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Excelero NVMesh Validated with Broadcom NIC

August 08, 2017

Excelero this week announced its NVMesh server SAN software is now validated on the NetXtreme BCM57414. That is Broadcom’s 25/50Gb Ethernet network interface card. Together, these solutions provide very low latency, the companies say. And that’s important for AI, big data analytics, IoT, and web-scale enterprise load applications.


Many enterprises want to build hyperscale data centers, noted Lior Gal, CEO and co-founder of Excelero. They’ve seen what such efforts have allowed Amazon, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn to achieve, he said. And now businesses want to follow in their footsteps to attain greater cost savings and scalability. The combined solution provides enterprises a storage option that moves them in that direction, he indicated.

Storage Switzerland’s George Crump said storage for hyperscale environments has been a limitation for some time. But now enterprise applications can get the latency, throughput and IOPs of a local NVMe device and the benefits of centralized, redundant storage, said Crump, Storage Switzerland’s president and founder. That makes this validation is particularly notable, he added.

"This is a pioneering development in integrating silicon and software that enterprises need to expedite the deployment of NVMe over Fabrics," said Ryan Quick, CEO and chief architect at Providentia Worldwide, an enterprise hyperscale computing consultancy.  "As alternatives to the PCIe bus emerge that are better for scale-out use, Broadcom and Excelero are key players to watch in an important and fast-changing market."

NVMe over Fabrics is a new technology that brings the benefits of NVMe to SAN with block storage, according to Greg Scherer, CTO for Ethernet and Fibre Chanenl adapter at Cavium. Those benefits include a simplified command set and the ability to send over Ethernet, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, or RDMA interfaces, he said. NVMe over Fabrics is orders a magnitude faster than rotating disc, according to Scherer.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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