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VAST Data Universal Storage 3.0 Released

by Michael Rink
VAST Data Universal Storage 3.0

Today, VAST Data released Universal Storage 3.0. Universal Storage is VAST’s name for their disaggregated, shared everything, (DASE) all-flash server storage architecture. VAST Data (yes, all the letters in VAST are capitalized) released Universal Storage 1.0 as their first product just last year. Vast Data has gone through four rounds of funding since its founding in 2016, two series A, one series B, and one series C.

Today, VAST Data released Universal Storage 3.0. Universal Storage is VAST’s name for their disaggregated, shared everything, (DASE) all-flash server storage architecture. VAST Data (yes, all the letters in VAST are capitalized) released Universal Storage 1.0 as their first product just last year. Vast Data has gone through four rounds of funding since its founding in 2016, two series A, one series B, and one series C.

VAST Data Universal Storage 3.0

VAST Data Universal Storage 2.0 launched last September, or seven months ago. In turn, it came out eight months after 1.0 launched last February. That suggests the company might be aiming for twice-yearly releases, although it’s too early to tell for sure yet. Pure guesswork at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 4.0 out sometime near the end of this year.

VAST Data Universal Storage 2.0 added several new features, including RDMA acceleration on its NFS servers and asymmetric cluster expansion. They’ve also made a few smaller additions in-between the major version changes.

According to VAST Data, they’ve stepped up their game since the 2.0 launch. VAST Data claims that the latest version, 3.0, of their storage architecture has more than twenty new features. Previous versions of Universal Storage supported NFS, NFSORDMA, S3, and Containers. For the new version, VAST says it has developed its own SMB server stack to support Windows and Mac applications. This should allow customers to benefit from multi-protocol access between NFS and SMB. VAST also says that their SMB stack can failover to backups without causing downtime. Speaking of backups, Universal Storage 3.0 adds support for snapshotting data to another VAST system or a cloud service of the customer’s choosing.

VAST Data uses its own custom data compression algorithms. In Universal Storage 3.0, They claim that they’ve enhanced data reduction for unstructured data using a system they call Similarity-Based Data Reduction. The company has taken advantage of the additional space freed up to improve their security offerings. Universal Storage 3.0 encrypts customer data at rest using AES-256 when stored to 3D XPoint and QLC flash.

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