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…

Man in the Arena Pavilion

A good friend of mine is a venture capitalist.  He likes to jump into emerging market segments when the “water gets frothy.”  A quick Google search of “NVMe-oF” yields 26 million results in just under .7 seconds.  5 years ago, the same search would turn up, at best 2,600.  The NVMe-oF water is indeed getting frothy.   Big Storage has taken notice.  Yesterday brought another announcement.  This one comes from the expert marketeers at Pure Storage who offer a dramatically cooler name for our nerdy RDMA-over-Converged Ethernet (RoCE™).  The newly christened DirectFlash Fabric™ is a fabulous story of disaggregation, hyper-scalability,…

A Rising Tide

In June of 1963, John F. Kennedy sounded the optimistic note that good times would benefit all with the phrase, “a rising tide lifts all ships.”  It was as true in ’63 as it is today.  As new technologies are introduced, the benefits of communities working together creates a sum that is much greater than its individual parts.    I’m excited today that Pavilion Data Systems has joined the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) with a strong commitment to the standardization of composable/disaggregated infrastructures, management frameworks and data security.  Over the coming months our representatives will become integrated into these…

Great Start for a Great Company

It’s always exciting to join a new company with cool tech and a great team. I’m even more psyched that just two weeks into my new role, Pavilion Data Systems was announced as a finalist for 2018 Product of the Year by SearchStorage in the Enterprise Storage Arrays category.   The competition is stiff, with mostly well-known brands who have deep pockets for marketing and advertising, but the folks at SearchStorage looked beyond budgets and dug into the products with a keen eye for innovation. This is clearly the Year of NVMe and 2018 was the precursor to defining innovation,…

It’s 2019 and Thin Is In…Again

I’ve been hearing claims that 2019 is the year of Enterprise NVMe.  Fantastic, it’s about time we are blessed to move what was once esoteric hyperscale technology to the mainstream.  Pavilion Data’s CTO VR Satish is fond of saying, “our goal is to democratize low latency.”  If this is indeed the year of NVMe, we are off to a great start toward democratization.   However, NVMe alone is not the answer, nor is NVMe-Over-Fabrics.  Just a Bunch of Flash or JBOFs along with old-school Direct-Attached Storage (DAS) NVMe SSDs inside servers make up the vast majority of deployments.  What happened…