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WekaIO Limitless Data Platform Announced

by Adam Armstrong
WekaIO Limitless Data Platform

Today WekaIO announced what it refers to as a simple, fast, and scalable platform for running modern enterprise workloads, the WekaIO Limitless Data Platform. This new platform is about accelerating business outcomes and improving productivity in the hybrid cloud. The company states that its new platform is ideal for workloads such as artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), life sciences research, and high-performance data analytics (HPDA).

Today WekaIO announced what it refers to as a simple, fast, and scalable platform for running modern enterprise workloads, the WekaIO Limitless Data Platform. This new platform is about accelerating business outcomes and improving productivity in the hybrid cloud. The company states that its new platform is ideal for workloads such as artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), life sciences research, and high-performance data analytics (HPDA).

WekaIO Limitless Data Platform

As data, and unstructured data, continues their massive growth, organizations are struggling with ways of harnessing all the benefits this data can provide. Correctly harnessing data can lead to innovation, new market opportunities, new revenue streams, and the ability to bring products to market quicker. Organizations running data-intensive workloads at a massive scale run into new and different challenges. Though we have yet to get our hands on them, WekaIO has been raising eyebrows with high-performance claims over the last few years.

In its latest iteration of a high-performance solution, the company is releasing the WekaIO Limitless Data Platform. Weka is making the claim of storage with no equal for the hybrid cloud. The platform is delivered through the Weka Innovation Network, built off of the Weka File System (WekaFS), and advances in computing technologies like GPU acceleration. The platform adds several new enterprise features in the hybrid cloud.

Key enhancements of the WekaIO Limitless Data Platform include:

  • Enterprise-Ready Features
    • Consolidate All Workloads: With multi-protocol support across NFS, SMB, POSIX, Object/S3, NVIDIA GPUDirect Storage (GDS), and CSI customers can consolidate their data silos to get the most value out of their data.
    • Built-In Data Protection: The Snap2Object feature now supports storing of snapshots on-premises or in the cloud or both for even more protection thereby eliminating the need for additional backup or Disaster Recovery (DR) software costs.
    • Resilience by Design: Weka delivers resiliency at scale, with the data and metadata distributed across storage nodes, customers benefit from increased data protection without compromising scalability, capacity, or performance.
    • Enterprise-Grade Security: Weka offers the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end encryption across data-at-rest and in-flight using XTS-AES 512 bit keys.
  • Simplicity and Choice
    • Any Hardware: Weka can be deployed on industry-standard AMD or Intel x86-based servers supporting PCIe v4 doubling transmission speeds, and it enables customers to take advantage of technology improvements without forklift upgrades or vendor lock-in.
    • Deploy Anywhere: Customers have several deployment options with Weka to satisfy their specific requirements ─ on dedicated storage nodes, inside the GPU node, or in the cloud.
    • Extensibility to Cloud: Companies can seamlessly orchestrate their data across the hybrid cloud whether using the Cloud for DR or bursting for additional capacity or compute. The Weka data platform is integrated with Kubernetes, Rancher Labs, and Ansible making container orchestration and deployment across the hybrid cloud dramatically easier.
    • Automated Data Optimization: Intelligent data tiering delivers the best economics by using the optimal mix of NVMe solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) for hot and cold data tiers.
    • Get to Production Faster: Certified and validated reference architectures (RAs) with industry leaders, including NVIDIA, HPE and Supermicro provide confidence in interoperability and compatibility and further speed up time to results.
  • Scale Without Compromise
    • Your Cloud. Your Way: Weka’s Cloud-Native architecture enables customers to dynamically scale up or scale down resources in the Cloud-based on workload requirements. For even more scalability, users can now scale across availability zones (AZs) without any performance degradation.
    • Performance Across All Your Workloads: Customers no longer need to buy different architectures to support different workload requirements, manage all user data on a single platform, making storage silos a problem of the past. Weka’s Limitless Data Platform offers industry-leading performance, at any scale, for mixed workloads [small file and large file] while unifying and optimizing workloads across Flash and disk. Further, there is no need for up-front sizing, as the system expands capacity or performance during online operation.
    • Built-In Cloud Tiering: Weka’s policy-based automated tiering feature transparently moves data to the public Cloud while simplifying management by presenting data through an elastic, unified namespace.

Availability

The WekaIO Limitless Data Platform is available now through the Weka Innovation Network and through their server partners that include Hitachi Vantara, HPE, AWS Marketplace, Supermicro, Dell, Penguin Computing, and Lenovo.

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