Avere's SwiftStack S3 hack tack

Just another slow backend booster

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 caching – from DRAM to disk through NVRAM and flash. What Avere does is to use different speed cache media depending on the type of IO; random vs sequential, and read vs write for example.

Its FXT systems have been used to accelerate file access from Isilon arrays for MPC, the lead VFX studio working on The Martian movie.

Avere is mining a fertile seam with its accelerated filer access, having extended it to cloud backend access by adding more protocol support, such as S3 and a cloud-resident virtual FXT product.

It has now announced support for SwiftStack and its on-premises object storage, providing faster and NAS access to SwiftStack objects through its FXT front-end caching box.

Incidentally, ex-NetApp CTO Jay Kidd is joining SwiftStack's advisory board and will work with the team to influence the company's strategy and vision for storage.

Avere supports SwiftStack through its FlashCloud technology, which implements Amazon's S3 API for SwiftStack integration.

FlashCloud connects to public and private clouds, and Avere claims marrying object storage with file-access NAS "provides customers with unlimited capacity scaling in the cloud and unlimited performance scaling with its FXT Series Edge filers."

Avere says that if you want to have NAS speed and access with cheap and deep SwiftStack object storage, then its FXT boxes can work that magic. ®

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