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Whither Computational Storage?

  • ScaleFlux 
  • 2 min read

This week, Pliops announced $100m in additional funding, while at FMS 2022, we heard NGD Systems was not doing so well.  In the few short years that we’ve known about Computational Storage, how are the successful companies managing to maintain momentum?

ScaleFlux

ScaleFlux has a slightly different approach to computational storage, with a range of AIC and U.2 devices that implement onboard compression and optimisation.  This results in a drive with greater capacity, performance and endurance than a typical drive using the same volume of NAND flash.  We spoke to ScaleFlux around 18 months ago when the most recent product on offer was the CSD2000 series.  At FMS 2022, ScaleFlux announced the CSD3000 series, which is based on an ARM SoC design.  The new product range supports PCIe 4.0 and the new E1 format (in addition to U2 and AIC).

ScaleFlux is effectively a cost efficiency solution.  Customers get more capacity and performance for the same money, with the capability to push products harder (greater endurance).  Most important, the CSD devices are drop-in compatible NVMe drives, so require no additional software or configuration.  This makes the technology appealing to hyper-scalers and other large-scale enterprise vendors that are focused on TCO.

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ScaleFlux

ScaleFlux is the pioneer in deploying Computational Storage at scale. Computational Storage is the foundation for modern, data-driven infrastructure that enables responsive performance, affordable scaling, and agile platforms for compute and storage I/O intensive applications. Founded in 2014, ScaleFlux is a well-funded startup with leaders proven to deploy complex computing and solid-state storage solutions in volume.

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