Avere provides Demand-Driven Storage solutions that
dynamically organize data in response to business demand. The Avere FXT series
enables faster application performance at dramatically lower cost by
intelligently moving active data between traditional storage devices and FXT
appliances. The FXT series appliances tier data on SSD and HDD media and can be
clustered for maximum scalability. www.averesystems.com
Systems - editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com,
Avere's SSDs in NAS blog
In October 2009 -
Avere Systems unveiled
its FXT Series of
clusterable 2U rackmount
NAS appliances (SSD ASAPs).
module contains upto 8x 3.5"
hard drives, 64GB
DRAM and 1GB of
nv RAM. The embedded
provides storage acceleration by dynamically tiering between the internal
rotating and solid state storage. List pricing starts at $52,500.
Avere is the 3rd company in recent weeks to announce an automatic
solution for the age old problem of
hard disk array applications with solid state storage. There are some
interesting differences in approach and target markets.
Avere's product is aimed
at NAS systems.
It's a complete end user solution which includes the hard disks which are to be
accelerated. Avere says the new product can be configured with upto 1.6TB of
DRAM per cluster.
product is aimed at SAN
systems. It's an end user upgrade solution which fits between the
customer's FC switch and
pre-existing SAN rotating storage arrays. In some cases where users have already
over provisioned hard disks - the
may also, as a side effect, increase the usable storage capacity as well as
speed up the apps.
product is aimed at DAS
SSD Cache Performance Kit is an integrator / oem solution which
simplifies the task of building a hybrid storage pool.
for customers with this new wave of self tuning SSD accelerators are going
- How does the price / performance compare to vanilla
SSDs and human tuning?
failure modes in
large SSD arrays is not something that traditional storage designers know
very much about.
- And how
reliable are the
new products going to be?
In September 2009 -
announced it has
million in Series A funding
from Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. Avere founders were
members of the team that created
an innovator in scalable grid storage solutions,
NetApp in 2004 for
In December 2009 -
Avere Systems' CEO,
Ron Bianchini contributed his expert opinions to a new article penned
by the editor of StorageSearch.com -
the Problem with
Write IOPS - in flash SSDs.
In January 2010 -
it is shipping new
flash SSD options in its
10GbE NAS compatible
SSD ASAPs. The 2U
FXT 2700 appliance features 64GB of DRAM, 1GB of NVRAM, and 512GB of SLC flash
SSD. FXT clusters can scale to 25 appliances and support millions of
operations/sec and tens of GB/sec throughput. Pricing starting at $82,500.
April 2010 - SSD
companies Avere Systems
and Pliant Technology
were 2 of 5 companies named in an 8 page report published by
Cool Vendors in
Storage Technologies, 2010 ($495).
|the Problem with
Write IOPS |
the "play it again Sam" syndrome
|Editor:- Flash SSD "random
write IOPS" are now similar to "read IOPS" in many of the
fastest SSDs. |
why are they such a poor predictor of application performance?
why are users still buying
RAM SSDs which cost
9x more than SLC? - even when the IOPS specs look similar.
||This article tells you
why the specs got faster - but the applications didn't. And why competing SSDs
with apparently identical benchmark results can perform completely
|civil wars in
|First you learned about SLC (good flash).
Then you learned about MLC (naughty flash when it played in
the enterprise - but good enough for the short attention span of consumers).
Then MLC SSDs learned how to be good.
Now some MLC is much nicer than others. - When it's preceded by an "e"
(extra-good). But it costs more.
It's going to get even more
sugaring MLC for