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Thursday, 8 December 2016
DataCore Software Chairman Wins Innovator of the Year at Best in Biz Awards 2016
DataCore Software has been named a gold winner in the Best in Biz Awards Innovator of the Year category, honoring the achievements of DataCore Chairman and Co-Founder, Ziya Aral.
The Best in Biz Awards is the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. The sixth annual program in North America garnered more than 600 entries, from public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada.
Much of DataCore’s technological success can be attributed to its Chairman and Co-Founder, Ziya Aral. Responsible for the direction of DataCore’s technologies, advancements and products, Aral is truly a pioneer in the storage industry.
While Aral has long been considered a “guru” in the space – widely published in the field of computer science – there’s no doubt that this past year was among his most innovative. His fundamental role in creating DataCore’s new Parallel I/O technology, the heart of the company’s software products including SANsymphony and DataCore Hyper-converged Virtual SAN is one of his greatest achievements to date. This says a lot for someone who designed the first high availability UNIX-based intelligent storage controller and whose development team invented disk-based data-sharing technology.
The problem facing the IT industry today is that in order to keep up with the rate of data acquisition and unpredictable demands of enterprise workloads, business applications, data analytics, Internet of Things and highly virtualized environments, systems require ultra-fast I/O response times. However, the required I/O performance had failed to materialize in large part because software development hadn’t exploited the symmetrical multiprocessing characteristics of today’s cost-effective multicore systems. This is where Ziya Aral comes in…
In the early days of parallel computing, Aral was vice president of engineering and CTO of Encore Computer Corporation, one of the pioneers of parallel computing development. Then as co-founder of DataCore Software, he helped create the storage virtualization movement and what is now widely known as software-defined storage technology. As Aral and his team of technologists at DataCore Software set out to tackle the I/O bottleneck issue, this unique combination of expertise has enabled DataCore to develop the technology required to leverage the power of multi-cores to power I/O intensive applications like no other company can.
Parallel I/O executes independent ‘no stall’ I/O streams simultaneously across multiple CPU cores, dramatically reducing the time it takes to process I/O and enabling a single server to do the work of many.
The result? Parallel I/O not only completely revolutionizes storage performance but takes parallel processing from the realm of the specialist to making it practical and affordable for the masses. Unleashing multicores from the shackles of being I/O bound opens up endless new possibilities for cognitive computing, AI, machine learning, IoT and data analytics. The technology is proven at customer sites and has shattered the world-record for I/O performance and response times using industry-audited and peer-reviewed benchmarks.
“If companies are going to stand out from the crowd and remain competitive in future years, innovation is key. The market is tough and there is no guarantee that today’s dominant players will remain so — unless time and effort are concentrated on research and development,” said Charlie Osborne, ZDNet, one of Best in Biz Awards’ judges this year. “This year’s entries in Best in Biz Awards highlighted not only innovative business practices but the emergence of next-generation technologies which will keep companies current and relevant.”