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Avere Systems FXT Edge Filer, the FXT 5850

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Company: Avere Systems, Pittsburgh, PA
Entry Submitted By: Bhava Communications
Company Description: Founded in 2008 and based in Pittsburgh, PA, Avere Systems is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s solutions give companies the ability to put an end to the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute by allowing customers the freedom to store files anywhere in the cloud or on premises without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their data.
Nomination Category: New Product & Service Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Hardware - Storage

Nomination Title: Avere Systems FXT Edge Filer, the FXT 5850

Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 650 words). Describe its function, features, benefits, and performance to date.

Avere Systems' FXT Edge filer, the most powerful hybrid cloud storage product on the market, empowers enterprises to deploy and scale compute in the cloud, using both on-premises and cloud-based resources.

With the hybrid cloud market estimated to grow to $91.74 billion by 2021, Avere FXT Edge filer technology is critical to enabling enterprises to easily integrate applications requiring file systems into the public cloud. By reducing the dependency on traditional storage and facilitating modernization with hybrid cloud infrastructure, the FXT Edge filer helps organizations overcome compute, bandwidth and storage bottlenecks while managing tight IT budgets.

The latest FXT Edge filer model, the FXT 5850, consists of four configurations designed to meet the needs of enterprise architectures and high-performance environments including demanding financial simulations, genomic analysis and media rendering, to accelerate the efficiency of their file-based applications and lower cost of data storage. The FXT 5850 delivers double the performance, capacity and network bandwidth for the most challenging, data-intensive workloads over previous models.

Designed for high data-growth industries like financial services, media and entertainment, life sciences and government, the new FXT 5850 enables customers to speed time to market, produce higher quality output, and modernize the IT infrastructure with both cloud and advanced networking technologies. Customers are able to more than double performance with improvement from 4 gigabytes per second (GB/s) to 9 GB/s aggregate read throughput; double the capacity with twice as much DRAM and SSD as previous generations of the FXT; and achieve two and a half times higher network bandwidth with an increase from four 10 gigabit ethernet (GbE) ports to four 25 GbE ports.

In addition to enhancing financial, genomic and rendering workflows, the FXT accelerates high tech product development at the world’s largest software and hardware companies, scales seismic processing and reservoir modeling at major oil and gas companies, and serves national treasures from the world’s largest digital assets library. With the FXT Series, enterprises can integrate the public cloud, private object storage solutions, and existing NAS systems into a single, easy-to-manage infrastructure. With a complete NAS feature set, including NFS and SMB protocols, businesses can seamlessly store data and run applications on premises or in the cloud with minimal latency.

Use Cases

The University of Warsaw Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling selected Avere FXT Edge filers to deliver petabyte-scale storage for private cloud and to simplify access and data durability required for cloud-scale environments for its big data research center project, OCEAN. Today an Avere FXT Edge filer cluster front-ending the Western Digital Active Archive System at the ICM OCEAN presents some seven petabytes of usable archive capacity and the archive enables reliable access to aging data, ensuring availability for long-term and future research activities, and providing capacity for interdisciplinary teams representing some 200 scientists and developers working in areas like air transportation, bioinformatics, climate modeling, cosmology, and numerical weather prediction.

Long term customer Illumination Mac Guff, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures and one of the world’s leading studios for animated feature films, turned to Avere to build its next level infrastructure to support its expanded production pipeline, increase number of artists, double per-film global active data, and reap the benefit of cloud in its data center. Avere’s FXT Edge filers have not only increased storage throughput to meet the company’s workload and performance challenges, but have also provided real-time visual analysis of its complex application and storage environment. In addition to the studio’s private cloud archive solution, Avere front-ends about six petabytes of production-data capacity across two tier 1 storage clusters. Avere ensures high-performance I/O to the studio’s 80,000 core render farm, as well as to approximately 1,000 artist workstations. Avere increases productivity for the Illumination Mac Guff team by allowing faster access to digital film archives, so they can more quickly develop video promotions and new merchandise like stuffed animals, toys, and video games.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief features and benefits of the nominated product or service.

-The latest FXT Edge filers belong to the FXT 5000 Series and consist of four configurations designed to meet the needs of enterprise architectures and high-performance environments, such as demanding financial simulations, genomic analysis and media rendering, to accelerate the efficiency of their file-based applications and lower cost of data storage.
-More than double the performance with improvement from 4GB/s to 9GB/s aggregate read throughput.
-Double the capacity with twice as much DRAM and SSD as previous generations of the FXT.
-Two and a half times higher network bandwidth with an increase from four 10GbE ports to four 25GbE ports.
-Enterprises can integrate the public cloud, private object storage solutions, and existing NAS systems into a single, easy-to-manage infrastructure. With a complete NAS feature set, including NFS and SMB protocols, businesses can seamlessly store data and run applications on premises or in the cloud with minimal latency.