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Announcing NVMesh 2

Announcing NVMesh 2

Announcing NVMesh 2 Introduction This week we announced the availability of NVMesh 2. This release and its underlying technologies have been in the works in our labs for quite some time, so it’s a very exciting moment for both myself and the development team to ...
NVMe In the Studio: For 8K and Beyond

NVMe In the Studio: For 8K and Beyond

We're pleased to have a guest post from Maz Lopez and Michael Li of Boston Limited The broadcast industry is evolving at a staggering rate, and it is up to technology providers to keep up with the demand for fast, reliable and scalable technology. Last week, the ...
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Excelero and Partners Make a Splash at IBC 2018

Live Any-K Video Demos, New Solutions Showcase NVMe in Media & Entertainment IBC calls itself the world’s most influential media, entertainment and technology show for good reason: with over 57,000 visitors and over 1,700 exhibitors from over 170 countries, there’s a broad range of exciting ...
Surfing

Surfing. Storage. The Lessons of One for the Other

Ah, summer – the time we let our other passions fuel our work. For me summer is about beaches, more family time, a few summer movies, and surfing. So how is that related to storage, and what’s it mean for you? I have been surfing ...
Network vs. Storage Challenges

Network vs. Storage Challenges

I highly recommend reading my previous posts (Excelero for non storage folks, and Excelero for storage folks) before proceeding to this post. In those posts, I described how we designed a storage architecture that avoids the storage controller bottleneck problem by using distributed algorithms. Excelero’s ...
NVMe Is Just an Enabler!

NVMe Is Just an Enabler!

The much respected Dave Raffo wrote a very interesting opinion piece for SearchStorage titled “NVMe technology is but a first step toward bigger things”. Dave’s article starts by praising NVMe technology but then takes an interesting turn as he states: ”NVMe technology is part of ...
Excelero and partners to steal the show at NAB with Any-k video playback demo

Excelero and partners to steal the show at NAB with Any-k video playback demo

Motion pictures viewing experiences improve at rapid pace. Film crews are using more and better cameras. Films feature more visual effects, have more and richer colors. HDR technology has disrupted the industry. This evolution has a massive impact on video post-production infrastructure requirements. 4K video ...
Excelero for storage folks

Excelero for storage folks

My previous post was an attempt to explain to non-techies why the Excelero vision is so ground-breaking. I described how we designed a storage architecture that avoids the storage controller bottleneck problem by using distributed algorithms. It was an interesting exercise albeit one of the most ...
Five reasons to meet with Axel at CloudFest

Five reasons to meet with Axel at CloudFest

Hello, my name is Axel, and I’ll be at CloudFest with our Partners Boston and Mellanox to teach you all about NVMe. Here are five good reasons to hang out with me at CloudFest: 1. I can tell you how to leverage NVMe to make ...
Excelero for non-storage folks

Excelero for non-storage folks

My friends and family often ask me what it is we do at Excelero. Most of them are completely unfamiliar with storage. Therefore, I decided to write a blog post that explains the magic of Excelero in simple terminology. Seasoned storage professionals may find this ...
Happy N(VM)e(w) Year, happy 2018

Happy N(VM)e(w) Year, happy 2018

2017 was a milestone year for Excelero: it was the year we officially launched the company, but there was so much more! Here are the highlights: Partners Partners Partners! Soon after we launch NVMesh in March, our Partners Micron, Mellanox and Supermicro launched the SolidScale ...
The Advantage of Simple Replication with NVMe Disks

The Advantage of Simple Replication with NVMe Disks

Any IT data professional knows what causes them the greatest grief. It’s the loss of customer data. The customer is mad, your management is mad, and it’s “your” fault. The first-level solution to protect against data loss is replication. This doesn’t solve the problem - ...
Excelero Showcases Ultra-Scalable, Cost-Effective Storage for Demanding High-Performance Computing at SC17

Excelero Showcases Ultra-Scalable, Cost-Effective Storage for Demanding High-Performance Computing at SC17

As the Excelero team is packing to fly out to Denver for SuperComputing 2017 (SC17), I thought it would be a good idea to provide an overview of all the exciting stuff we’ll have going on at the event. We chose to leverage our strong ...
Ensuring High-Availability for NVMesh Management

