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Excelero announces public cloud storage support, starting with Azure
Thu, 6th May 2021
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Excelero has added public cloud storage support to its flagship NVMesh elastic NVMe software-defined storage solution, with the Microsoft Azure platform marking the first availability.

First for Azure, and later for other major providers, NVMesh expands public cloud capabilities and in doing so aims to address major performance challenges organisations face while transitioning demanding IO-intensive workloads to public clouds at a reasonable cost.

By leveraging Excelero's scalable, elastic, low-latency software-defined storage on standard cloud compute elements, beta use has shown that NVMesh on Azure provides up to 25 times more IO/s and up to 10 times more bandwidth to a single compute element, while also reducing latencies.

Using standard instances for storage on cost-effective NVMe drives, enterprises can get the most value out of their data leveraging their cloud pricing and discounts, Excelero states.

For converged environments, with applications running on the same virtual machines that run the storage, total cost of ownership (TCO) is further improved since the storage is embedded into the compute.

With Excelero NVMesh, data scientists achieve efficient model training through high bandwidth and ultra-low latency and rates of millions of file accesses per second.

Database and analytics workloads and high performance computation can be run on CPUs and GPUs without stalling for I/O.

The same methods can be employed with the same software stack deployed on-premise and on public clouds, Excelero states.

With data protection becoming essential for IO-intensive applications, Excelero NVMesh on Azure protects data by mirroring across local NVMe drives.

The solution allows data to be spread across availability zones for an additional level of protection. Furthermore, self-healing and advance warning functionality assist in ensuring data longevity.

Enterprises have no concerns over data compliance and security as data is stored on nodes within their account, Excelero states.

In container-native settings, Excelero's Kubernetes CSI driver and industry-leading IBM Red Hat OpenShift integration provide a second simple means of rolling out NVMesh on Azure enabling hybrid cloud deployments, for instance for burst-oriented workloads.

Microsoft Azure HPC product manager Aman Verma says, “Many of our customers require low latency and high throughput storage for their IO-Intensive workloads.

"Excelero's NVMesh on Azure's InfiniBand-enabled H- and N-series virtual machines provides an exciting new scalable, protected storage option for several high growth segments of the market, including HPC and AI workloads.

Excelero CEO Yaniv Romem says, “Too many of our customers are struggling with IO-intensive workloads that they would prefer to move to the public cloud, yet public cloud providers are grappling to deliver the cost-performance their customers need with these storage workloads.

"Excelero's new NVMesh on Azure bridges the gap between what the market offers and what enterprises require, helping them avoid costly over-provisioning of storage so they can embrace hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies assuring performance, agility and cost control.

"Look for continued innovation from us in this space across the coming months.