Kove® XPD™ L2 Sets 5 Microsecond Storage Latency World Record

New York - 11 May 2012

Performance is deterministic under load, over time, and as disk utilization changes

Kove, a leader in high performance storage, is pleased to announce at the grand opening of the Dell Solution Center in New York City, another first for low latency storage. Using Mellanox’s InfiniBand, the Kove® XPD™ L2 storage has achieved continuous and sustained 5 microsecond random storage read and write. The Kove® XPD™ L2 provides the fastest enterprise storage available without constraints due to usable space or disk utilization. Units are on display and being demonstrated in the Dell Solution Center, One Penn Plaza, New York City.

Kove transforms memory into persistent storage, while others try to make Flash storage perform like memory. The Kove® XPD™ L2 offers the lowest sustained latency available, not subject to periodic performance jitter or “periodicity”. Even under constantly changing disk utilization, it delivers uniform, predictable, and deterministic performance.

The record-setting 5 microsecond latency can remove storage bottlenecks, reduce I/O wait time, and saturate the fastest CPUs. Using conventional network meshes, organizations can scale storage linearly to achieve any performance or capacity level. For example, 4 Kove® XPD™ L2 appliances can consistently and predictably deliver more than 46 million I/Os per second and 100 gigabytes per second throughput. Jobs that used to take hours can complete in minutes or even seconds.

Organizations can accelerate ingest, financial services, databases, business analytics, and batch jobs, among others.

The Kove® XPD™ L2 achieved 5 microsecond latency with six Mellanox ConnectX®-2, 40Gb/s InfiniBand HCAs, serving block storage via an InfiniBand fabric. R-HPC provided equipment for the tests.

“The Kove® XPD™ L2 is a continuation of our leadership in high performance storage. It allows high performance applications to use storage as a weapon rather than accept it as a handicap,” states John Overton, Kove CEO. “We are pleased to set a new bar height for storage latency.”

“We are pleased to support Kove in building a world-leading RDMA-based storage solution,” said Amir Prescher, Vice President of Business Development at Mellanox Technologies. “By taking advantage of InfiniBand's inherent efficiencies and Mellanox's advanced offloading and RDMA technology, Kove is able to eliminate interconnect bottlenecks and demonstrate leading storage throughput and low-latency capabilities that accelerate application performance for financial services’ customers.”

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