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Vexata emerges after 3 years in ‘stealth mode’ to launch revolutionary product

22 Sep 2017

​Vexata has launched after almost four years in ‘semi-stealth mode’ backed by US$54 million in funding from Mayfield, Intel Capital, Lightspeed Ventures and Redline Capital.

The company was founded by Zahid Hussain, a flash-storage executive who left Dell EMC in 2013 because he encountered an underlying active-data problem that he sought to solve.

Since then, the company has been working under wraps to create what it asserts is the fastest NVMe flash storage product out on the market, in addition to the next generation of data management solutions.

Vexata unveiled Active Data Fabric its launch, a software-defined all-solid-state data storage infrastructure that is cable of enabling transformative performance at scale for Tier 1 applications in enterprise or cloud data centres.

The company affirms its products enable exponentially higher performance and scale compared to today’s leading all-flash storage solutions.

Vexata eliminates I/O bottlenecks to enable top database and analytics platforms such as Oracle, SAS, SQL Server and emerging NoSQL and cognitive computing platforms to achieve peak performance operating across large active data sets, without application re-writes or infrastructure re-architecture.

“Our goal was to develop a data infrastructure solution that would simply and cost-effectively meet the I/O performance at-scale demands of applications fueling digital businesses,” says Zahid Hussain, CEO at Vexata.

“With our Active Data Fabric solutions based on the groundbreaking VX-OS, our customers are seeing immediate and dramatic business benefits.”

According to the company, its core innovation revolves around its patent-pending storage operating system – VX-OS – that fully utilises the latest solid-state media, such as NVMe Flash and 3D XPoint SSDs, without compromising resiliency and data management services.

Managing director at Mayfield, Navin Chaddha says they were excited by the product vision and domain expertise of the founding team within Vexata.

“The company is focused on fundamentally simplifying and accelerating data infrastructure for the applications that drive modern business,” says Chaddha.

“Their innovative approach with Active Data Fabric is solving important problems for their customers. We look forward to partnering with the Vexata team.”

The innovations from Vexata certainly come at a good time, as a recent IDC survey found 76 percent of IT and business professionals said that slow access to data has inhibited business opportunities, with more than 50 percent of the data they extract, transform and load (ETL) being five to seven days old.

“Vexata helps enterprises accelerate mission- and business-critical applications by dramatically reducing storage latency. ESG Lab tested the technology using a punishing mix of OLTP and data analytics against the same data set in the same storage system and Vexata supported more than 80 million transactions per minute and 22 gigabytes per second of throughput at sub-100µsec response times,” says Scott Sinclair, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group.

“Enterprise customers are deploying environments such as Oracle, SAS, SQL and KX which places extreme stress on data infrastructure, so Vexata’s ability to deliver low-latency IOPS and massive bandwidth delivers faster, more accurate outcomes from these hybrid transaction and analytics processing workloads.”

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