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news January 3, 2018 - Microsoft has agreed to acquire Avere Systems

Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies – for the first time – the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit

see also:- Avere Systems - mentions on, Avere's NAS blog

after AFAs what's next - how about cloud adapted memory?

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Who's who in SSD? - Avere Systems

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - - March 2012

Depending which way you look at it...

Avere Systems operates in the SSD ASAP segment (competitors being GreenBytes, Compellent, Dataram, Nimble Storage, Panasas, Storspeed, Tegile Systems and countless others).

Or another way of looking at it is that Avere is in the NAS SSD market - competing with companies like Nimbus Data Systems, Pure Storage, Astute Networks, Coraid and WhipTail Technologies.

Avere has never appeared (yet) in's tracker - the Top SSD Companies.
Avere mentions in SSD market history

In September 2009 - Avere Systems announced it has secured $15 million in Series A funding from Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. Avere founders were members of the team that created Spinnaker Networks, an innovator in scalable grid storage solutions, acquired by NetApp in 2004 for $300 million.

In October 2009 - Avere Systems unveiled its FXT Series of clusterable 2U rackmount hybrid NAS appliances (SSD ASAPs). Each module contains upto 8x 3.5" SAS hard drives, 64GB DRAM and 1GB of nv RAM. The embedded Avere OS provides storage acceleration by dynamically tiering between the internal rotating and solid state storage. List pricing starts at $52,500.

In December 2009 - Avere Systems' CEO, Ron Bianchini contributed his expert opinions to a new article penned by the editor of - the Problem with Write IOPS - in flash SSDs.

In January 2010 - Avere Systems announced it is shipping new SLC flash SSD options in its FXT Series 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.

In April 2010 - SSD companies Avere Systems and Pliant Technology were 2 of 5 companies named in an 8 page report published by Gartner - Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2010 ($495).

In July 2014 - Avere Systems - secured $20 million in series D funding in a round led by Western Digital Capital.

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"The reality for 99% of enterprises is they will operate increasingly in a hybrid IT storage environment for many years to come. This means that no single storage technology will win, and both on-premises and cloud storage will be required to achieve cost and performance goals"

Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems - funding press release - news archive - July 2014
Avere ranked #1 in Google's cloud partner list
Editor:- March 16 , 2016 - How well does Avere Systems (and its virtual edge filer) work as a gateway to Google's cloud services?

Apparently very well - as Avere today announced it had been named "Google Cloud Platform Technology Partner of the Year" for 2015.
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Averes bridges NASA to the cloud
Editor:- January 19, 2016 - NASA has selected Avere Systems to help consolidate legacy storage and migrate research datasets created at the Ames Research Center over to the Amazon's AWS - it was announced today. Avere says that cloud related latencies will be mitigated by its FlashCloud (SSD ASAP) architecture.

See also:- NASA AMEs - mentions in the storage news archive
"If there are hundreds or thousands of application servers, at what point does it stop making sense adding flash to each server?"
Bernhard Behn, Avere Systems in his blog - What's Better than Server Flash? - June 7, 2012.
Avere gets another $20 million funding
Editor:- July 10, 2014 - Avere Systems today announced raised an additional $20 million in venture financing, bringing the total amount invested in the company to $72 million. The Series D funding round was led by Western Digital Capital, with participation from previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital. The funding will be used to accelerate sales, marketing and continued development of the company's hybrid cloud storage solutions.

"The reality for 99% of enterprises is they will operate increasingly in a hybrid IT storage environment for many years to come. This means that no single storage technology will win, and both on-premises and cloud storage will be required to achieve cost and performance goals" said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems.

Editor's comments:- I agree with Ron about that 99% figure.

In my 2012 article - an introduction to enterprise SSD silos - when I was writing about a future in which SSDs are everywhere - I said - "No single SSD type can match all the needs of all user enterprises economically. And there will always be a need to have intermediate management between SSD systems which have dissimilar speed / cost characteristics." - "SSD systems" in this context - includes the cloud.

But I'd like to take Ron's statement - about what constitutes a "hybrid" - a bit further...

I would add the words "software architectures" somewhere in that strong assertion about hybrids. (Although I can see why that would be too messy to include in a press release.)

I think that enterprises today - whether they consciously realize it or not - are in reality choosing between at least 4 different generations of SSD-aware software architectures within and around their enterprise SSD hardware mix - every time they buy a new storage product or server - in addition to the straightforward and highly visible determinations they make about the 3 fundamentally different types of hybrid caching and tiering SSD appliances (different from a network architecture point of view) which we've seen operating in classic legacy storage software frameworks since 2009.

Those "software hybrids" - which represent different generations of thinking and different pragmatic business approaches - are at the root of the software based multipliers in rackmount SSD market segments (which are making everyone's life more complicated).

In the long term - the impact of multi-generationally-rooted and SSD-centric software hybridization in the enterprise will be as significant as the differences between a 2.5" SSD and a 2.5" hard drive. is published by ACSL