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Storage Newsletter: Recap of the 46th IT Press Tour Featuring Graid Technology

With participation of AuriStor, Data Dynamics, Graid Technology, HYCU, N-able, Panzura, Pavilion Data, Protocol Labs, ScaleFlux and Smart IOPS

(StorageNewsletter.com, Phillipe Nicolas, November 7, 2022)

The recent 46th edition of The IT Press Tour organized in California around IT Infrastructure, data management and storage was the opportunity to meet 10 companies, I should say 9, as Pavilion Data exploded during the week tour. These 9 others are AuriStor, Data Dynamics, Graid Technology, HYCU, N-able, Panzura, Protocol Labs, ScaleFlux and Smart IOPS.

Graid Technology

The company has created a new product on the market dedicated to the protection of production data. It is a computer board named SupremeRAID being a GPU-based RAID PCIe Gen 3 or Gen 4 card delivering high throughput and IO/s numbers.

Composable Infrastructure infographic

The team has recognized that RAID has become a bottleneck in many situations. Data volumes explode and data redundancy for production data presents obvious risks. We saw double parities for many years and also erasure coding coming to the market to solve that challenges. With NVMe connected devices, it is now a real limiting factor. At the same time the industry has developed several key technologies that combined together can address these limitations, it is the case of GPU, NVMe and PCIe Gen 3 or 4. Graid has realized that opportunity and designs, develops and builds such solutions with this SupremeRAID card.

In terms of performance, the Gen 3 – SR-1000 – delivers 16 million IO/s and 110GB/s throughput and the Gen 4 – SR-1010 – 19 million IO/s and same throughput. The team prepares of course a Gen 5 model. Today each card supports up to 32 SSDs connected via NVMe and NVMeoF but also SAS and SATA. Pricing is based on number of SSDs of course with 4, 8, 16 or 32 configurations, MSRP is $3,995 for the SupremeRAID SR-1010 card and 32 SSDs support. Today the offering is promoted as Enterprise Edition and the team will introduce a Datacenter Edition in 2023 with Kubernetes and VMware support and later SPDK support, erasure coding and of course Gen 5.

Even if the product is presented as a card, it relies on a key software development with agent installed on hosts. In write mode, the card process parities computation and data placement but in read mode, except the location information, data is pulled directly from the SSD without any transfer via the board itself.

The company, based in Santa Clara, CA, with a R&D center in Taiwan with a total of 45 employees, has raised so far $18 million and plans to add a new round very soon now. Really an OEM product, the company has signed several of these, the last one being Supermicro and is validated by Kioxia, Seagate, Western Digital, Gigabyte, AIC… We’ll see if the company will stay independent a long time as it represents a perfect prey for some vendors.

Read the full article here.


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About Graid Technology

Chosen by CRN as one of the Ten Hottest Data Storage Startups of 2021 and a 2022 Emerging Vendor in the Storage & Disaster Recovery category, Graid Technology Inc. has developed the world’s first NVMe and NVMeoF RAID card to unlock the full potential of enterprise SSD performance. We’re headquartered in Silicon Valley, with an R&D center in Taiwan, and are led by a dedicated team of experts with decades of experience in the SDS, ASIC and storage industries. Graid Technology Inc. is redefining performance standards for enterprise data protection: a single SupremeRAID™ card delivers 19 million IOPS and 110GB/s of throughput. For more information on Graid Technology Inc., connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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