Hollywood Post-production & Pavilion Data

Full uncompressed editing with multiple collaborators requires massive storage bandwidth and low-latency.  Traditionally, this is achieved by purchasing a large number of storage arrays and disks (HDDs or SSDs).  The result is excess capacity stranded for a single media asset.  This can be as much as four times the amount of actual storage required.  Pavilion Data can deliver 120GB/sec of throughput, enabling up to 10 seats with 6 streams of 60fps uncompressed 4K against an exact size of a media asset.   Most vendors are now promoting “All-NVMe” as the answer for uncompressed 4K and 8K editing and delivery.  But…

Don’t Blink

According to scientists at MIT, the blink of an eye can be less than 100 microseconds. With the latest release of Pavilion Data’s NVMe-oF Storage Platform, you could blink twice in the time it takes for a 128K block of data to write from a host, across an NVMe-over-Fabrics network, through our array and to a RAID-6 volume of OPENCHOICENVMe SSDs.   This extreme low-latency, combined with write bandwidth of 90GB/sec. redefines composable disaggregated storage and brings into question why anyone would use Direct-Attached Storage for modern scale-out applications, ever again.   Of course, an NVMe SSD inside a server specs…

Dell Technologies World 2019

Dell Technologies World 2019 will be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas from April 29 to May 2.  With just a week away, Pavilion Data is ramping up for a great event.   I have the honor of speaking on April 30th at 1:40PM in the World Chat Theatre B.  The topic is Scaling Pivotal Cloud Foundry and the Greenplum Database.  Our experience with these platforms is rich, and the insights to be shared will be pivotal (pun intended).   As a bronze sponsor, we have a fantastic booth highlighting the industry’s most capable NVMe-oF shared storage platform in…

Patently Pavilion

I’m proud to work for a company that values intellectual property.  Writing patent claims is no easy task.  It takes creativity and technical diligence to define the future, cite prior art, and put up with the legal eagles.  In some environments where I have worked, creating patents was frowned upon as it takes time away from getting to market faster.     My belief is that patents are a mark of great engineers working together and doing the really hard work to prove their invention is worthy of merit in the context of history and in the definition of the…

Demystifying Disaggregation

We are witnessing the 2nd wave of NVMe adoption where SSDs move from a captive resource inside a server to a pool of shared media delivered across a network. Sound familiar?   I watched this story play out in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the advent of Storage Area Networks (SANs). This shift in storage architecture came about because HDDs were stranded inside servers, creating islands of storage that had poor utilization, limited scalability, and painful management challenges.   The SAN changed everything. New billion-dollar companies emerged, and petabytes replaced terabytes as the lexicon of choice. Even new…