An enterprise storage startup has claimed to be able to cut the latency of network-attached storage so that its arrays will offer comparable performance to locally attached flash storage, delivering a boost to enterprise applications such as analytics and high-performance computing.
Israel-based E8 Storage has just raised a further $12m in funding from investors to help launch its next-generation flash storage, described by the firm as having a rack-scale architecture for the enterprise and software-defined cloud.
Few details have been disclosed regarding E8 Storage's platform, but it is based around the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) standard for attaching flash memory directly to the PCI Express bus. The storage appliance itself connects to host servers via 40Gbps Ethernet links or faster.
The firm claimed that its storage appliance has proved capable of up to 10 million input/output operations per second in tests, and has latency on a par with local NVMe flash storage at 100 microseconds or less.
However, unlike locally attached storage, it offers the benefits of centralised storage, such as availability and stringent reliability along the lines of traditional enterprise storage systems.
E8 Storage's architecture is still under development, but the company said that it is capable of providing 10 times the performance of all other all-flash arrays. Random access latency is so fast that it is said to be able to offer consistent performance without any need for caching, and the architecture will be able to scale out to hundreds of concurrently connected servers.
"Today's investment brings us closer to launching our software-centric solution, which is currently in beta testing, as the only scale-out solution in the industry," said E8 Storage co-founder and chief executive Zivan Ori.
"It provides a rich feature set of data services such as high availability, RAID and thin provisioning, and can be easily scaled and upgraded as hardware components improve."
The fast-growing interest in E8 Storage and its all-flash architecture proves that the market for shared NVMe solutions is maturing, Ori added.
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