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Removing file system latency that comes from processing metadata requests

Why Metadata?

As unstructured data has grown exponentially, requests for file metadata—information such as file attributes and access privileges—have also skyrocketed to become a huge bottleneck for application performance.

Metadata requests are the largest part of file system latency, making up 90% or more of all requests to a storage system or cloud. Performance-intensive apps from AI to autonomous vehicles generate massive amounts of metadata requests.

Up to 90% of requests to storage or cloud are for metadata.

Metadata’s Impact on Latency & Performance

7 of 8 storage operations are metadata requests.

Eliminating metadata bottlenecks leads to slashing latency, the last frontier in application performance.  

A Simple File Read Isn’t So Simple

Read /mnt/homedirs/Bob/test/debug.txt

The InfiniteIO File Metadata Engine Unlocks Speed and Savings

The InfiniteIO File Metadata Engine (FIME) architecture, powered by deep packet inspection, separates metadata processing from file/O. IME learns file metadata and responds from DRAM at rates impossible to achieve with a file system.

InfiniteIO responds to file metadata requests directly from the network, slashing latency from seconds to less than 100 microseconds. Nothing is faster, not flash, not NVMe.

As simple to install as a network switch – deploys in minutes with no downtime or workflow changes.

Slashes File System Latency to Significantly Improve Application Performance

Processes Metadata to Turbo-charge Applications

Scale Simply with No Disruption

With an intelligent metadata management approach, InfiniteIO avoids unnecessary downtime and complexity. You install InfiniteIO like a network switch with no downtime or disruption. Simply drop InfiniteIO Application Accelerator or Hybrid Cloud Tiering products into the network and immediately benefit from faster application performance and the ability to identify and transparently tier inactive files from primary storage to lower-cost NAS or hybrid cloud infrastructure. You can avoid changes to existing applications, storage and clients. The only change is faster performance and bigger cost savings.

Go Faster. Save More Money. Change Nothing.


Up to 50X Performance Improvement


Up to 80% Storage Cost Savings

The InfiniteIO Application Accelerator immediately reduces latency to dramatically improve application performance. You can reduce latency response time from seconds to microseconds to power  applications such as AI/ML, DevOps, HPC, VFX and simulations.

Deliver the fastest metadata performance to improve productivity and reduce app run time

Increase performance up to 50X by responding to metadata requests directly from the network at memory speeds

Add high-performance data tiering with a simple software upgrade. You can quickly identify cold files and automatically place them in any lower-cost NAS or object storage to reduce capex and opex—and access all files with no changes.

Saves storage costsup to 80% by finding and migrating cold data to any cloud or lower-cost NAS

Support billions of files and off-load millions of metadata operations per second without VMs, stubs, symbolic links, client modifications or workflow changes