(Storage) Tip of the Day: Avere vFXT for Microsoft Azure now in public preview


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The Avere vFXT for Azure delivers new possibilities for running high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in the cloud. With this new software solution, you can now easily connect on-premises infrastructure to Azure compute or “lift and shift” file-based workloads in Azure to run between Azure blob in the same manner.

Avere vFXT for Azure solves the problem of running these enterprise HPC applications in the cloud while leveraging data stored on-premises or in Azure Blob. The Avere vFXT facilitates Edge computing as a virtual high-performance file caching appliance that runs in Azure Compute. With Avere, these critical workloads can access thousands of cores on-demand, increasing business agility by processing smarter and faster without adding extra cost.

Avere vFXT Overview:

  • High-performance file caching: Avere vFXTs will support several common brands of network-attached storage (NAS) as well as Azure Blob API.
  • Large core counts: Compute farms with about 1,000 – 40,000 cores work well with Avere vFXTs. These farms usually are facing fluctuation in demand as well as growth.
  • Read-heavy workloads: Workloads running with Avere vFXT clusters are heavy read, infrequent write in nature (at least 70:30), and demand high performance relying on a clustered network-attached storage.
  • Hybrid or all-in Azure support: Organizations in any stage of a cloud strategy can take advantage of Azure for HPC by using the Avere vFXT.
  • Multi-cloud support: Many customers request solutions that will support multiple cloud providers. The Avere vFXT is also available for both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. However, when use in Azure, the cost for Avere vFXT nodes is zero!

Getting started

To join the preview, visit the Avere vFXT for Azure public preview page, or simply find Avere in the Azure Marketplace. Then get started by reviewing the installation documentation and launching an Avere vFXT cluster.

Pricing

The Avere vFXT for Azure has no charge associated with licensing. However, costs associated with consumption do apply at normal rates

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