PernixData announced NFS support and adds RAM to FVP

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Satyam Vaghani, CTO of PernixData just announced a whole bunch of new features in their FVP product at Storage Field Day 5.

With the FVP software, companies can accelerate any virtualized application using server RAM and/or flash, making it ideal for deployment in any server environment.  In addition, FVP can be deployed in conjunction with file, block or direct attached storage, ensuring seamless integration with all existing (and future) SAN, NAS and DAS devices.  With these new enhancements, PernixData has firmly established FVP as the premier platform for enterprise-class storage acceleration, making server side software a fundamental part of any virtual infrastructure by cost effectively scaling storage performance independent of capacity.

PernixData FVP software virtualizes flash and RAM across servers to create a clustered pool of high-speed resources that accelerate reads and writes to shared storage. By putting storage intelligence into servers, PernixData FVP decouples storage performance from storage capacity for 10x faster virtualized applications, unlimited IOPS (where and when they are needed), and 90 percent lower storage costs.

Unique new FVP features include:

  • Virtualize any high-speed server resource.  FVP lets you add RAM, flash or a combination of the two into an FVP cluster, creating an enterprise-wide acceleration tier that is completely fault tolerant.  This maximizes flexibility while ensuring storage acceleration meets every budget and every server environment. FVP is deployed inside the hypervisor as a kernel module (certified by VMware), enabling RAM and flash to be utilized transparently.  No changes are required to the application, and FVP avoids the performance and reliability issues seen by alternative acceleration solutions that are deployed as Virtual Machines (VMs).
  • Optimize any storage device.  FVP supports both file (e.g. NFS) and block (e.g. iSCSI, fibre channel, FCoE) protocols, as well as local datastores.  This ensures seamless integration into any SAN/NAS/DAS environment.  FVP does not replace shared storage, it complements it with a new architecture that decouples storage performance from capacity.
  • FVP “metro clustering” for synchronous replication. FVP is the only storage acceleration solution with clustering technology that allows for synchronous replication between hosts for complete fault tolerance.  With the latest FVP version, this capability is taken one step further.  IT administrators can software define which hosts participate in replica groups, enabling synchronous mirroring to take place between the right hosts in a metro cluster environment.

This in my opinion completes the FVP product where the long awaited NFS support is finally going to be released (but currently still in limited beta).