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Avere Systems: Enabling Innovation with High-Performance Storage Access

The modern foundation for innovation is up in the cloud. The cloud platform has changed the dimensions of how things are done. Be it discovering new treatments for diseases or setting up the stage for animations or special effects for the next hit movie, the cloud platform is the place for high-performance storage and flexibility. It sure makes sense to store and process the data that’s absolutely critical for a business in the cloud.

So, if you’re looking for the right storage platform, Avere Systems is the right platform for you. Founded by file systems experts, Avere Systems is changing the way enterprises thought about and bought storage resources. Kickstarted in 2008, Avere was established with a mission to use fast, flash-based storage in the most efficient, effective manner possible. With their decades of experience, the founders discovered a technology that optimized storage resources and reduced dependencies on sprawling storage installations.

Avere is headquartered on North Shore of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently joined Microsoft Corporation. High-performance storage and flexibility is key for innovation, Avere believes. This is why the company delivers it to clients. “We do this with the ongoing development of file system and caching technologies that speed access to compute and storage in hybrid environments,” explains the Co-Founder and CEO of Avere, Ronald Bianchini. “Our products enable drop-in performance that frees IT departments from buying more storage capacity for their data centers to solve performance-based issues and provide an on-ramp to the cloud.”

Partnering with Microsoft

In February 2018, Avere Systems joined Microsoft Corporation to drive even more industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure. This was when Avere was launched as Avere OS. The advanced file system of Avere OS boosts performance within standard on-premises network-attached storage systems. Also, the Avere OS operates within diverse and hybrid architectures that include cloud provider services and other types of object storage.

Quick facts about Avere

  • 30 of the top 33 world blockbusters of 2016 used special effects made possible by Avere
  • 6 of the world’s 8 largest tech companies run critical applications run on Avere or are partners
  • 4 of the top 8 most profitable US companies run mission-critical applications on Avere or are partners
  • Highly recognized agencies including CDC, LOC, and NASA use Avere
  • 2 of Forbes top biotech companies use Avere for genomic sequencing
  • Leading hedge funds use Avere for analytics modeling in the cloud

People of Avere

Professionals working in storage prefer Avere for many reasons. But, easy data management, the promise of high performance, and infrastructure resource flexibility are the main reasons for people preferring to go to Avere. From the world’s best media and entertainment producers to enterprise mission-critical applications, Avere puts speed, access, and flexibility into the most demanding systems.

The customers of Avere include many of the world’s top brands in technology, finance, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and telecommunications as well as data-intensive organizations like healthcare research, higher education research, and government agencies. “Avere is motivated by the accomplishments of our customers making use of fast, efficient access to this data, whether it is building the next jaw-dropping special effects for a blockbuster summer movie or discovering new treatments for life-threatening diseases using genomic research,” he proudly notes.

Even the people developing this platform are happy to be part of Avere. “There are lots of reasons. Most importantly, I work with very smart people and we are developing a product that will revolutionize the data storage industry,” says an employee at Avere Systems.

The Distinguished Engineer

Ronald Bianchini, Co-Founder, CEO, and President

Ronald Bianchini serves as a distinguished engineer on the Microsoft Azure storage team. Before Avere joined Microsoft, Ron Bianchini served as president and chief executive officer of Avere Systems as well as its co-founder. Ron has a long record of accomplishment in building and leading successful companies that deliver breakthrough technologies. Prior to Avere, Ron was a senior vice president at NetApp, where he served as the leader of the NetApp Pittsburgh Technology Center. Previously, he co-founded Scalable Networks [acquired by FORE], which designed and implemented a large-scale Gigabit Ethernet switch, and earlier in his career, he was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ron received an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds numerous patents in fault-tolerant distributed systems and high-speed network design and has published extensively in technical journals.

“We’re dedicated to designing fast access to data from the right type of storage for your business.”

“By optimizing storage performance and facilitating flexibility in where data can be stored, our customers are doing great things in less time than was previously possible.”

“Avere is motivated by the accomplishments of our customers making use of fast, efficient access to this data, whether it is building the next jaw-dropping special effects for a blockbuster summer movie or discovering new treatments for life-threatening diseases using genomic research.”