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Zadara Storage is adding NVMe capabilities to its fully managed hybrid Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) platform in a move to accelerate access to data, drive down costs, and bring the technology within reach of most enterprises.
The Lowdown: Along with delivering NVMe as a service, Zadara also is offering object STaaS for on-premises environments to address the growing range of next-generation applications, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, Big Data analytics, and video-on-demand.
The Details: The NVMe protocol is designed to accelerate the performance of flash and other non-volatile memory, and system makers like Dell EMC and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise for the past few years have been building NVMe capabilities first into their servers and more recently into their storage equipment. However, device costs and interoperability challenges can drive up the cost of NVMe beyond what some organizations can afford. Through its STaaS platform, Zadara is making NVMe a consumption-based operational cost rather than a capital expenditure, which will make it more tenable financially and drive broader adoption.
Other enhancements include a more compact option for remote and branch office locations and edge deployments, as well as remote clone functionality that will make it easier to move data between arrays, into and between clouds, and across geographies. Zadara also is embedding McAfee’s antivirus engine, which will enable on-access virus scans.
The Impact: At a time when the amount of data being generated is exploding and the demand for real-time insights into that data is rising, there’s pressure on system vendors to accelerate the performance of their systems, including their storage portfolios. NVMe is designed to do that by using a host controller interface for all-flash arrays, which still often use older – and slower – protocols. Coming on the heels of NVMe is NVMe-over-Fabric (NVMe-oF), which will stretch the protocol throughout an organization’s storage, networking, and compute environments.
Background: NVMe is a fast-growing market with an increasing range of options for enterprises. At the end of 2018, there were 127 models of NVMe SSDs and 121 servers with NVMe drive bays, according to G2 Research. Overall, more than 100 companies were shipping about 380 NVMe or NVMe-oF products, and every significant storage system vendor was shipping at least one all-flash array with NVMe SSDs or NVMe-oF target interfaces. Analysts expect the NVMe market to hit more than $80 billion by 2022.
The Buzz: “Our customers demand real solutions that not only provide technical performance but also drive measurable business value,” said Nelson Nahum, Zadara’s co-founder and CEO. “By offering the industry’s only complete hybrid cloud storage service, we’re giving IT departments the ability to streamline operations and reduce capital expense, without sacrificing control, availability, or performance. Data is the lifeblood of any organization, and we believe that businesses should be able to focus on using their data – and not worry about storing it.”
“As companies look to implement hybrid cloud storage strategies, they need storage that can be as agile as the rest of their IT operation,” said Oded Kellner, Zadara’s vice president of product management. “By adding new features to our universal storage platform, we’re removing complexities and making it easy for users to quickly benefit from all of the advantages of NVMe capacity – without any hidden costs, support plans, or complicated deals.”