Purity//FA 5.2 Performance Density

The multitude of enterprise storage performance dimensions makes it difficult to make an apple-to-apple comparison between AFAs. Performance density is a “little metric” that we like to consider when characterizing All-Flash Arrays (AFAs).  Quite simply, it is the amount of bandwidth, IOPs, or latency compared with the amount of storage capacity in a given form factor.  For Pavilion’s Hyperparallel Flash Array, you would see 120/90 Read/Write GB/sec.  40M IOPS at 40 microseconds of latency with 1.1PB of capacity in 4RU.   Pure Storage recently released Purity//FA 5.2, with improved compression and end-to-end NVMe-oF.  However, some key performance details are missing.…

Optimizing 4K & 8K Workflows Pavilion Data and Quantum StorNext

The goal of a production organization is to create, collaborate, and format digital assets for rapid monetization. Traditionally, this is achieved by utilizing a large number of hard disk drives and solid disk drives. While this speeds operation, this results in over allocating-storage (as much as 4X) and increases the production costs.   NVMe SSDs provides M&E workflows the high-performance and low latency they require. But achieving these benefits requires that the NVMe drive and the production software reside in the same server node. That is, until Pavilion Data. Pavilion’s NVMe over fabric (NVMe-oF) storage array provides remote M&E applications…

Micron® 9300 NVMe™ SSD

Pavilion Data Systems has a mantra, a basic set of directives: Disrupt the data storage Enable true OPENCHOICE of NVMe SSDs Deliver the industry’s first Hyperparallel Flash Array.   With several members of our team having deep experience defining and launching performance storage devices (including the first PCIe SSDs, the first NVMe SSDs and multiple follow-on generations of NVMe) of we have strong opinions about the new drives that we qualify for OPENCHOICE. Typically, we keep these opinions to ourselves.   Occasionally, a drive comes along that creates more water-cooler buzz than others.  At the moment, that drive is the…

Persistent, Portable and Performant Containers and K8s

According to Gartner Group, by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production.[1]  To maximize the potential for containerized applications, under any orchestration tool (Kubernetes, Docker Engine, etc.) the underlying storage systems must address three fundamental requirements:   Persistence Portability Performance   Persistence Containers were traditionally designed as ephemeral resources for development and test.  As container benefits like the separation of infrastructure from application becomes obvious, there is a natural desire to move from experiment to production.  This requires a definition of a specific container as persistent.  Using functions inherent to the Pavilion system,…

Maximizing NVMe Performance and Operational Efficiency

In their latest installment on NVMe storage systems, 451 Research spells out a clear vision for NVMe storage where NVMe-Over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF) is the clear winner for Web-Scale, Media and Entertainment, Governments and Financial Services firms with a need for speed.  Research Analyst, Tim Stammers identifies four pillars of NVMe deployment that merit further investigation:   Modifying existing storage systems to use NVMe does not maximize performance Offloading processing onto host servers drives up costs by preventing disaggregation Relying on applications for data services also drives up complexity and management overheads Architecting storage to maximize NVMe performance while retaining services maintains…