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Data News: Graid Technology Improves RAID with NVMe

“We use a commercial GPU (Nvidia) integrated with our patented software-defined RAID solution, knowing that neither Flash memory nor spinning disks can meet the emerging needs of the market,” said Tom Paquette, Senior VP and General Manager North-America, EMEA and ANZ at Graid Technology.

(Marc Husquinet for Data News / Feb. 12, 2024) Artificial intelligence and machine learning applications require ultra-high performance hardware. Traditional RAID systems and even software RAID do not offer this, which is why Graid Technology developed SupremeRAID™.

Organizations today swear by artificial intelligence, machine learning, real-time analytics and edge computing, all applications that require a lot of computing power. Cloud providers and telecom infrastructures are also particularly hungry for processing and storage capacity.

RAID and NVMe

These are challenges for traditional RAID technologies for hardware and software, which are reaching their limits. In response, Graid Technology has developed a card based on NVMe (non-volatile memory express) that can be integrated into both desktop and cloud environments and should provide the necessary computing power, throughput and protection needed to support this new processing applications. “We are using a commercial GPU chip that we are integrating into a software-defined solution, knowing that neither Flash memory nor spinning disks can meet the emerging needs of the market,” said Tom Paquette, Senior VP and General Manager North -America, EMEA and ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) at Graid Technology, during the IT Press Tour in California.

In practice, Graid Technology now offers three types of cards based on the Supreme RAID. For example, there is the SR 1000 in 1U multi-node format with 32 SSDs for cloud and corporate servers (the traditional market). Then the SR 1010 in 2U and larger format with 32 SSDs, also for cloud and corporate servers. And most recently, the SH 1001 in 1U and tower format with 8 SSDs for tower and edge computers, but also for professional workstations and gaming. “We now have products ranging from desktop to cloud,” Paquette explains.

“We are setting a new standard in data protection and performance for enterprises. Graid Technology is the obvious choice when it comes to performance,” concludes Tom Paquette. “We solve throughput and IOPS problems.”

Developments

He adds that the SSD is connected directly to the PCIe bus for speed reasons. The company also emphasizes that it is compatible with most operating systems (Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, Debian and others), NVMe SSDs (Seagate, Kingston, Samsung, Micron, Western Digital, etc.) and platforms (AMD, ARM and Intel) . Moreover, it offers support for various virtualization tools (KVM, Windows Server and others).

And to provide even better performance and scalability while lowering latency, Graid Technology offers NVMe over Fabrics in combination with RAID to connect a host server running the Graid card to networked Flash drives. The main advantages are ease of use, flexibility and durability, performance, plug & play, maximum scalability and lower CPU requirements. “We are setting a new standard in data protection and performance for enterprises. Graid Technology is the obvious choice when it comes to performance,” concludes Tom Paquette. “We solve throughput and IOPS problems.”

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