Mellanox Introduces Breakthrough NVMe SNAP™ Technology to Simplify Composable Storage
BlueField SmartNIC Virtualizes Storage for any Application or Operating System to Accelerate Cloud
The Mellanox NVMe SNAP solution eliminates the inefficiency of local storage while addressing a growing need for compute and storage disaggregation and composability at cloud scale. NVMe SNAP enables faster adoption of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) in different data center environments by enabling seamless integration into almost any server with any operating system or hypervisor, effectively enabling immediate deployment of NVMe-oF technology for any application.
The NVMe SNAP solution, delivered as part of the BlueField™ family of PCIe SmartNIC adapters, makes networked flash storage appear as local NVMe storage, effectively virtualizing the physical storage. Local NVMe SSDs are already supported by all major operating systems and hypervisors. NVMe SNAP makes use of these existing NVMe interfaces, to give customers the composability and flexibility of networked flash storage, combined with the advantages of local SSD performance, management, and software transparency. This NVMe SNAP technology is combined with BlueField’s powerful multicore Arm processors and virtual switch and RDMA offload engines, to enable a broad range of accelerated storage, software defined networking, and application solutions. The Arm processors in combination with SNAP can be used to accelerate distributed file systems, compression, de-duplication, big data, artificial intelligence, load balancing, security and many other applications.
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“Customers rely on the revolutionary E8 Storage architecture for the
most demanding workload, such as genomics, real-time analytics, and
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“NVMe SNAP lets more customers take advantage of Excelero’s
high-performance NVMesh storage solution and Remote Direct Drive Access
(RDDA) functionality,” said Yaniv Romem, CTO and co-founder of Excelero.
“NVMesh is the ideal storage for 4K and 8K video production, databases,
containers, and high-performance computing use cases, and NVMe SNAP
allows a broader range of operating systems and hypervisors access
NVMesh as if it were local storage. We are excited to work with
As more workloads move to public and private cloud infrastructure and servers increasingly use faster 25, 50 and 100 Gb/s network speeds, customers face increasing challenges to meet storage capacity, management, and performance requirements. While providing fast performance, it is hard to fully utilize, protect, and share local storage. Networked storage, based on NVMe over Fabrics, improves resource utilization, flexibility, and capacity planning, but requires specific support from operating systems, hypervisors, and applications. NVMe SNAP allows remote storage to appear as if it were direct-attached NVMe flash, in a way that is completely transparent to the OS and hypervisor. This allows all applications running on virtualized, containerized, or bare metal servers to enjoy the performance benefits of local storage with the manageability, data protection, and efficiency of networked storage.
“Customers want to achieve Total Infrastructure Efficiency across
servers, storage, and networking, and the Mellanox NVMe SNAP solution
offers them a way to achieve exactly that,” said
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