiiON Fibre Channel storage. This VG8 is a bit of a monster with up to eight data movers, called X-Blades, which contain 6-core Xeon …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2010