Excelero Honored with Flash Memory Summit 2019 Best of Show Award for Third Year in a Row
2019 Most Innovative Technology Award honors the NVMesh2 SmartNIC-enabled client-free shared NVMe that avoids taxing CPUs, makes storage software OS-agnostic
SANTA CLARA, CA – August 8, 2019 – Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, today announced that its NVMesh2 software-defined block storage and its SmartNIC-enabled client-free shared NVMe capability was honored with a Flash Memory Summit 2019 Best of Show Award for the Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology of the year. The award represents the third year in a row that Excelero has received a FMS Best in Show award.
The Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology category awards innovations that will change the way flash memory works and is used in products. Recipients enjoy significant differentiation of their intellectual property and patents – differentiation that is bringing innovation to the marketplace.
Excelero’s NVMesh2 SmartNIC-enabled client-free shared NVMe capability is made possible by a US patent awarded to Excelero in March 2019 for a technique of multiple remote storage devices communicating with a SmartNIC. The approach is an industry first for both a SmartNIC offloading an entire storage application, and a client-free shared NVMe implementation. The SmartNIC offload avoids taxing CPU resources when building scale-out NVMe architectures, so storage software doesn’t diminish CPU efficiency and resources remain available for the intensive I/O needed in AI, ML, analytics applications.
In addition, Excelero’s SmartNIC offload capability allows storage software to be OS-agnostic, freeing IT teams from installing client-side drivers and running automatically on any OS supporting NVMe, including Windows, proprietary and non-standard Linux distributions, MacOS, VMware, other enterprise platforms. This allows a broader range of operating systems and hypervisors to access NVMe as if it were local storage. To activate the client-free implementation feature and other SmartNIC offloading, clients also need to run virtualization software specific to a SmartNIC vendor’s offering – such as the Mellanox NVMe SNAP (emulation) storage virtualization software, debuted in March 2019. One other SmartNIC vendor is readying a debut of similar software-driven virtualization capability in fall 2019.
“Customers are looking for more efficient ways to deploy NVMe Flash across an enterprise and a way to address intensive I/O applications,” said Jay Kramer, Chairman of the Awards Program and President of Network Storage Advisors Inc. “We are proud to recognize Excelero’s SmartNIC delivering the superior performance and low latency of a composable NVMe infrastructure, while providing for essential storage services.”
“We’re tremendously honored to win our third FMS Best in Show award – this time, for fundamental technology that we believe is a game-changer for the entire storage industry,” said Lior Gal, CEO and co-founder of Excelero. “As SmartNICs deployments accelerate, our pioneering SmartNIC offload approach also can be applied to help accelerate not just our own NVMesh2 software as it does now, but also an NVMeoF solution from any vendor.”
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Flash Memory Summit, produced by Conference ConCepts, showcases the mainstream applications, key technologies and leading vendors that are driving the multi-billion dollar non-volatile memory and SSD markets. Now in its 13th year, FMS is the world’s largest event featuring the trends, innovations and influencers driving the adoption of flash memory in demanding enterprise storage applications, as well as in smartphones, tablets, and mobile and embedded systems. @FlashMem, #FlashMemorySummit2019 #FlashMemorySummitBestofShowAwardWinner.
Excelero delivers low-latency distributed block storage for hyperscale applications such as AI, machine learning and GPU computing, in the Cloud and on the Edge. Founded in 2014 by a team of storage veterans and inspired by the Tech Giants’ shared-nothing architectures for web-scale applications, the company has designed a software-defined block storage solution that meets the low-latency performance and scalability requirements of the largest web-scale and enterprise applications.
Excelero’s distributed NVMe technology enables customers to benefit from the performance of local flash with the convenience of centralized storage while avoiding proprietary hardware lock-in and reducing the overall storage TCO. Excelero’s storage software is deployed by major web-scale customers, for data analytics and machine learning applications and in Media & Entertainment post-production and HPC environments.
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