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November 22, 2010

Kove Launches Xpress Disk Gen2

Kove, a provider of high performance storage solutions, introduced a Terabyte Memory Disk, with support from Mellanox (News - Alert) Technologies and R Systems. The new disk, known as the Kove Xpress Disk (XPD) achieved over 20 Gbps of sustained data bandwidth for random reads and writes, when integrated with the ConnectX-240 Gbps InfiniBand of Mellanox, a provider of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance. Apart from converging multiple legacy network technologies into one flexible solution, the products by Mellanox offer enhanced bandwidth, performance, scalability, power conservation and cost-effectiveness to the enterprises.

During a testing process, the equipment for which had been provided by R Systems, a single Kove XPD Gen2 storage appliance equipped with six Mellanox ConnectX-2 40 Gbps InfiniBand ports had been deployed to serve SCSI RDMA Protocol (SRP) storage through an InfiniBand fabric to an 11-node cluster.

An extremely fast storage device in a 4U chassis, the Kove XPD offers uninterrupted and sustained I/O for any duration of time, which provides enhanced performance and enables the organizations to cut down their I/O loads to do away with storage bottlenecks.

“The next generation Kove Xpress Memory Disk is a continuation of our leadership in high performance storage. The XPD Gen2 provides uncompressed performance for any type of I/O with no loss of performance over time,” said John Overton, Kove CEO, in a statement.

A number of systems can benefit from the Kove technology in a significant way. The Kove Xpress Disk had been deployed at the Purdue University (News - Alert) for addressing an I/O bottleneck that caused poor response in metadata transactions, and the institution was able to cut down a response of over four hours to seven minutes using the storage solution. The device offered a consistent performance to the organization since day one, for all I/O requests to the system.

 “We are pleased to support Kove in building a world-leading InfiniBand-based storage solution,” commented Gilad Shainer, senior director of HPC and Technical Computing at Mellanox Technologies. “By taking advantage of InfiniBand's inherent efficiencies and Mellanox's advanced offloading and RDMA technology, Kove is able to demonstrate storage throughput capabilities that can help eliminate I/O bottlenecks for next-generation HPC and enterprise data centers.”

Recently this month, Mellanox Technologies Ltd. entered a joint cooperative partnership with the Beijing Computing Center for building the Beijing Public Cloud Computing Center. The joint cloud computing laboratory is aimed at serving to further enhance China’s cloud computing technology efforts.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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