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Judges rated PernixData Inc.'s Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) version 1.0 as the most innovative product among the finalists in the storage system software category.
One judge noted FVP's "shrewd approach for optimizing and sharing virtual server solid-state PCIe [PCI Express] storage" and its "nice scale-out of performance. It separates the storage performance layer from the physical hardware," he said. "Smart."
PernixData FVP aggregates server-side flash resources and allows any server that runs the software to remotely access the performance-boosting flash on any other host in the cluster. Users install the software inside VMware's hypervisor, add a plug-in to the vSphere client and create flash clusters. FVP is compatible with VMware operations such as vMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler, High Availability and Snapshot.
"This has been one of my favorites for the year," one judge commented. "This is a truly integrated part of the vSphere hypervisor as a shared resource in clustered environments."
Our judges put PernixData FVP version 1.0 among the top five for each of the competition's rating criteria.
The FVP server-side flash hypervisor accelerates both read and write operations, and replicates writes across the clustered hosts to ensure fault tolerance. The product requires no changes to existing virtual machines, servers or storage infrastructure.