Plexistor Launches to Revolutionize Compute Paradigm with Software-Defined Memory

Lightspeed, Battery-backed startup to leverage emerging memory technologies simplifying datacenter infrastructures

15 Dec, 2015, 08:30 ET from Plexistor

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Startup Plexistor announced today that it will soon be unveiling a Software-Defined Memory (SDM) platform for next-generation data centers, bringing convergence of memory and storage technologies together, enabling high capacity persistent storage and near-memory speed by providing a direct data path from the application to the memory storage device.

Backed by Battery Ventures and Lightspeed Ventures, Plexistor is led by CEO Sharon Azulai, an experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record in creating new markets and rapid revenue growth by leveraging disruptive technologies and innovation; and CTO Dr. Amit Golander, who has extensive IT infrastructure research and development experience across storage, servers and networks.

SDM will support a wide range of memory and storage technologies such as volatile DRAM and emerging Non-Volatile memory devices such as NVDIMM-N and 3D XPoint™ as well as traditional flash storage devices such as NVMe and the upcoming NVMe over Fabric, enabling a scalable infrastructure to deliver persistent high capacity storage at near-memory speed.

"Over the past five years we have seen a lot of improvement in application performance, both in latency and throughput, with the extensive use of flash technologies. But in a blink of an eye the world has changed again, with the need for web-scale in-memory applications, boasting massive working sets and demanding real time analytics," said Arun Taneja, Founder of analyst firm Taneja Group. "These requirements can only be met with coalescing the persistence and capacity of storage technologies with speed and low latency from memory technologies. Enter Software-Defined Memory, a category we see forming over the next two years. Plexistor is clearly pioneering this category and we see 2016 as a breakout year for them. This couldn't be happening at a better time."

"Enterprise IT is facing a strong demand from increasingly latency-sensitive applications while at the same time ingesting 40 times more data than five years ago," said Azulai. "The result is an increase in data center complexity, higher costs and slower IT response time to business needs. We look forward to introducing a new way to handle the massive data pressure and perform quickly and efficiently without being cost prohibitive."

SDM solutions will utilize standard, heterogeneous, off-the-shelf persistent memory devices, and present them using standard APIs in a way that hides the internal complexity. Plexistor's SDM implementation will go further, enabling users to run large working data sets at lower costs, and offer backward compatibility with traditional storage-based applications to achieve near-memory performance levels.

Plexistor's SDM platform is on track for beta release in the first quarter of 2016.

About Plexistor
Plexistor has built a new Software-Defined Memory (SDM) platform to leverage volatile DRAM and emerging persistent memory, such as NVDIMM-N and the forthcoming 3DXPoint™, with large capacity, persistence of storage and performance of memory. Plexistor's solution upgrades infrastructure to ultra-low latency converged primary storage that enables in-memory applications to run large data sets at memory speeds. 100 times faster than flash SSD, Plexistor's SDM supports next-generation applications such as relational databases, in-memory databases, NoSQL, big data analytics, and complex event processing that challenge traditional compute and storage resources. The platform works across the data center to bring together in-memory and Enterprise storage paradigms, so conventional applications and business processes also benefit from SDM performance.

Plexistor was founded in Israel in 2013 and is headquartered in Mountain View, with its R&D in Herzliya, Israel. For further information visit www.plexistor.com   

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