Data storage startups to watch: Avere Systems Inc.
Clustered NAS offering with dynamic tiering lets users
manage NAS devices as a single pool
Vendor: Avere Systems Inc.
Category: Scale-out NAS
Product: Avere FXT appliances
Why it makes our list: Improves performance and management of clustered NAS
Avere sets out to keep
from sputtering as it scales. Avere’s FXT appliances add dynamic tiering
and provide a global namespace to enable customers to manage
all NAS devices
as a single pool. The appliances use DRAM and NVRAM to accelerate
performance as well as flash solid-state drives (SSDs) or hard drives. Avere’s file system
dynamically tiers data by automatically moving it to the optimal storage tier based on demand, and
the vendor added global namespace to the FXT appliances
this year. Avere has been shipping since 2009 and has $32
million in funding. Its challenge will be continuing to add value as clustered NAS becomes more
mainstream and vendors improve their products.
This was first published in August 2011