Ensuring High-Availability for NVMesh Management

In the last few technical posts, we concentrated mostly on client and target components, I/O initiators and storage servers. I think the time has come to introduce the management component and describe it in depth. The management component’s roles comprise collecting system inventory, managing volume ...
How to detect and fix data corruption bugs in a decentralized I/O model

How to detect and fix data corruption bugs in a decentralized I/O model

A typical I/O model is one in which clients, a.k.a hosts and initiators, issue I/O and targets (servers with the physical disks) implement the data services. If you read our previous blog posts, you already know that Excelero uses a different approach. The full load ...
European ESG study predicts bright future for storage startups that offer NVMe-based Software-defined Storage

European ESG study predicts bright future for storage startups that offer NVMe-based Software-defined Storage

Earlier this week I was (gently) slapped on the wrist by Mr. Chris Mellor when he pointed out that we were using the term NVMe a bit too loosely: “[…] NVMe is an interface and not a storage medium. […] NVMe could replace the SATA ...
SAN is Dead, Long Live SAN

SAN is Dead, Long Live SAN

What is SAN? In the age of standard servers and software defined “everything”, is there still room for SAN? There is - and appropriately enough it’s called “Server SAN”. I just joined a company called Excelero and I think our take on Server SAN, called ...
NVMesh Topology Management Challenges

NVMesh Topology Management Challenges

Excelero's NVMesh is a distributed, software-based data storage system. What is unique about NVMesh is that the architecture is 100% converged: the data-path runs exclusively on the client side, involving no CPU cycles on the server side. This is particularly interesting for hyperscale applications as ...
Developing High quality Data Services in Kernel

Developing High quality Data Services in Kernel

In the above image you see 3 iterations of full a unitests suite of data services. Each iteration takes about 4-5 seconds to complete. The simulated environment had 64 cpu's on client and 24 targets, each having 1 disk. All the block devices used 4K ...
Excelero joins Open19 Foundation - Lior Gal named Board Advisor

Excelero joins Open19 Foundation – Lior Gal named Board Advisor

This week, the Open19 Foundation was officially launched in San Jose. The Open19 Foundation is an initiative that was started by LinkedIn and focuses on creating a new standard for data center infrastructure. Excelero has been a supporter of the initiative from day one and is now an ...
An introduction to Excelero’s Engineering Headquarters in Tel Aviv

An introduction to Excelero’s Engineering Headquarters in Tel Aviv

My name is Daniel and I am heir to a long dynasty of geeks. I also like to write so I have volunteered to provide engineering-sourced content for the Excelero blog. I will be keeping you up to date with news from Excelero’s engineering HQ ...
We've launched!

We’ve launched!

Wednesday 8 March was one of the biggest milestones in Excelero’s history. It was the day we officially launched our company and version 1.1 of NVMesh, with lots of support from partners and early customers. We would no longer hide "under the radar”, but would now ...
Rethinking Data Center Architectures

Rethinking Data Center Architectures

Yesterday I read a blog post  by one of my Excelero co-workers about why he joined Excelero. I thought it was a great idea to share with others why we believe Excelero is such a great company, while shedding light on how we are helping ...
Why I Joined Excelero

Why I Joined Excelero

Last September, I decided to leave Rubrik, one of the fastest growing software companies, to join Excelero, an early stage storage startup. It was the biggest bet I have ever taken in my career: I traded a successful company with a hot product that solves ...
The Future of Storage

The Future of Storage

Excelero was inspired by how Tech Giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google have redefined IT for web-scale applications, leveraging standard servers and shared-nothing architectures to ensure maximum operational efficiency and flexibility, and to provide the highest reliability. Their approach is referred to as the Software-defined Data Center (SDDC). Based on the same ...
Nobody Likes Noisy Neighbors

Nobody Likes Noisy Neighbors

Converged storage - sometimes called hyperconverged infrastructure - is a concept that leverages standard servers to provide both compute power for applications and storage services from locally attached drives. For these configurations, it is highly desirable to minimize the use of CPU cycles for the ...
Designing Server SAN infrastructures with NVMesh & OCP

Designing Server SAN infrastructures with NVMesh & OCP

Ever since its inception, Excelero has been a big supporter of the Open Compute Project, an initiative that was conceptualized to design the world’s most energy efficient data center. Today, the Open Compute Project Foundation is a rapidly growing, global community whose mission is to ...