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Amazon buys NVMe startup E8 Storage to boost public cloud

Another NVMe flash startup has been acquired — this time by a public cloud storage giant.

Amazon confirmed it will acquire E8 Storage and deploy its rack-scale flash storage in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

Amazon said the transaction includes “some assets” that include hiring the E8 Storage team. E8 Storage CEO Zivan Ori reportedly will join Amazon in an unspecified executive capacity.

Israeli news outlet Globes first reported the story, citing unnamed sources who estimated Amazon will pay between $50 million and $60 million to acquire E8 Storage. A separate report by Reuters said the purchase price is much less, citing another source with knowledge of the deal. Amazon did not publicly disclose the acquisition price.

Amazon’s move comes two weeks after its public cloud rival Google bought file storage software startup Elastifile and nearly one month after holding company StorCentric acquired NVMe array hopeful Vexata.

The Amazon-E8 Storage marriage signals growing interest in NVMe flash. There is widespread industry belief that the NVMe protocol will eventually replace traditional SCSI-based storage. SCSI traffic makes several network hops along the network. By contrast, NVMe allows applications to talk directly to storage across multilane PCIe devices.

For Amazon, the deal highlights the competition it faces from enterprises seeking an AWS-like alternative that costs less than AWS and is managed on premises. It will be worth watching to see if Amazon integrates E8 Storage gear with AWS Nitro compute instances, which use NVMe as the underlying media with Elastic Block Store.

By acquiring E8 Storage, Amazon gains a storage operating system optimized for NVMe flash, said Eric Burgener, a research vice president of storage at analyst firm IDC.

“E8 has an NVMe-over-TCP implementation integrated in its software. It’s not that Amazon couldn’t have built that, but E8 already built it and it works. TCP is clearly the future of NVMe-over-fabrics-attached storage. That’s where the volume is going to be,” Burgener said.

Ori and Alex Friedman founded E8 Storage in 2014. Both previously had worked in management positions at IBM Storage. Friedman was E8’s vice president of R&D. E8 Storage emerged from stealth in 2016, with a dense block-based array that combines 24 NVMe SSDs in a 2U standard form factor.

The E8 Storage software targets analytics and similarly data-intensive workloads that require extreme performance and ultralow latency. E8 received more than $18 million in total funding, including a $12 million Series B round in 2016.

In addition to E8 arrays, customers have also been able to buy E8 Storage software on reference architecture with servers by Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo. The vendor this year added parallel file storage to target high-performance computing.

E8 Storage was an early entrant in end-to-end NVMe flash. The E8 architecture is based on industry-standard TCP over IP. Other NVMe startups include Apeiron Data, Excelero and Pavilion Data Systems.

Burgener said he wouldn’t be surprised to see more consolidation in NVMe storage. After ceding ground early, Burgener said legacy storage vendors have aggressively pushed into NVMe.

“Most of the majors have gotten their marketing acts together around selling NVMe for mixed workload consolidation, but they also want to go after the same kind of dedicated workloads” first targeted by NVMe startups, Burgener said.

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Graph processing gives credit analysis firms an edge

Graph databases have emerged as yet another way to connect data points — but graph processing requirements for big data have sometimes kept them out of the reach of real-time, operational analytics.

Startup TigerGraph has come along recently with its take on graph processing, one the company said will prove to be a fit in fintech and other applications that seek to disrupt business as usual.

Led by former Teradata Hadoop engineer Yu Xu, TigerGraph came out of stealth in 2017, claiming such notable users as Visa and the online payment platform Alipay for its graph database technology. The software has been used by these players, for example, to speed up credit checks and other traditionally time-consuming financial processes. 

Credit worthy

According to the company, TigerGraph supports a massively parallel processing architecture in which graph nodes — the company uses the less common term “vertices” — exhibit both compute and storage features; employs a parallel loader to speed data ingestion; and has fashioned a GSQL analytics language to produce parallel graph queries.

IceKredit has found those features useful in its efforts to expand the availability of credit ratings and risk assessments, according to Minqi Xie, vice president and director of modeling and business intelligence at the financial technology company.

“We have very large data sets with hundreds of millions of [nodes], and we need to mine the relationships at depth,” said Xie, who works to ensure IceKredit provides useful online credit ratings and risk monitoring services for companies and individuals.

Xie indicated IceKredit uses graph analytics to uncover connections within data sets that can identify patterns of risk. Such patterns must be uncovered more and more quickly in the fast-moving fintech space, where credit approvals that once took a week are now accomplished in minutes.

“TigerGraph made it feasible for us to leverage the features from relationship networks for real-time scoring,” he said.

Developer view of graph data
TigerGraph graph database development centers around graph nodes, or, in the company’s parlance, vertexes. Users can define vertex types and edge types to model a data schema, which can be loaded into working graphs.

Graph processing cuts through data molasses

Like others, Gaurav Deshpande, a longtime IBM data hand who earlier this year became vice president of marketing at TigerGraph, points to graph processing as superior to relational database schemes when it comes to representing interconnected relationship between data points.

Historically, almost all the graph database vendors have focused on operational capabilities.
Philip Howardanalyst, Bloor Research

But, Deshpande remarks, how quickly these connections can be analyzed can be an obstacle.

Traditionally, he said graph databases “weren’t ‘operational’ when it came to data volumes beyond 50 to 100 GBs. Performance slowed down. When you got to more than 500 GBs, performance was like molasses.”

Such systems were useful for visualizing data, but “they were nothing that could be used operationally,” Deshpande said. The parallelizing tactics TigerGraph applies to its graph database, he indicated, are intended to bring graph processing technology closer to operations.

Complex analytics at scale

TigerGraph is looking to join the ranks of still fairly limited graph NoSQL database makers that employ a number of diverse approaches to implementing the technology. These include vendors such as Neo4J, IBM, and Cambridge Semantics. Among others are Amazon and Microsoft, which have taken steps to bring graph processing technology more mainstream with, respectively, AWS Neptune and Azure Cosmos cloud offerings.

“Historically, almost all the graph database vendors have focused on operational capabilities. They support a certain level of analytics and query processing but not complex analytics at scale,” said Philip Howard, analyst at Bloor Research.

“TigerGraph, on the other hand, is specifically targeted at precisely those sorts of use cases, so you can’t really compare it with most of the other suppliers,” he said.

There are some precedents, however, and signs of change. Bloor noted supercomputer maker Cray offers graph analytics as part of its portfolio. And he sees others ready to follow suit.

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Wanted – Budget 1155 bundle – or similar

Hi mate

If you are still looking I have another combination available, I’ve just removed these from another PC I built for my mate (He’s upgrading)

Asus P8Z77-M Motherboard socket 1155 with back plate
Intel i3 3220 CPU
2 x 4Gb (8Gb Total) Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz Ram
Arctic Pro 7 V2 Cooler

Price would be £110 all in or could substitute the ram from the other combo I offered you 2 x 2Gb (4GB total) Corsair DDR3 ram and do £85 inc ?

Again the cooler would be removed for shipping.

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For Sale – Aorus X7 v6 17.3″ GTX1070 G-Sync Gaming Laptop

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I’m selling my gaming laptop as it is no longer being used after getting another desktop.

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For Sale – Aorus X7 v6 17.3″ GTX1070 G-Sync Gaming Laptop

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