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Excelero Launches NVMesh on Azure, Addressing Gaps in Public Cloud Storage 

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 28, 2021 -- Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined storage for IO-intensive workloads such as GPU computing for AI/ML/DL, commercial HPC and data analytics, has added public cloud storage support to its flagship NVMesh elastic NVMe software-defined storage solution. Available first for the Microsoft Azure platform, and later for other major public clouds, NVMesh expands public cloud capabilities by addressing the massive gaps experienced by thousands of organizations that face major performance challenges while attempting to transition their demanding IO-intensive workloads to public clouds at a reasonable cost.

By leveraging Excelero’s field-proven scalable, elastic, low-latency software-defined storage on standard cloud compute elements, beta use has shown that NVMesh on Azure provides up to 25x more IO/s and up to 10x more bandwidth to a single compute element - while reducing latencies by 80% from a truly protected storage layer. Using standard instances for storage on cost-effective NVMe drives, enterprises can get the most value out of their data leveraging their cloud pricing and discounts. For converged environments, with applications running on the same virtual machines that run the storage, total cost of ownership (TCO) is further improved since the storage is embedded into the compute at almost no additional cost.

“Many of our customers require low latency and high throughput storage for their IO-Intensive workloads," said Aman Verma, product manager, HPC at Microsoft Azure. “Excelero's NVMesh on Azure’s InfiniBand-enabled H- and N-series virtual machines provides an exciting new scalable, protected storage option for several high growth segments of the market, including HPC and AI workloads.”

With Excelero NVMesh, data scientists achieve efficient and cost-effective model training through high bandwidth and ultra-low latency and rates of millions of file accesses per second. Database and analytics workloads and high performance computation can be run on CPUs and GPUs without stalling for I/O and at a reasonable cost. The same methods can be employed with the same software stack deployed on-premise and on public clouds.

With data protection becoming essential for IO-intensive applications, Excelero NVMesh on Azure protects data by mirroring across local NVMe drives. The solution allows data to be spread across availability zones for an additional level of protection. Self-healing and advance warning functionality assist in ensuring data longevity. Enterprises have no concerns over data compliance and security as data is stored on nodes within their account.

In container-native settings, Excelero’s Kubernetes CSI driver and industry-leading IBM Red Hat OpenShift integration provide a second simple means of rolling out NVMesh on Azure enabling hybrid cloud deployments, for instance for burst-oriented workloads.

“Gaps in public cloud storage capabilities prevent many demanding applications from running on public clouds, regardless of the obvious cost and scalability advantages, and force enterprises to endure a latency penalty should they go there,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president in the Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC. “These gaps also are preventing public cloud providers from fueling their own growth. Solutions that remove these barriers are emerging, and they are an exciting development to watch.”

Excelero NVMesh on Azure is now publicly available. For more information, visit Excelero at www.excelero.com.

About Excelero

Excelero is a market leader in distributed block storage software. The company delivers Elastic NVMe software that powers AI training, commercial HPC and analytics workloads at any size and performance scale. With its partners, Excelero enables customers to massively improve ROI across their entire infrastructure, using standard servers in the data center and standard instances in the public clouds, maximizing GPU and NVMe utilization, minimizing overheads and reducing software license costs.

Excelero’s NVMesh is distributed block storage that connects CPUs and GPUs to NVMe flash to create a significant improvement in price/performance, from entry level to any scale. NVMesh was designed as a storage layer that eradicates data bottlenecks so teams can access data at any speed in any location in public or private clouds. NVMesh delivers up to 20x faster data processing for multi-server, multi-GPU compute nodes when working with massive datasets for machine learning, deep learning and complex analytical workloads. Visit www.excelero.com.


Source: Excelero

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