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Fungible Doubles Down on NVMe over TCP by Delivering Fast Storage Initiator Solution

Advances data center economics by simplifying secure disaggregation of high performance scale-out flash storage using open standards.

Fungible Inc. is adding new capabilities and products to its Storage Cluster product portfolio.
The Storage Initiator (SI) cards allow standard servers to access NVMe/TCP storage targets using the fastest and most efficient implementation of NVMe/TCP, providing enhancements to the security and usability of the entire data platform, and make deploying NVMe/TCP effortless in existing data centers.
Data centers have harbored inefficiencies for decades. Silos of resources create stranded capacity, while at the same time creating overhead for managing each silo independently. While silos have proliferated due to the unique needs of each application, workloads have also grown more and more data-centric. This has fueled the accelerated growth of infrastructure spending, while generalized hardware has become less effective at meeting the needs of these modern workloads.
The company has answered these challenges by creating a powerful data processing init, the Fungible DPU, a new category of processor purpose-built for data-centric workloads. It offers technology to unlock the capacity stranded in silos by disaggregating these resources into pools, and composing them on-demand to meet the dynamic resourcing needs of modern applications. While pooled storage has long been an answer to eliminating local storage silos, it is typically implemented at the expense of performance. This tradeoff is no longer necessary.  Built to run on standard NVMe/TCP, firm’s storage cluster enables the benefits of pooled storage without sacrificing performance. Now, with the announcement of Storage Initiator, NVMe/TCP is easier to adopt, easier to deploy and more powerful.
The Storage Initiator solution is delivered on company’s FC200, FC100 and FC50 cards. Each of these cards is powered by the S1 DPU, and a single FC200 card is capable of delivering 2.5 million IO/s to its host. These cards, and the Fungible Storage Cluster, are managed by Fungible Composer, which orchestrates the composition of disaggregated data center resources on demand.
Fungible’s SI solution offers a hardware accelerated, high performance approach to disaggregating storage from servers. The SI cards are available in a standard PCIe form-factor, allowing effortless deployment into existing servers. The cards manage all  NVMe/TCP communication for the host, and in turn present native NVMe devices to the host OS using standard NVMe drivers. This approach enables interoperability with OSs that do not natively support NVMe/TCP.  When paired with a FS1600 or other non-Fungible NVMe/TCP storage targets, the SI cards enhance the performance, security and efficiency of those environments as well as providing high performance implementation of standards-based NVMe/TCP.  
Benefits of the Storage Initiator solution include:
  1. Simplicity – Allows modern data center compute servers to finally get rid of all local storage, even boot drives, allowing the complete disaggregation of storage from servers.
  2. Security – Seamless, high performance, multi-tenant encryption of data from the moment it is first transmitted over the network through its lifetime retention on the Fungible storage target. 
  3. Flexibility – Expands the usability of NVMe/TCP to a broader set of customer environments, even those without native NVMe/TCP support.
  4. Savings and Performance – Offloads the processing of NVMe/TCP from the host, freeing up approximately 30% of the general purpose CPU cores to run applications. This provides significant cost and environmental savings to customers.
“With our high-performance and low-latency implementation, Fungible’s disaggregated NVMe/TCP solution becomes a game changer. Over the last 5 years, we have designed our products to support NVMe/TCP natively to revolutionize the economics of deploying flash storage in scale-out implementations,” said Eric Hayes, CEO. “In addition to industry leading performance, our solutions offer more value and the highest levels of security, compression, efficiency, durability and ease of use. At Fungible, we continue to disrupt the traditional rigid models by disaggregating compute and storage using available industry standards like NVMe/TCP.”
“NVMe/TCP is rapidly gaining adoption and is a key driver in storage innovation today,” said Ashish Nadkarni, group VP infrastructure systems, platforms and technologies group, IDC. “It excels in highly demanding and compute-intensive enterprise, cloud and edge data center environments. Companies, such as Fungible, are leveraging NVMe/TCP to deliver the highest throughput, fastest response times and unrivaled economics for all types of workloads.”


Fungible continues to shake the data center storage segment with a rapid cycle of innovation and product release this time with the storage initiator.

Founded by Pradeep Sindhu with Bertrand Serlet, the company promotes a full and only TCP-based storage NVMe-oF network with this new component or without with "classic" TCP network. It means some immediate gains with DPU to DPU connections that enable new services, of course fast data exchanges and extreme resiliency thanks to TrueFabric.Clearly the match already started on the transport layer field between FC, IB and TCP/Ethernet defenders.

This is illustrated by the recent announcement from Kalray with its Flashbox, players like Pliops, Nebulon, Lightbits Labs or Pavilion Data or Vexata, now a StorCentric asset ,or more traditional big irons such as NetApp, IBM, Dell or Hitachi Vantara.