December 29, 2017

Vexata: If every microsecond counts

Original Article (Dutch):

29-12-2017| by: Editors

The industrial revolution surrounding flash storage has now entered a phase where performance becomes the distinguishing factor. The difference is mainly in the speed. Startup Vexata has joined forces and is working on solutions that put speed at the center and make applications work much faster.In terms of speed alone, a 3 to 10 times higher performance has been set as an objective. Only commodity components are used for this. Flash memory for block storage is the focus point, speed the target.
Vexata is based in San Jose (CA) and under the leadership of Zahid Hussain has done three years of development before the product was born. The founders Zahid Hussain and Surya Varanasi come from well-known companies such as EMC and VMware, people who know what they are talking about. The Active Data Fabric platform that is being developed should result in a storage environment with access times shorter than 5 microseconds. Zahid Hussain CEO: “The data rates are in the direction of 60 to 80 Gbyte / s, while the storage stack that now uses 1250 microseconds quickly has to go back to less than 5 microseconds.” Solid targets. To achieve this, SSD NVMe is used as supplied by Intel, Samsung, Micron and Toshiba and the VX-OS operating system.

“The most complex part was bringing together a team that was able to realize the development tool and to come to define an architecture for our distributed solution. Now we have arrived in our fourth year and the focus shifts to application areas within the companies we focus on, such as finance, analytics and machine learning “, says CEO Zahid Hussain (photo). TATA is one of the first customers to use the advantages of technology with its payroll system.

Vexata uses industry standard components and tries to bring them to higher performance with new software and interface concepts. With the help of Vexata technology, existing servers, such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, have to move up a gear. The hardware consists of 64 SSDs in a rack, resulting in 500 Tbytes of storage. This capacity can be further increased if compression and de-duplication are added.

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