Attala Systems Launches High Performance Composable Storage Infrastructure Product Line

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Utilizing DN family of storage enclosures, HNA family of host adapters and SPARA management software, Attala sets new standards for cloud storage infrastructure.

The launch of the Attala Composable Storage Infrastructure marks the start of a significant change in how storage is used for cloud and real-time analytics..." Taufik Ma, CEO, Attala Systems

Attala Systems today announces the launch of their Composable Storage Infrastructure product, which will be showcased at VMworld 2017 US in Las Vegas. The VMworld showcase will also mark the first time an NVMe® over Fabric (NVMe-oF) solution has been demonstrated with VMWare ESXi. The product utilizes Intel® FPGAs and NVMe flash storage to provide breakthrough performance for cloud service providers (CSPs), e-commerce sites, managed service providers (MSPs), telco providers, financial services, and real-time digital enterprises. The company, which came out of stealth mode earlier this month at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit, where it won the Best of Show award in the NVMe Storage, NVMe-oF Adapter, and Software categories.

“The launch of the Attala Composable Storage Infrastructure marks the start of a significant change in how storage is used for cloud and real-time analytics”, said Taufik Ma, CEO of Attala Systems. “We have used our award-winning FPGA-based fabric to deliver breakthrough in predictable storage latency, IOPS, agility and cost efficiency. When combined with our SPARA automation and management software, the result is a storage system with high and predictable performance, and extremely simple management.”

The Attala product utilizes a scale-out fabric running on standard 25, 40 or 50Gb/sec Ethernet to interconnect a data center’s servers and data nodes. By focusing on scale-out cloud storage and using an FPGA-based fabric, the Attala team was able to eliminate legacy storage management layers. The resulting product provides over ten million IOPS per scale-out node, and latencies as low as 16 micro seconds, all with pricing per gigabyte lower than competitive solutions, and in a storage system with full redundancy including dual-ported NVMe SSDs. The result is an adaptable storage infrastructure that is essentially an elastic block storage (EBS) solution “on steroids”.

“By reducing the NVMe protocols into an FPGA Attala’s technology promises to quickly democratize the ultra-low latency performance of NVMe over fabrics.” said Howard Marks, chief Scientist at DeepStorage. “With Ethernet connected NVMEoF JBOFs system architects can build composable infrastructures assigning NVMe resources directly to hosts or to software defined storage controllers, dynamically via their favorite orchestration engine like Puppet, Chef, or Ansible. We look forward to testing the Attala Systems Composable Storage Infrastructure product in the future.”

The Attala fabric includes the Model HNA host PCIe adapters which provide full hardware emulation of NVMe SSDs, allowing the solution to expose pooled resources as virtual SSDs (vSSDs). The host OS, hypervisor or driver treat these vSSDs as actual SSDs using standard, in-box NVMe drivers, allowning operation with any OS, any hypervisor, and bare-metal provisioning software. These capabilities are complimented by a fully automated orchestration layer, where the fabric dynamically and securely attaches volumes from storage resources from across the network directly to bare-metal servers, virtual machines or containers. The Attala Systems solution does not require host agents or software, dramatically simplifying deployment and maintenance of the system across heterogeneous environments.

Attala’s composable storage infrastructure product will be available from Attala Systems in calendar Q3, 2017. Please come by and see a demonstration of the product in the Intel Systems Booth (Booth 500) at VMworld 2017 US, August 28th-31st, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas.

About Attala Systems
Founded in 2015 with offices in San Jose, California, Attala Systems ( is an early-stage technology company focused on the design and development of a new generation of storage and networking infrastructure based on the use of FPGAs and cloud-focused self-learning orchestration and provisioning software. By freeing storage architectures from the multiple levels of abstraction inherent in enterprise-based storage systems, Attala significantly improves system performance reduces operational costs for cloud storage providers and those with a need for high-performance, low latency storage systems.

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