October 30th, 2018 by Adam Armstrong
Excelero Announces NVMesh 2
Toady Excelero announced the latest edition of its software-only storage solution, NVMesh 2. Excelero states that NVMesh is the lowest latency block storage platform with the new version to only improve upon this. According to the company, NVMesh 2 will make it easier for enterprises and service providers to deploy shared NVMe storage at local performance across a far wider range of network protocols and applications.
As we previously stated, NVMesh is a 100% software-only solution that lets users benefit from the performance of local storage with the convenience of centralized storage. NVMesh can scale NVMe performance linearly at almost 100% efficiency. It does this by shifting data services from centralized CPU to complete client-side distribution. NVMesh is highly flexible and can be deployed as physically converged or disaggregated. Ideal use cases include: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data analytics, and Artificial Intelligence as well as web-scale enterprise loads.
As more and more enterprises are adopting NVMe technology more teams will need ways to share NVMe resources. This is where Excelero comes in with NVMesh 2 that the company calls a complete web-scale software solution with the distributed data protection and storage provisioning that make shared NVMe storage practical, efficient and readily managed.
New capabilities include
- MeshConnect - adding support for traditional network protocols TCP/IP and Fibre Channel, giving NVMesh the widest selection of supported protocols of software-defined storage platforms along with already supported Infiniband, RoCE v2 and RDMA.
- MeshProtect - offering flexible protection levels for differing application needs, including mirrored and parity-based redundancy.
- MeshInspect with performance analytics for pinpointing anomalies quickly and at scale.
Excelero goes on to state that the new version of NVMesh allows IT leaders to do the following:
- Fix underutilized resources – since NVMesh 2 delivers up to 90+% storage efficiency that helps further drive down the cost per GB. Enterprises and service providers achieve the same consistent performance from small to large systems.
- Ubiquitous NVMe access, without changing your workflow. NVMesh was designed from the ground up to support any fabric. With its support for NVMe over TCP/IP and FibreChannel, there’s no need to invest in supporting a specialized networking protocol. Teams can achieve heightened storage capacity, flexibility and scale-out support with the TCP/IP, FibreChannel or preferred fabrics protocols they already have in use.
- More hardware independence – run anything from anywhere, and leverage state of the art components including NVMe, storage-class memory, smart NICs, CPU-less just a bunch of Flash (JBOF) deployments, in standard hardware. distributed, scalable storage that makes all the difference for scale-out applications
- Customer choice in data protection –Starting from level 0 (no protection, highest performance, lowest latency read/write) to MeshProtect 8+2 incorporating dual-parity distributed RAID for protection against dual host and drive failures. Distributing data redundancy services eliminates the storage controller bottleneck. This decentralized approach means performance actually increases with the addition of each client, target and NVMe device, something that only a distributed, client-side data redundancy technology can deliver.
- More diagnostics, with single-package installation – with built-in statistical collection and display, stored in a scalable NoSQL database. NVMesh 2 enables users to analyze cluster-wide and per-object performance and utilization, and build a customized dashboard from a selection of data visualization widgets.
Excelero NVMesh 2 is expected to be generally available in January 2019.