Excelero and ThinkParQ Go to Market with Integrated NVMesh® and BeeGFS

In benchmark testing at early deployments, combined solutions deliver
3X performance vs. direct-attached NVMe, helps teams maximize data
center efficiency

SAN JOSE, Calif. & KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Excelero,
a disruptor in software-defined block storage, and ThinkParQ
announced that their joint go-to-market relationship is bearing fruit
and the firms have successfully integrated Excelero’s NVMesh®
software-defined block storage solution for shared NVMe at local latency
along with ThinkParQ’s leading parallel cluster file system BeeGFS.
Benchmark results from early deployments spotlight the maximum resource
utilization and flexibility that are possible from combining the two
solutions – performance that is perfectly suited for data-intensive
workloads such as high performance computing (HPC), AI, ML, and
analytics.

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In response to customer demand, Excelero and ThinkParQ already have
deployed NVMe storage clusters with BeeGFS and NVMesh to increase
productivity of advanced GPU compute clusters. These organizations
experienced the storage bottleneck issue endemic to AI – that I/O
intensive applications cannot be processed fast enough even on GPU-based
systems. As a result, IT teams often copy datasets in and out locally,
which is an inefficient and time-consuming process.

“With Excelero’s NVMesh, our customers have access to an ultra-low
latency, high performance approach to scale-out storage,” said Frank
Herold, CEO of ThinkParQ. “We’ve been impressed with NVMesh’s ability to
deliver the high IOPS and ultra-low latency of NVMe drives over the
network with highly available volumes – as well as options for
distributed erasure coding and BeeGFS’ unmatched ability to efficiently
handle all kinds of access patterns and file sizes.”

To demonstrate the possibilities of this new scale-out infrastructure,
the companies used the industry standard mdtest and IOR benchmarks. The
test system was a compact 2U 4-server chassis with a total of 24 NVMe
drives, connected via a 100Gbit RDMA network to 8 BeeGFS client compute
nodes. Tests were run on the exact same hardware configuration with
BeeGFS utilizing the direct-attached NVMe vs. BeeGFS utilizing NVMesh
logical volumes. Taking advantage of NVMesh to offload mirroring
operations, BeeGFS file create operations were boosted 3x, while
metadata read operations were boosted 2.5x. For small random file
access, which is often considered to be especially critical for
application efficiency, NVMesh’s low latency technology boosted BeeGFS
4K write IOPS to 1.25 million per second, a 2.5x improvement. By
leveraging NVMesh distributed erasure coding for BeeGFS, customers can
get up to 90% usable capacity while still tolerating drive failures. All
the while, achieving 75GB/s streaming throughput from this entry-level
system.

Through June 30 Excelero is offering enhanced pricing on combined
purchases of NVMesh and BeeGFS. More details are available from both
companies.

“You can’t build tomorrow’s enterprise on yesterday’s infrastructure,”
said Lior Gal, CEO and co-founder of Excelero. “We’re delighted at how
smoothly NVMesh and BeeGFS work together, and the way we enable
organizations to work without compromise to either IT teams or end
users. We look forward to working further with ThinkParQ so that more
organizations worldwide can maximize their NVMe ROI and the efficiency
of their entire operations.”

Excelero and ThinkParQ will showcase the performance and efficiency of
BeeGFS powered by NVMesh at the ISC High Performance Event 2019, June
16-20 in Frankfurt in ThinkParQ’s booth J-640 and Excelero’s booth
E-1039. For more information, visit www.thinkparq.com
or www.excelero.com

About ThinkParQ GmbH

ThinkParQ
strives to create and develop the fastest, most flexible, and most
stable solutions for every performance-oriented environment. Established
in 2014 as a spinoff from the Fraunhofer Center for High-Performance
Computing, ThinkParQ drives the research and development of BeeGFS, and
works closely with system integrators to create turn-key solutions.
Visit http://www.thinkparq.com for
further information.

About Excelero

Excelero delivers low-latency distributed block storage for web-scale
applications such as AI, machine learning and GPU computing. 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 NVMesh enables shared NVMe across any network and supports
any local or distributed file system. Customers 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. NVMesh is deployed by major web-scale customers, for data
analytics and machine learning applications and in Media & Entertainment
post-production and HPC environments.

Follow us on Twitter @Excelerostorage, on LinkedIn
or visit us at www.excelero.com to
learn more.

Contacts

Tom Leyden
Vice President of Corporate Marketing
Cell US +1
818 919 8478
[email protected]

Federica Monsone
EMEA Media Contact (A3 Communications)
+44
(0) 1252 875 203
[email protected]

Mary Kae Marinac
US Media Contact
+ 1 978-685-3136
[email protected]

Troy Patterson
Marketing Manager
ThinkParQ GmbH
+49 (0)
151 4249 1354
[email protected]om

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