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PodCast #96: VAST Data is Flipping Storage on its Head

by Harold Fritts

Brian sat down with VAST Data’s CMO and Co-founder Jeff Denworth for a deep dive into VAST’s technology and to learn more about why this is such a game-changer for the industry and their customers. VAST is one of the brightest players in the market and gets high marks from its customer base. In fact, VAST customers have exhibited the highest recommender rating, with 100% of the organizations submitting reviews saying they would recommend Universal Storage. In addition, VAST has recorded the third year of solid growth with its AI data platform.

Brian sat down with VAST Data’s CMO and Co-founder Jeff Denworth for a deep dive into VAST’s technology and to learn more about why this is such a game-changer for the industry and their customers. VAST is one of the brightest players in the market and gets high marks from its customer base. In fact, VAST customers have exhibited the highest recommender rating, with 100% of the organizations submitting reviews saying they would recommend Universal Storage. In addition, VAST has recorded the third year of solid growth with its AI data platform.

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Jeff is very forthcoming with details on VAST’s technology and shares his views on where the industry is headed. Although this is a lengthy discussion, this podcast is well worth the time.

Time-stamped in case you want to jump to a specific topic.

0:00  Brian asks Jeff to give VAST’s core mission

  • Simplifying data management and systems
  • How to make it easier
  • Flash TCO
  • Systems that scale
  • Nex-gen systems management
  • Google File System White Paper

4:00  Architecture

  • NVMe-oF
  • Shared everything
  • ‘DASE’
      • DisAggregated Shared Everything
  • Systems that scale
  • Global Codes

7:00  How it works

  • QLC requirements
  • Erase Blocks impact
  • Getting longevity out of flash storage

10:00  Why haven’t others come up with a solution?

  • Addressing the cost of operation
  • The cache is the problem
  • How to get rid of cache
  • VAST’s field deployment and warranty

15:00  Data Protection

  • Typical overhead
  • Global flash wear leveling
  • Data protection code
  • Erasure code is the differentiator
  • Global compression impact

20:00  Deduplication and pattern matching efficiency

23:00  What is a VAST System?

  • Types if clusters
  • Hardware that can be controlled by S/W
  • Enclosures determine density
  • The current 2U system supports up to 1.3 PB
    • Similar to a JBOF
  • No single point of failure

32:00  Workloads and compression

40:00  What’s next?

  • AI discussion
  • Future direction of the industry

45:00  How VAST uses DPU

  • Hardware design
  • How VAST is push the market
  • Deeper density discussion

50:00  Server vs Storage

  • Node failure
  • Cluster Architecture

55:00  What do customers worry about?

  • Storage savvy customers
  • The Art of Possible
  • Hardware enclosures by AIC and Mercury with others on the horizon

1:00:00  Partners

  • Resiliency
  • Value-added

1:05:00  Processors

  • Performance and scale
  • Power metrics
  • Energy efficiency

1:10:00  Continuing the discussion on power consumption

  • Part of NVIDIA SuperPod Program
  • NVMe-oF

1:15:00  I/O traffic increases when adding flash to cluster

  • How VAST delivers POC in customer environments

1:20:00  Deployment scenarios

WRAP UP

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