Virtualized environments can get a big performance boost out of flash-based server-side storage, asserts San Jose, Calif.-based PernixData. And to help spread the word, the company is sponsoring a new program that allows virtualization experts and data storage administrators to get some hands-on time with the company's FVP software.
The software defined storage startup today announced PernixPro, a community program that offers free access to PernixData FVP software and connects IT professionals with technical resources, the company's own experts and each other. The goal is to mainstream flash storage, which is already making substantial inroads into data centers.
PernixData FVP "decouples storage performance from storage capacity," according to the company. The VM-aware technology enlists PCIe flash add-on cards and solid-state drives (SSDs) to accelerate virtual workloads and automate storage management duties, including live migrations and resource management for clustered hypervisors.
PernixData joins a growing list of tech companies that are leveraging server-side flash storage to bridge the performance gap between servers and SANs. Virident debuted its FlashMAX Connect software in February. It enables PCIe SSDs to deliver SAN-like storage pooling and high availability capabilities. A month later, QLogic launched FabricCache (formerly Mt. Rainier), a Fibre Channel (FC) adapter with built-in intelligence that pools server-side flash storage cache.
In May, the PernixData raised $20 million from prominent VC firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Lightspeed Venture Partners. "Virtualization deserves better from storage, and this is just the beginning of the disruption we have planned for the storage industry," argued PernixData CTO and cofounder Satyam Vaghani at the time.
Today, PernixData is targeting "experts in the IT community" that are dedicated to advancing virtualization and storage technologies. vExperts, VMUG leaders, analysts and bloggers are encouraged to apply to PernixPro. "PernixData is committed to working hand-in-hand with industry experts to advance the adoption of server side flash as a key tool in next generation data centers," said PernixData CEO Poojan Kumar in a statement.
Kumar added that PernixPro "offers a unique opportunity to share our technology with the greatest minds in the industry and exchange ideas that will change the face of storage forever."
In addition to free licenses for PernixData FVP, PernixPro provides access to an online forums and a community comprised of PernixData technical staff and fellow PernixPro members. Further, members are entitled to promotions, exclusive events, advance information and "technology deep dives," according to the company.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.