With NVMe Flash’s explosive growth into a $9 billion market by 2020 from just $2 billion in 2017, where an estimated 80% of storage devices will incorporate NVMe storage by 2020 (G2M Research), the rush is on to extract maximum performance and ROI from NVMe SSDs across a network. Doing so will enable enterprises and service providers of all sizes to optimise their infrastructures in the same way as the Tech Giants do, with scale-out storage infrastructures leveraging standard servers and software-defined storage solutions.
Excelero’s new patent, “System And Method For Providing A Client Device Seamless Access To A Plurality Of Remote Storage Devices Presented As A Virtual Device,” governs an I/O operation as it accesses multiple remotely located storage devices, which is pivotal to obtaining the superior performance and low latency offered by today’s SmartNICs while providing essential storage services. Applications and the operating system on the compute nodes, predominantly virtual machines or containers, interact with the SmartNIC as if it was local storage. In practice, the storage is not local, rather stored on some remote device. To provide a storage layer that is more robust, performant and scalable, instead of using a single remote storage device, multiple devices can be combined.
Excelero’s just-approved patent has broad-ranging application for virtualised storage that implements other data services from the client side on a SmartNIC, such as global deduplication or global compression or block virtualization across multiple targets. It enables more organisations to achieve the extreme efficiency of today’s Super 8 web-scalers, as they work to maximise capacity utilisation, performance and cost-efficiency with today’s most in-demand applications including AI, machine learning, analytics and databases.