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Solarflare Removes the Barriers to Accelerate the Adoption of NVMe Over TCP at Flash Memory Summit


Solarflare, Intel, Supermicro, Smart IOPS and EXTEN Technologies,
demonstrate the benefits of NVMe over TCP storage fabrics without

a pioneer in the development of neural-class networks, today announced
that the company will demonstrate NVMe over TCP storage fabrics
technology with industry collaborators Intel, Supermicro, Smart IOPS and
EXTEN Technologies, at Flash Memory Summit, today through Aug. 9 in
booth #128 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. NVMe over TCP storage
fabrics deliver the same performance, usability and streamlined
deployment benefits associated with more complicated proprietary
networks, but at a lower cost.

In the past, network latency was rarely an issue because disk drives
were typically the source of performance bottlenecks. However, as
storage media has migrated from disk to flash, networks have become the
bottleneck. Applications harnessing hundreds-to-thousands of servers in
the data center are constantly accessing random bits of data distributed
across these servers.

Commodity, high-performance NVMe over TCP storage fabrics solve this
network bottleneck problem with acceleration services running over
streamlined Ethernet networks. By leveraging the native Ethernet TCP
transport ubiquitous in every data center, NVMe over TCP eliminates the
need for proprietary Ethernet extensions, and is equivalent to any other
technology to date.

"Cloud and enterprise data centers are looking forward to
cost-effective, low-latency NVMe storage fabrics to scale-out flash
without performance degradation," said Ahmet Houssein, VP of Marketing
and Strategic Development, Solarflare. "NVMe over TCP technology is an
industry game changer, allowing customers to efficiently overlay a
storage fabric onto their existing network that performs within 10
percent of locally connected high performance flash storage."

Solarflare at Flash Memory Summit

At Flash Memory Summit, Solarflare and Intel will demonstrate Intel's
groundbreaking new memory media line of SSDs - Optane™, the
lowest-latency storage over TCP with Solarflare's innovative approach to
NVMe over TCP. The combination provides customers with access to remote
data faster than ever before. Intel and Solarflare will illustrate how
to achieve disaggregated access end-to-end latency as low as 15
microseconds, utilizing Solarflare's high performance XtremeScale™
Network Adapter and software.

In addition, Solarflare, Supermicro, Smart IOPS and EXTEN Technologies
will demonstrate all-flash software-defined storage servers and NVMe
over TCP fabrics that represent the future of cost-effective,
ultra-high-performance networked storage.

Attend Solarflare Talks at Flash Memory Summit

  • Aug. 8 – 11:30 a.m. - Ahmet Houssein, VP of Marketing &
    Strategic Development, will present the keynote address "Data
    Explosion Demands Ethernet-Based Fast Flash Fabrics"
  • Aug. 8 – 5:45 p.m. - Tom Spencer, Senior Director of Product
    Marketing, will host a theater talk discussing the "Five Reasons Why
    TCP for NVMe-oF is Cool"

Solarflare XtremeScale X2 NICs

For modern data centers, Solarflare XtremeScale™
lay a new foundation for NIC-based network virtualization
needed by distributed applications with inter-connected cloud services,
machine learning, and big data workloads. Solarflare's X2 NIC is the
first and only NIC platform that can establish ultra-scale connectivity
to thousands of virtual networks, while at the same time provide
real-time packet and flow information. This foundation of ultra-high
bandwidth, ultra-low latency, ultra-scale connectivity and packet
telemetry allows X2 NICs to serve as the industry's first commercial
platform for micro-segmented acceleration, security and visibility
providing NIC
fabric services
that scale with each server, VM or container.

The NVMe over TCP specification is expected to be standardized within
the second half of 2018. Every Solarflare XtremeScale adapter and
software will be backward compliant to the specification at no
additional cost.

About Solarflare

Solarflare is pioneering server connectivity for neural-class networks.
From silicon to firmware to software, Solarflare provides a
comprehensive, integrated set of technologies for distributed,
ultra-scale, software-defined datacenters.

The Solarflare XtremeScale™ Architecture is a design framework which
includes a comprehensive suite of features for ultra-scale environments:
High-bandwidth, ultra-low-latency, ultra-scale connectivity, software
defined, secure with hardware firewalls, and instrumented for line-speed

Solarflare solutions have earned a sterling reputation in financial
services and are used by virtually every major global exchange,
commercial bank and hedge fund. This exacting, regulated performance
uniquely qualifies our solutions for use in ultra-scale applications in
IoT, big data and artificial intelligence where low latency, robust
security and insightful telemetrics are critical.

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